What is sacroiliac joint pain?

Sacroiliac Joint Pain
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Sacroiliac joint pain: Overview

The sacroiliac joints connect the spine and each side of the pelvis. These joints bear the weight and stress of your torso.

Stress on the sacroiliac joints can cause joint pain. This joint pain is more common during pregnancy. Certain kinds of arthritis also may cause this type of joint pain.

Home treatment may help you feel better. So can avoiding activities that stress your back. Your doctor also may recommend physical therapy. This may include doing exercises and stretches to help with pain. You may also learn to use good posture.

How can you care for sacroiliac joint pain?

  • Ask your doctor about light exercises that may help your back pain. Try to do light activity throughout the day. Find a comfortable position for rest, but don't stay in one position for too long. Avoid activities that cause pain.
  • To apply heat, put a warm water bottle, a heating pad set on low, or a warm cloth on your back. Do not go to sleep with a heating pad on your skin.
  • Put ice or a cold pack on your back for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin.
  • If the doctor gave you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed.
  • If you are not taking a prescription pain medicine, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve). Read and follow all instructions on the label. Take pain medicines exactly as directed.
  • Do not take two or more pain medicines at the same time unless the doctor told you to. Many pain medicines have acetaminophen, which is Tylenol. Too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be harmful.
  • To prevent future back pain, do exercises to stretch and strengthen your back and stomach. Learn how to use good posture, safe lifting techniques, and proper body mechanics.

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