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Sacroiliitis May Be the Reason for your Lower Back Pain

December 29, 2015 in Back Pain

Depending on the location of your chronic aches and pains, you could be living with a range of different musculoskeletal conditions such as sacroiliitis. From degenerative diseases to autoimmune disorders and inflammatory issues, there are numerous common and rare health issues that may be contributing to chronic bone, joint or muscle discomfort. By narrowing down the list of possibilities based on the type and location of the pain you're experiencing on a regular basis, you can work to find a better solution to managing your condition.

If you have been dealing with recurring pain in your lower back, you may want to investigate sacroiliitis as a potential factor and look at some lower back pain treatment options. Here is some introductory information on this musculoskeletal condition to help inform your treatment options.

What is sacroiliitis?

The Mayo Clinic reported that sacrioliitis is an inflammatory condition that primarily affects that lower back and pelvis. As the sacroiliac joints - which bridge the base of the spine and the pelvis - become inflamed, it can result in regular pain throughout the lower back, buttocks and legs.

Pain throughout the lower body is common to many musculoskeletal conditions similar to sacroiliitis, so doctors or care providers may not initially recognize symptoms as related to the issue. While the majority of pain and discomfort is felt in the lower spine and pelvis, it is not uncommon for inflammation to cause issues in the upper legs. In certain cases, sacroiliitis may even affect the feet.

Pain associated with sacroiliitis can often become aggravated by simple motions such as walking up the stairs, going for a run or walking briskly. Individuals with the condition may also feel pain worsening after extended periods standing up, especially if one left is supporting more of the body's weight than the other.

What are the causes and risk factors of sacroiliitis?

Spine-Health.com noted that sacroiliitis can be caused by numerous factors. Inflammation associated with the disease may be the result of a recent traumatic injury that has damaged the pelvis or lower back. Similarly, some pregnant women may develop the condition during the course of their term or following delivery, as physical changes can result in increased pressure on the sacroiliac joints.

Certain musculoskeletal diseases can also increase the likelihood of developing sacroiliitis. For instance, spinal osteoarthritis can cause decreased strength and flexibility of the backbone, which can affect the sacroiliac joints. Similarly, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis can all contribute to chronic pain symptoms.

Sacroiliitis can also be caused by an infection that reaches the sacroiliac joints. In some cases, a urinary tract infection could be the trigger of inflammation. Additionally, drug abuse or addiction, especially intravenous substances, can play a role in the condition's development.

What are the treatment options for sacroiliitis?

According to the Mayo Clinic, there is an array of different treatment and therapy options for addressing chronic pain caused by sacroiliitis. Many doctors call for powerful prescription medications such as painkillers and muscle relaxers to dull the discomfort. In certain cases, surgery may be necessary to treat extreme forms of the condition. However, there are alternative options for those who are uncomfortable with these medical avenues.

One such treatment option employs electrical stimulation of the sacroiliac joints to relieve pain. Using a device like Dr. Ho's Pain Therapy System Pro can be an ideal way to enjoy the positive benefits of electrical massage therapy for discomfort of the bones, joints and muscles around the lower back and pelvis. This amazing device uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to safely massage away pain. The effect is similar to visiting a trained massage therapist. With regular usage of this technology developed by Dr. Michael Ho, individuals may experience significant reduction in joint pain from sacroiliitis.

 

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Comments
  • Hilda DeVries

    March 1, 2016 at 11:44 am
    I just ordered Dr. Ho's Pain Therapy System but am a little confused about whether I will get more help from the system or the belt which can be worn while doing chores. I awaken with the pain as the night progresses and is worse in the morning until I start moving around. During the day I walk, do water aerobics and ride a stationary bike. But the pain is still there at night. Can you advise me on which will give the most relief.
    • DR-HO'S

      March 14, 2016 at 3:04 pm
      Hi Hilda,

      The Pain Therapy System and the Decompression Belt both provide different therapies. It really comes down to if you are suffering from a muscle issue or vertebrae issue from your L1 to L5. If you are suffering from a muscular issue then I would recommend that you try the Pain Therapy System first and if it's a vertebrae issue then you should try the Decompression Belt. However, we always recommend to customers with lower back pain that they use both therapies in conjunction with one another. Use the Pain Therapy System first to relax the muscles and increase circulation in the area and then use the Decompression Belt to provide traction to the L1 to L5 vertebraes. If you have any further questions please post here or call us toll free at 1.877.374.6669.

      Best of Health & Happiness!
  • Jose Rivas

    August 9, 2016 at 1:43 am
    Can you Pain Therapy System relieve my backspin due to Ankylosing Spondylitis?
    • DR-HO'S

      August 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm
      Hi Jose,

      The Pain Therapy System can help with your backpain but you would have to use it on a regular and daily basis. What the machine will do for you is help to improve circulation and reduce some of the tension in the muscles which are caused by the stiffening of your vertebrae.

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