Site Map

Sacroiliac joint pain - aftercare

SIJ pain - aftercare; SIJ dysfunction - aftercare; SIJ strain - aftercare; SIJ subluxation -aftercare; SIJ syndrome - aftercare

I Would Like to Learn About:


The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is a term used to describe the place where the sacrum and the iliac bones join.

More About Your Problem

The main purpose of the joint is to connect the spine and the pelvis. As a result, there is very little movement at the SIJ.

Major reasons for pain around the SIJ include:

Although, SIJ pain can be caused by trauma, this type of injury more often develops over a long period.

What to Expect

Symptoms of SIJ dysfunction include:

Your doctor may move your legs and hips around in different positions to help diagnose a SIJ dysfunction. You may also need to have x-rays or a CT scan.

Symptom Relief

Follow these steps for the first few days or weeks after your injury or when starting treatment for SIJ pain:

For pain, you can use ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or acetaminophen (Tylenol). You can buy these medicines at the store without a prescription.

If this is a chronic problem, your doctor may prescribe an injection to help with pain and inflammation. The injection can be repeated over time if needed.


Keep activity to a minimum. The more time the injury has to rest, the better. For support during activity, you can use a sacroiliac belt or lumbar brace.

Physical therapy is an important part of the healing process. It will help relieve pain and increase strength. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist for exercises to practice.

Here is an example of an exercise for your lower back:

The best way to get rid of SIJ pain is to stick to a care plan. The more you rest, ice, and practice exercises, the quicker your symptoms will improve or your injury will heal.


Your doctor may need to follow up if the pain is not going away as expected. You may need:

When to Call the Doctor

Call the doctor if you have any of the following:


Cohen SP, Chen Y, Neufeld NJ. Sacroiliac joint pain: a comprehensive review of epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment. Expert Rev Neurother. 2013;13:99-116.

Isaac Z, Feeney R. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD Jr, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2014:chap 51.


Review Date: 11/26/2014  

Reviewed By: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission ( URAC's accreditation program is an independent audit to verify that A.D.A.M. follows rigorous standards of quality and accountability. A.D.A.M. is among the first to achieve this important distinction for online health information and services. Learn more about A.D.A.M.'s editorial policy, editorial process and privacy policy. A.D.A.M. is also a founding member of Hi-Ethics and subscribes to the principles of the Health on the Net Foundation (

The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- 2016 A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.