SI Joint Pain Treatment in Torrance

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The pelvis and lower spine are connected by two sacroiliac joints located on both sides of the pelvis. Tough ligaments enhance SI joint strength essential for supporting your upper body weight. Inflammation of the SI ligaments (sacroiliitis) can cause lower back pain, pain in the buttocks and radiating pain in one or both of your legs. Aging and wear and tear are the most common reasons for SI joint pain. If you are suffering from chronic lower back pain and live in Torrance sacroiliac joint pain treatment is available now at Rolling Hills Medical.

Symptoms of SI Joint Pain Disorders

Since SI joint pain feels like generic lower back pain, many people think it is simply due to overuse or strain and do not seek treatment. One symptom of sacroiliitis that differs from typical lower back pain involves pain in your buttocks that worsens when you stand too long or put more weight on one leg while standing. Other signs of SI joint disorder include:

  • Pain feels like a  tight "band" across your lower spine
  • Persistent dull achiness in your lower back or a more severe, sharper pain that reduces mobility
  • Pain in the testicles or groin area for men with SI joint inflammation
  • Lower back stiffness after sitting for extended periods or getting out of bed
  • Tenderness felt when you press on the ligaments surrounding the SI joints

Causes of SI Joint Pain

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For residents of Torrance SI joint pain relief may be needed if they have:

  • Suffered a traumatic injury to the back, hips or legs that damages SI joints
  • Osteoarthritis affecting their SI joints
  • Been diagnosed with an inflammatory type of arthritis that affects the spine only called ankylosing spondylitis

SI joint pain may occur during and after pregnancy. Stretching and loosening of SI joints are necessary to allow for natural childbirth. Additionally, weight gain may put too much stress on SI joints, leading to accelerated wear and tear of ligaments. In rare cases, the SI joints may become infected with an inflammatory bacterial disease-causing lower back pain, fever, and other signs of infection.

Torrance SI Joint Pain Treatment Options

Inflammation of the SI joints is often misdiagnosed as simple lower back strain, spinal stenosis, or herniated disc. Getting an accurate diagnosis at Rolling Hills Medical center is vital to receiving appropriate treatment essential for relieving pain and inflammation.

Corticosteroid Injections

Corticosteroids imitate the beneficial effects of the hormone cortisol made naturally by your body. When corticosteroids are introduced into the body at an amount exceeding normal levels of steroid hormones, they quickly suppress inflammation and alleviate pain. Routinely given to people with bursitis, osteoarthritis and tendinitis, corticosteroid injections are the first-line treatment for SI joint pain.

Epidural Steroid Injections

Sacroiliitis caused by excessive wear and tear, trauma, or long-term arthritis may require epidural steroid injections to alleviate pain and inflammation. Delivered directly to your spine's epidural area, ESI's could be recommended when corticosteroids are ineffective or other non-invasive treatments do not reduce inflammation. People with spinal stenosis, sciatica, and lumbar (lower back) pain often find soothing pain relief with epidural steroid injections.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

At our Rolling Hills Medical facility in Torrance, sacroiliac joint pain treatment includes minimally invasive surgery to strengthen and stabilize SI joints with fusion techniques and implants. This kind of minimal surgery takes less than an hour and patients are typically home the day after surgery.

If you need SI joint pain treatment in Torrance, call Rolling Hills Medical at (424) 250-8699 to make an appointment for a free consultation. We provide a comprehensive variety of pain management programs and only recommend surgery as a last resort. Contact our friendly staff today to learn more about our effective sacroiliac joint pain treatments.

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