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Sacroiliac Joint


The Sacroiliac Joints are located at the bottom of the back. You have one either side of the spine. The Sacroiliac joints help make up the rear part of the pelvic girdle.

These joints can often get stuck or in some cases one half of the pelvis can glide forwards or backwards, which is often referred to as a twisted pelvis. When this occurs it often irritates the Iliolumbar ligament which results in Inflammation. This is usually indicated by tenderness around the bony lumps which you can feel if you place your thumbs either side of your lower back.

Inflammation of the sacroiliac joints and associated ligaments are very common, especially following pregnancy where the hormone relaxing is released and this results in the relaxation of ligaments in preparation for childbirth. In most cases the causes of sacroiliitis are mechanical, however there may be other medical inflammatory conditions present such as Ankylosing Spondylitis as well as others which will need attention.

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Symptoms include:


  • Pain located either to the left or right of your lower back. The pain can range from an ache to a sharp pain which can restrict movement.
  • The pain may radiate to your buttocks and and will often radiate to the front into the groin. Occasionally it is responsible for pain in the testicles among males.
  • Occasionally there may be referred pain into the lower limb which can be mistaken for sciatica.
  • Classic symptoms are difficulty turning over in bed, struggling to put on shoes and socks and pain getting in and out of the car.
  • Stiffness in the lower back when getting up after sitting for long periods and when getting up from bed in the morning.
  • Aching to one side of your lower back when driving long distances.

How can a sports injury specialist help:


  • Use diagnostic tests to discover the cause of the problem.
  • Eliminate medical diseases such as Ankylosing Spondylitis.
  • Prescribe anti-inflammatory medication and rest.
  • Physiotherapy
  • Local Injection.
  • Advise Ice and cold therapy to reduce inflammation.