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What is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates

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What is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates

Living with SI joint dysfunction can turn everyday routines into a series of mindful practices. Each morning, getting out of bed or putting on shoes involves slow, deliberate movements to prevent sharp pain in the lower back and hips. Even routine tasks like sitting at a desk or driving for long periods can require strategic planning, with frequent breaks for stretching and adjusting posture to avoid discomfort. With thoughtful adjustments and consistent care, you find ways to manage SI joint dysfunction while continuing to lead an active and fulfilling life.

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What is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SI joint dysfunction) refers to pain in the sacroiliac joint, which is located where the spine connects to the pelvis. The SI joint is crucial in transferring weight and forces between the upper and lower bodies. When the sacroiliac joint becomes inflamed or moves abnormally, it can cause significant pain and discomfort, affecting daily activities.

Symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

SI joint dysfunction can present a variety of symptoms that may be mistaken for other conditions, such as lower back pain or sciatica.

Treatment Options for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Treatment for SI joint dysfunction often involves a combination of self-care, physical therapy, and medical interventions. Here are some standard treatment options:

When to See an Orthopaedic Specialist

You should consider seeing an orthopaedic specialist if:

  • Your pain persists despite trying self-care measures and over-the-counter medications
  • You experience significant difficulty performing daily activities due to pain
  • Your symptoms worsen or do not improve with initial treatments

An orthopedic specialist can perform a comprehensive evaluation, including imaging tests, to accurately diagnose the cause of your pain and recommend suitable treatment options.

Why you can trust us:

  • We have multiple Orthopaedic Spine & Back Specialists who treat spine & back-related injuries every day.
  • We have the Spine and Back Institute with a team of world-recognized back specialists, orthopaedists, and therapists who have focused solely on back, neck, and spine health issues for over 15 years.
  • We have a whole-body health approach when it comes to orthopaedic spine, neck, and back health. The health of the entire body is connected to your back.  

Want to know more? Visit our website.

When to Seek Urgent Care

POA Has Six Urgent Care Facilities


11 Centre Drive
Monroe Twp., NJ 08831


5 Plainsboro Road, Suite 100
Plainsboro, NJ 08536


1 Union Street Suite 305
Robbinsville, NJ 08691


325 Princeton Avenue
Princeton, NJ 08540


315 US Highway 206
Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844


340 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628

Urgent Care Hours

Seek urgent care if:

  • You experience sudden, severe pain in your lower back or pelvis
  • You have difficulty controlling your bladder or bowels
  • You experience numbness or weakness in your legs

These symptoms could indicate a more severe condition that requires immediate medical attention.

Take Action Against Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Don't let sacroiliac joint dysfunction continue to impact your daily life. Diagnosis and treatment can help you manage symptoms effectively and improve your quality of life. If you are experiencing persistent pain or difficulty with daily activities, schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic specialist today.

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