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Sacroiliac Joint Pain Treatments


Treatment depends on the cause of the pain. Any underlying condition would receive treatment specific for that disease. For stress fractures, doctors recommend limited weight-bearing. Regardless of the cause, short-term rest is often advised.

Other treatment may include:


Your doctor may recommend or prescribe any of the following:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as:
  • Pain medication— acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Steroid injections into the sacroiliac joint
  • Antibiotics for infected joints

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy may include:

  • Exercises to stretch the muscles of the lower back
  • Exercises to strengthen the muscles which support the area
  • Exercises to affect the motion of the sacroiliac joint
  • Applying ice to the painful area
  • Applying deep heat to the sore area

Back Care

Prevent stress to the painful area with the following:

  • Proper bending
  • Proper lifting
  • No twisting of the body

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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