As a runner you want to cross the finish line - no matter if it is an important race or mile stone within your training routine. Suddenly you feel pain on your hip or lower back area close to your tailbone. Running feels tight and less fluid. Then you may be dealing with sacroiliac (SI) joint pain or SI joint dysfunction. Try Bauerfeind's SacroLoc SI joint belt for stability, relief and protection from recurring excessive strain to get you back to your training routine.
Symptoms: What does SI joint pain feel like?
Most runners describe SI joint pain symptoms as stabbing or dull lower back pain mostly on one side sometimes radiating in the glutes or thigh. While SI joint pain can generally be treated at home, you should see a physician if you had an accident or feel tingling in your limbs.
SI Joint Anatomy
Two sacroiliac (SI) joints connecting the triangular bone of the lower back (sacrum) with your pelvis (ilia). The joints are secured with strong ligaments to support the area.
What causes SI joint pain in runners?
While running the muscles and joints absorb shock. Biomechanical differences in posture or gait while running, injuries or loose ligaments post-partum might be one of many reasons of SI joint issues during or after runs.
- Leg length discrepancy
- A fall on the buttocks
- Unexpectedly stepping into a hole or off a curb
- Tight hip rotator muscles
- Pregnancy and child birth
- Stress fracture of the hip
We know how hard it can be to give up your running routine for a while especially when you are training for an important race. Depending on the underlying cause of your SI joint pain you can get back to running soon. The first course of action is usually over-the-counter pain relievers, icing as well as gentle stretching and strengthening exercise. Foam rolling can help to mobilize tight hip rotators. Pool running and swimming are effective ways to cross train. Bauerfeind's SacroLoc brace supports and stabilizes your hip for effective SI joint relief to get you back on track.