Living with sacroiliitis joint (SIJ) dysfunction may be excruciatingly painful and aggravating. It’s a painful ailment that occurs when the joints in your lower back (where your pelvis joins to your spine) become inflamed, stiffed, or weakened. 

If you have this illness, you may experience pain in your buttocks and lower back, which may extend down your leg. It may worsen after prolonged sitting, standing, or stair climbing. The pain you’re experiencing might be mild to severe–at any degree, it’s not something anybody wants to go through, and it’s something orthopedic doctors see all too often.

Causes of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

  • Car accident, serious fall, or physical trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Repetitive stress
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Overuse
  • One side of the joint becomes too loose
  • One side of the joint becomes stiff
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Hip problems
  • Injured joints

SIJ is more common in elderly individuals, but it can strike anyone at any age. The illness is more prone to women than males, and it might worsen during or after intercourse and during menstruation. And, while it can impact athletes and physically active persons, it can also afflict those who lead a sedentary lifestyle.

Symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

  • Sharp, stabbing, or dull pain in one side of the pelvis or low back, groin, or tailbone
  • Pain radiating down to the knee
  • Discomfort with standing from a seated posture, turning in bed, bending, or twisting
  • Muscle tightness and tenderness in the hip or buttock region
  • Pain when walking, standing, and prolonged sitting
  • Pain worsens when standing and walking and eases when sitting or lying down

Physical Exercises for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

  • Hamstring stretches
  • Hip abductor stretch
  • Glute exercises
  • Lower trunk rotation
  • One knee to chest stretch
  • Both knees to chest stretch
  • Back bridge stretch
  • Isometric hip adductor stretch
  • Quad stretch

Yoga Exercises for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

  • Cobra pose
  • Locust pose
  • Bow pose

Other Pain Relief Exercises for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

  • Aquatic activity
  • Walking 
  • Biking

Exercises to Avoid for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

  • Sit-ups
  • Abdominal crunches
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Weightlifting
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Too long biking

Medical Treatment for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Changing your lifestyle and including exercises for sacrum pain might help alleviate the discomfort. Consulting with the experts at Massage Rx can help you find treatments and activities tailored to your unique requirements, including the following:

  • Stretching and strengthening program
  • Physical therapy 
  • SIJ injections

SIJ dysfunction can be treated by physical therapists in helping alleviate the discomfort and restore mobility. When you need one, give us a call here at Massage Rx today! We are here, ready to provide the best advice and treatment options that suit your condition best! Learn more here:


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