What is Sacroiliitis? | Dr. Andrew Cash, MD Las Vegas, Nevada
By Brooke Strickland and Dr. Andrew Cash
Sacroiliitis is a painful condition that means the sacroliliac joint (either one or both of them) is inflamed. These joints connect the lower part of the spine to the pelvis. The pain felt with this condition is very severe and is commonly felt in the buttocks, groin, thighs, or lower part of the back, usually with a radiating intensity. It is often more pronounced after standing for a long period of time, running, or by stair climbing or other rigorous back and leg movement.
What causes Sacroiliitis?
There are a variety of reasons why a person may have Sacroiliitis. Many times, it can be caused by pregnancy, due to the hormones that are released in the pelvic area to soften pelvic area ligaments for childbirth. This can cause an increased amount of pressure or stress on the joints which can ultimately lead to pain or inflammation. Osteoarthritis is another common reason for the development of Sacroiliitis. In other cases, trauma that causes direct damage to the joints can cause this condition to develop and in more rare cases, infection of the joints can lead to Sacroiliitis.
To diagnose the condition, your doctor will do a physical exam, and then usually an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI scan will show inflammation. If you are diagnosed with it, treatment is devised to relieve symptoms and improve function. This may include pain-relieving medication, bed rest, muscle relaxers, massage, steroid injections, or other physical therapies to improve posture and increase muscle strength. Surgery is usually quite rare, but can be done to help relieve pain.
To find out if you have Sacroiliitis, contact Dr. Cash at Desert Institute of Spine Care for an appointment at: http://www.disclv.com.