Sacroiliitis

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sacroiliitis is an inflammation of one or both sacroiliac joints, which can lead to inflammatory low back pain. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this painful condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Sacroiliitis is an inflammation of one or both of your sacroiliac joints the places where your lower spine and pelvis connect.

The condition can cause pain in your buttocks or lower back, and may even extend down one or both legs.

A wide range of factors or events may cause sacroiliac joint dysfunction, including:

Traumatic injury, such as a motor vehicle crash or a fall.

Arthritis can occur in sacroiliac joints, as can ankylosing spondylitis a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects the spine.

PregnancyThe added weight during pregnancy can cause additional stress on these joints, and

InfectionIn rare cases, the sacroiliac joint can become infected.

Sacroiliitis pain can be aggravated by:

Prolonged standing

Bearing more weight on one leg than the other

Stair climbing

Running, or

Taking large strides

Sacroiliitis can be difficult to diagnose, because it may be mistaken for other causes of low back pain. Treatment of sacroiliitis may involve a combination of rest, physical therapy and medications.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.