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Sacroiliac joint problems are called by different names, such as SI joint dysfunction, SI joint syndrome, SI joint inflammation, or SI joint strain. But all these boil down to one common condition – pain in the sacroiliac joints caused by varied causes; although, studies are still ongoing to determine whether the pain comes from the joint surfaces or from the ligaments that keep these joints together.
Aside from the commonly known disorders affecting the joints, there are other conditions that also cause inflammation in the sacroiliac joints.
Conditions that Causes Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Osteoarthritis. Of the more than one hundred types of arthritis problems, osteoarthritis is the most common. It is a form of arthritis that commonly affects the hands, feet, spine, hips, and knees; and characterized by the breakdown and eventual loss of the cartilage of one or more joints. Osteoarthritis, which is classified as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, occurs more often as the person advances in age.
Psoriatic arthritis. Although it is yet uncertain whether psoriatic arthritis is a singular disease or a variation of psoriasis, evidence shows that they are both caused by the same immune system condition. It is an inflammatory disease that causes stiff, tender, and inflamed joints.
Ankylosing spondylitis. Previously known as Bekhterev’s disease, Bekhterev syndrome, and Marie-Strümpell disease, ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of chronic, degenerative arthritis that affects the spine and the sacroiliac joints in the pelvis and causes stiffness and pain in and around the spine. Although its cause still remains unclear, genetic is seen to be a factor. Ankylosing spondylitis is likely to result in the locking up of joints, depriving the joint hyaline cartilage of nutrients and oxygen and eventually causing the build up of wastes in the joint and losing the mobility of the spine.
Ankylosing spondylitis affects people of all age levels, including children, but it is twice or thrice more common among men than in women.
Reiter’s syndrome. Also known as Reactive arthritis or Reiter’s arthritis, it is an autoimmune disease that arises in response to an infection in another part of the body, called cross-reactivity. It is specifically characterized by three conditions, namely: inflamed joints; inflammation of the eyes, or conjunctivitis, and; inflammation of the genital, urinary, and gastrointestinal systems.
Enteropathic arthritis. It is a form of chronic, inflammatory arthritis considered as one of the spondylarthropathies, and associated with the ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Enteropathic arthritis particularly affects the peripheral joints and in some cases, the entire spine. Up to the present, there is no known cure yet for enteropathic arthritis, although medications and therapies are available to keep the symptoms in control.
Nevertheless, whatever sacroiliac joint pain you may experience, it is important to correctly diagnose its cause in order to obtain an appropriate guide for treatment. During consultation, a chiropractor will ask the patient a number of pertinent questions and perform a physical examination, and test some of the patient’s movements of the back, hips and legs. He will also feel and press the low back and the lower abdomen to check for areas of tenderness. All these will help him determine the source of pain.
On the other hand, the patient can gauge if the diagnosis is correct by the way he responds to early treatment.