4 Telltale Symptoms of Sacroiliitis
You have two sacroiliac joints — one on each side of your lower spine — and they connect your spine to your pelvis. These joints serve as shock absorbers and help decrease stress on your pelvis and spine.
If one or both of these joints get inflamed, discomfort and mobility issues can result. This condition is called sacroiliitis.
If you’re dealing with pain in your lower back and buttocks, your sacroiliac joints could be involved. Fortunately, our providers at Pain Management Specialists in Rockville and Frederick, Maryland, are experts in treating sacroiliitis.
In this blog, they go over four signs that your pain could be due to an irritated sacroiliac joint.
1. Lower back pain
Lower back pain is one of the main symptoms of sacroiliitis, and it’s often felt on one side of the body. Furthermore, the pain is usually located in the sacroiliac joint area, which is just above the buttocks. The pain may be dull or sharp, and it may radiate down the leg that’s located on the side where the pain is most felt.
And while it can be difficult to distinguish sacroiliitis-related pain from other types of lower back pain, one clue is that the pain tends to worsen when lying on your side. Furthermore, prolonged sitting or standing can worsen the pain. And, often, the pain lessens with rest.
2. Hip pain
Sacroiliitis can also cause pain in the hip joints, which are located near the sacroiliac joints. The pain may be felt on one or both sides of the body, and it may be accompanied by stiffness or weakness. Walking or engaging in weight-bearing activities may aggravate the pain.
Hip pain caused by sacroiliitis is often described as a deep ache or pressure, and it may be worse when sitting or standing for long periods. The pain may worsen at night, which can make sleeping difficult.
3. Limited range of motion
As sacroiliitis progresses, it may cause limited range of motion in the lower back, hips, or legs, which may make it difficult to perform everyday activities, such as walking, bending, or lifting. If left untreated, sacroiliitis can lead to permanent joint damage and disability.
Limited range of motion is often one of the first symptoms of sacroiliitis, and it can make it difficult to engage in physical activity. You may find that you're unable to bend over to tie your shoes or reach for objects on a high shelf.
4. Fatigue and generalized symptoms
In severe cases, sacroiliitis can cause fatigue and fever. This is because inflammation in the sacroiliac joint can trigger an immune response, which can lead to generalized symptoms.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms along with lower back pain, hip pain, or limited range of motion, it’s crucial to get in to see us as soon as possible. Fatigue caused by sacroiliitis can be debilitating and make it difficult to engage in everyday activities.
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Sacroiliitis is a painful condition that can significantly impact your quality of life. If you're experiencing any of the symptoms we’ve discussed, it’s time to get help. Our providers will perform a thorough evaluation and pinpoint what’s causing your symptoms. Then we’ll design a treatment plan to help you move freely again without pain.
For unmatched pain management care, book an appointment online or over the phone with Pain Management Specialists today.