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Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Atlantic Coast Spine & Pain Center

R. Blake Kline, MD

Interventional Pain Management & Anesthesiologist located in Conway, SC

Sacroiliac joint pain can keep you from robust mobility, which can have serious negative effects on your daily life. Finding relief is essential, and there are many treatment options available. If you’re ready to restore healthy joint function and find lasting pain relief, schedule a consultation with Dr. R. Blake Kline at Atlantic Coast Spine & Pain Center today. Online scheduling, or scheduling by phone, is available to help you find a convenient time to visit the Conway, South Carolina office.

Sacroiliac Joint Pain Q & A

What are the causes of sacroiliac joint pain?

Your sacroiliac joint is at the base of your spine, just above your tailbone. It connects the bone at the bottom of your spine to your pelvis. It doesn’t move much, but it acts as a shock absorber and transfers all of the force of your upper body to your pelvis and legs.

Either too much or too little movement in the joint usually causes sacroiliac joint pain. Other causes include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pregnancy
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Gout
  • Certain walking patterns

What are the treatment options for sacroiliac joint pain?

Dr. Kline may use steroid injections to determine the source of your joint pain. These procedures involve injecting a solution of anti-inflammatory medications and a local anesthetic directly into the joint.

If pain relief is immediate, that lets Dr. Kline know if the source of your pain is your sacroiliac joint. Steroid injections do not provide lasting relief, however, which is why most men and women use them in conjunction with other treatment options.

Dr. Kline may recommend that you try physical therapy along with certain lifestyle changes to find relief from sacroiliac joint pain. He might also prescribe medications to assist you, including short-term oral steroids, muscle relaxants, or anti-inflammatory drugs.

Can radiofrequency ablation help with sacroiliac joint pain?

If other treatment options do not give you the desired results, Dr. Kline may advise you to try radiofrequency ablation. This procedure uses carefully targeted electrical current to stop the transmission of pain signals from your joint to your brain.

During the procedure, Dr. Kline uses radio waves to direct heat through an electrode to create one or more lesions on your nerves. Those small injuries stop your nerves from sending pain signals to your brain, reducing or even ending pain from that area of your body.  

To find out more about treating sacroiliac joint pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kline today.