Typical problems that arise when patients come to us with sacroiliitis
Waiting too long and not getting a proper diagnosis
A common problem we see is that patients wait too long before they seek help. By the time they come to us for help, they’ve had pain for months or years. In some cases, they’ve had recurring episodes of pain that they have done nothing about. The longer you wait, the more advanced the problem becomes and the longer it will take to get better.
If you don’t get a proper diagnosis from the start, it wastes time. If someone is treating your sacroiliitis and not looking for the underlying cause, it’s like putting a plaster on the problem. This is ineffective, and your symptoms are likely to return.
Trying out, but not completing different forms of treatment
Often, patients take anti-inflammatory medication in the hopes that it will ease their pain. When they feel somewhat better, they stop the medication and try to get back to a normal routine. But often their symptoms come back because they haven’t restored the movement of their sacroiliac joint.
Using a back brace or SIJ belt might be useful in the beginning to give you the stability you need, but it won’t be a long term solution. The longer you use it, the more dependent you become on it. In fact, your core muscles should be giving you that stability.
And then, a lot of people stop their treatment halfway through because they feel better. You need to address the deeper problems like hyper- or hypomobility or poor core muscle strength. That is the best long-term solution. Patience is key.
Resting too much or too little
It’s a natural response. But, resting too much causes your body to decondition and leaves you feeling weaker. Whereas, too much movement, exercise or stretching leaves you with even more pain and inflammation. People tend to stretch or foam roll to ease the stiffness, but you can easily overdo it. Finding the balance between resting and doing safe movements is key. Let us help you get the right treatment for your sacroiliitis and prevent it from stopping you in your tracks.