Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Sacroiliac joint pain is a common cause of lower back and buttock pain. The sacroiliac joint connects the sacrum (the triangular bone at the base of the spine) to the ilium (part of the pelvis). When this joint becomes inflamed or irritated, it can lead to discomfort and limited mobility.
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What is Sacroiliac Joint Pain?
The sacroiliac joint is responsible for transmitting forces between the upper body and the lower body. It has limited mobility but is crucial for proper movement and stability. Sacroiliac joint pain occurs when there is inflammation, ligament sprain, or dysfunction in the joint, leading to localized discomfort and referred pain in the lower back, buttocks, hips, and legs.
Symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Sacroiliac joint pain can manifest in various ways, and its symptoms can be mistaken for other conditions. Common symptoms include:
- Lower Back Pain: Dull, aching pain on one side of the lower back that may radiate to the buttocks and thigh.
- Buttock Pain: Pain in the buttock area that may worsen when sitting or standing for prolonged periods.
- Hip Pain: Discomfort in the hip region, often experienced on one side.
- Leg Pain: Pain, numbness, or tingling sensations that may travel down the back of the leg (similar to sciatica).
- Pain During Movement: Pain may worsen with certain movements, such as bending, twisting, or climbing stairs.