SI Joint Pain Diagnosis
How to Get the Right Diagnosis for Your Chronic Low Back Pain Resulting From SI Joint Dysfunction
To appropriately diagnose a dysfunctional sacroiliac (SI) joint and prescribe the right treatment, your doctor will likely require your health history, including symptoms, a physical examination including the SI joint provocative maneuvers, and imaging studies. Your provider will also need to rule out other sources of low back pain such as the hip or spine, so there is less chance of misdiagnosis.
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Diagnosing SI joint pain includes a physical exam of the spine, pelvis and hips, provocative tests, and diagnostic injections.
Causes of SI Joint Pain
Trauma and degeneration are the two main causes of SI joint pain. Degeneration can occur following a lumbar fusion surgery or due to osteoarthritis. Trauma can occur due to natural childbirth or a motor vehicle accident.
How to Ensure an Accurate Diagnosis
15 to 30% of chronic low back pain can be attributed to the SI joint,1,2,3,4,5 but without appropriate diagnostic evaluation and interpretation by a health provider trained to evaluate the SI joint, the source can be missed. Get the right treatment by following these steps:
- Know what to ask your doctor
- Find an SI trained provider
- Get the right diagnostic evaluation
- Know your nonsurgical treatment options
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* Note: Dr. Harvey is a paid consultant. Results vary, not all patients will have the same outcome.
Questions & Answers
These “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) were created to answer some of the most common questions about the sacroiliac joint and the iFuse Implant System.
- Where is my sacroiliac (SI) joint?
- What is sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
- What are some causes for pain in the lower back, buttocks or pelvic region?