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Caring Medical &
Rehabilitation Services

Chicagoland office
715 Lake Street, Suite 600
Oak Park, IL 60301

Southwest Florida office
9738 Commerce
Center Court
Fort Myers, FL 33908

708.393.8266 Phone
855.779.1950 Fax

Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Injury

The term sacroiliac refers to the area of a small joint that lies at the junction of the sacrum, a part of the spine, and the ilium, a part of the pelvis. Although this joint does not move very much, it is critical to transferring the load of the upper body to the lower body. A common source of low back pain, a sacroiliac injury is also linked to sciatica, hip arthritis and back pain in general. The pubic symphysis may also be involved. A confusing pattern of back and pelvic pain that mimic each other often make diagnosis of sacroiliac joint problems very difficult.

How does a sacroiliac joint injury develop?

A sacroiliac injury can result from a direct fall on the buttocks, a motor vehicle accident or even a blow to the side of the pelvis, resulting in strained and weakened, or even torn ligaments around the joint. Injured ligaments lead to excessive motion of the joint, which will eventually lead to wear-and-tear of the joint and pain from degenerative arthritis. A sacroiliac injury can also affect the articular cartilage lining the joint, which, if not treated properly, will also lead to degenerative arthritis in the joint over time.

In some individuals, pain occurs because of an abnormality of the sacrum bone itself. Here, the bones that make up the sacrum never properly fuse together. As a result, the sacroiliac joint is somewhat malformed, leading to problems in the area including back pain that appears to come from that area. Referred pain, which occurs when a ligament injury or weakness in one part of the body causes pain in another part, may also be involved.

In addition, women are at risk for developing sacroiliac joint problems as a result of childbirth. Hormones released during pregnancy that allow the connective tissues in the body to relax cause changes to the joints, making them “hypermobile,” that is, extra or overly mobile. This may lead to back pain during pregnancy and, over a period of time, and particularly after several pregnancies, can eventually lead to wear-and-tear arthritis of the sacroiliac joint.

Looking for a better treatment for a Sacroiliac Injury?

The traditional medicine approach to sacroiliac inflammation and/or injury usually involves stopping whatever activity may have led to the injury and pain, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and physical therapy. If these treatments fail to bring relief, cortisone injections are prescribed. The problem with these treatment approaches is that they do nothing to repair the injured ligaments and cartilage that may be involved and, thus, do not alleviate the chronic pain that people with this condition experience.

Stopping an activity, or rest, is just one of the components of RICE, a treatment approach commonly used for many sport-related injuries. Unfortunately, all the components of RICE – rest, ice, compression and elevation – hinder rather than help ligament and cartilage healing. Similarly, the use of steroids and anti-inflammatories actually does more damage than good. Although cortisone shots and anti-inflammatory drugs have been shown to produce short-term pain benefit, both result in long-term loss of function and even more chronic pain by actually inhibiting the healing process of soft tissues, and accelerating cartilage degeneration, among other systemic damage in the body.

When all else fails, patients who experience chronic joint pain that fails to respond to other treatments may be referred to a surgeon. In fact, studies are currently being conducted to explore the advantages of surgically fusing a sacroiliac joint that has not benefited from conventional treatment. Unfortunately, surgery often makes the problem worse. Surgeons will use x-ray technology as a diagnostic tool, which does not always properly diagnose the pain source. And if the removal of cartilage tissue is involved in the surgery, arthritis is the likely result.

Prolotherapy addresses the underlying cause of a Sacroiliac Injury

sacroiliac joint injury treatmentSacroiliac iliac injuries responds very well to Prolotherapy treatment. This regenerative injection treatment stimulates the growth of the sacroiliac ligament, which helps the bony alignments in the area stay in place, resulting in healing. In addition, it has been found that if the sacroiliac joint is weakened or injured, there is a good chance the pubic symphysis is weakened as well. Both result in pain, especially in the low back. As a result, the pubic symphysis may be treated with Prolotherapy in tandem with the sacroiliac joint.

Chronic pain is most commonly due to tendon, cartilage and ligament damage or weakness. Prolotherapy offers the safest and most effective natural medicine treatment for repairing tendon, ligament and cartilage damage. In simple terms, Prolotherapy stimulates the body to repair painful areas. It does so by inducing a mild inflammatory reaction in the weakened fibro-osseous junctions, thus triggering the body to repair and strengthen.

Prolotherapy research

Read our Prolotherapy research, including a study done on patients with chronic low back pain, on

Think Prolotherapy may be for you? Call us!

Schedule a consultation via email or call us at 708-393-8266, and tell us more about your case to determine if you are a good candidate for Comprehensive Prolotherapy. Caring Medical is a leader in Prolotherapy, Stem Cell therapy, and Platelet Rich Plasma, with offices in Chicago land and Southwest Florida, servicing patients from around the globe. Our Prolotherapy practitioners, Dr. Ross Hauser, PA Danielle Steilen, or Dr. Timothy Speciale, would be happy to help you achieve the pain-free life you desire. The difference is in the care, technique, and experience you get with the team at Caring Medical.

The Prolotherapy treatment regimens suggested here are based on the experience of Caring Medical, and are provided for informational purposes only. They do not apply to every case or condition. A person using these recommendations without the aid of a personal physician does so at their own risk. It is essential to have your condition evaluated by your own healthcare provider. For a consultation with one of our specialists, please make an appointment.

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