If the patient’s symptoms are alleviated as a result, then the test will prove positive for a problem with the joint.
In treating inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, conservative approaches usually work best. Obviously, the patient should avoid any activities that caused the symptoms. If the patient is an athlete, he or she should refrain from participating in sports until the inflammation dissipates. Certain anti-inflammatory medications may reduce the inflammation. However, it is important to recognize that such medications are not given as pain relief, but only as a means to reduce the inflammation. As such, if the patient discontinues the medication simply because the pain has subsided, he or she may be diminishing its effect on the inflammation. It is important to stick to the medicinal regimen as directed by the physician.
Another avenue of treatment includes physical therapy. A trained physical therapist can recommend a series of exercises that will strengthen the muscles around the sacroiliac joint and the lower back, helping to increase the flexibility around the joint.
If the above measures do not prove successful, the doctor may recommend a cortisone injection into the joint. Such an injection is far more powerful than the anti-inflammatory medications as noted above.
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