The key symptom of SI joint pain is a dull or sharp pain that is mostly felt in the low back region and/or the buttocks. This pain can even radiate into the upper thighs or even the mid-back region and may or may not occur on both sides of the spine depending on which side is affected. Occasionally, there is numbness or a tingling sensation in the upper legs and surrounding areas of the body.
Often, those who sit or remain in one position for extended periods of time or participate in more strenuous or consistent activities tend to experience pain that is intensified and worsens over time. Even something as simple as sleeping in the same position or sitting on the couch for a long movie can aggravate the pain and worsen affected regions.
Many daily activities become more difficult as time goes by. Mobility and functionality are greatly affected. Lifestyle habits that you typically enjoy are reduced and your movement becomes more restricted and constrained. Many who used to lead active lifestyles may find that they can no longer enjoy long hikes, high contact sports, or many intense activities that require lots of movement and flexibility.
No matter how healthy the lifestyle of a person, SI joint pain can affect anyone especially in their early 30s all through their senior years. In many cases, SI joint pain can even affect younger patients and cause many problems to their active young adult life.
If you are experiencing some of these symptoms for an extended time lasting longer than just a few weeks, you might have sacroiliac joint problems and it is best to consult a trained health care professional or chiropractor. SI joint pain is more common than most people think, and it is always best to get it evaluated and diagnosed early.