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How to find relief for SI joint pain

Causes, symptoms and treatment options for SI joint dysfunction

Are you experiencing pain near your hip or lower back, close to your tailbone. Initially, you might think the pain is related to your lower back. According to a recent study, 15-30% of lower back pain is actually associated with the sacroiliac (SI) joints, with women being more likely to experience SI joint pain or instability. A brace designed to treat SI joint pain, such as the Bauerfeind’s SacroLoc, can be a good option for conservative treatment.

SacroLoc Back Brace

The best SI joint belt – stabilizes and relieves the sacroiliac joint.

SacroLoc provides targeted pain relief with circular compression and two height-adjustable massage pads. The SI joint brace is easy to put on due to Velcro fastening with finger loops. The mesh-like knit is extra breathable and low-profile for extra comfort during everyday activities.

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Symptoms: What does SI joint pain feel like?

SI joint pain symptoms can include stabbing or dull lower back pain, mostly on one side. It can sometimes radiate within the glutes or thigh and worsen when standing, climbing stairs or walking.

Where is the SI joint located?

Two sacroiliac (SI) joints connect 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?

Biomechanical differences in posture or gait while walking and running as well as injuries or loose ligaments post-partum might be one of many causes of SI joint issues. Due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and increased stress on the pelvis during childbirth, women may be at an increased risk of developing SI joint dysfunction.

  • Injury or fall
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Stress fracture of the hip
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Arthritis
  • Lumbar fusion
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When to see a doctor

While SI joint pain can generally be treated at home, you should see a physician if you’ve had an accident or feel tingling in your limbs. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or experiencing pain post-partum.

How to treat sacroiliac dysfunction

The first course of action for acute SI joint pain is usually over-the-counter pain relievers, icing and gentle stretching and strengthening exercises. Bauerfeind's SacroLoc brace helps stabilizes and supports your hip for SI joint pain relief.

Depending on the cause of your SI joint pain, it usually gets better with:

Home remedies:

  • Some time off any sports with pounding movement such as running
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation
  • SI joint belt or brace such as the Bauerfeind SacroLoc
  • Gentle strength and stretching exercises
  • Massages

Advanced therapy:

  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Injections
  • In more severe cases, SI joint fusion
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SacroLoc: The patient-friendly SI joint belt

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Comfortable to wear

Made of extra breathable mesh-like knit

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Adjustable relief

Easy adjustable knit with straps to the desired stability


Lightweight, low-profile design can be worn over thin pants or under regular pants


This information is provided for general information purposes and should not be relied on as a substitute for medical advice, evaluation or care from a qualified and licensed health care provider. The information contained here is not to be considered a plan of care of physical therapy.