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Sacroiliac Joint Specialist

Valdosta Orthopedic Associates

Spine & Sports Medicine & Orthopedics located in Valdosta, GA

Problems with the sacroiliac joint can cause pain in your lower back, hips, and legs. If you suffer from sacroiliac joint pain, let the specialists at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates find the right treatment for you. Located in Valdosta, Georgia, the team offers a wide range of treatments and in-office diagnostics at one centralized location. To speak with a specialist about your sacroiliac joint pain, call or book your appointment online today.

Sacroiliac Joint Q & A

What causes sacroiliac joint dysfunction?

The sacroiliac joint connects your hip bone to your spine and tailbone. The sacroiliac joint absorbs shock between your upper body and legs with support from a group of small ligaments. 

Dysfunction with the sacroiliac joint can cause lower back pain, instability, stiffness, and pain that radiates down the legs. Sacroiliac joint pain can result from damage or inflammation caused by underlying problems like:

  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Overuse

In many cases, sacroiliac joint pain happens gradually due to jobs or activities that place repeated stress on the pelvis and lower back muscles. Traumatic injuries such as a fall or car accident can also damage the sacroiliac joint.

When should I see a doctor about my sacroiliac joint pain?

The symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction can worsen after long periods of standing or activities like running or climbing stairs. Sacroiliac joint pain can disrupt your daily life and make it difficult to walk or exercise without pain. 

If your pain lasts longer than a few days or doesn’t improve with at-home measures like over-the-counter pain relievers, the specialists at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates can determine the right treatment for you. 

Without proper treatment, sacroiliac joint dysfunction can result in chronic pain.

How is sacroiliac joint pain dysfunction diagnosed?

The symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction are similar to other conditions like sciatica, so an accurate diagnosis is essential. Your doctor begins with a physical exam and review of your medical history to diagnose your condition. 

Your doctor then performs imaging tests like an X-ray or MRI. Valdosta Orthopedic Associates offers on-site diagnostics ensuring a quick and accurate diagnosis. 

In some cases, your doctor may perform a sacroiliac joint injection to determine if the sacroiliac joint is the source of your pain. 

After your diagnosis, your doctor works with you to determine the best way to relieve your symptoms and restore your health.

What treatments are available?

Treatment depends on the severity of your condition. In most cases, your doctor recommends conservative care like:

  • Rest, ice, and heat
  • Physical therapy
  • Oral medication
  • Steroid injections

If your condition is severe, you may need surgery for effective treatment. Valdosta Orthopedic Associates offers several safe and effective procedures at their on-site surgical center. 

If you’re tired of suffering from painful sacroiliac joint dysfunction, book your appointment by phone or online today.