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How do you cope with sacroiliac joint pain?

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There are many remedies for sacroiliac joint pain, including ice or heat along with plenty of rest, pain medications, chiropractic treatment, supports or braces, sacroiliac joint injections, and sacroiliac joint fusion, says Spine-health. Physical therapy can also help.

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Treatments for sacroiliac joint pain are typically non-surgical and aim to restore normal motion in the joint, according to Spine-health. Something as simple as applying heat (in the form of a hot bath or heat wrap) can relieve pain and speed healing. During times of intense pain, ice may be more effective. Patients can apply ice or cold packs in 15 to 20 minute intervals to reduce inflammation. Over-the-counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen, can also help reduce the inflammation in the area.

Manual manipulation by a chiropractor can be effective if the joint is “stuck,” notes Spine-health. If the joint is too loose, a brace can stabilize the area. A longer term option for treatment is physical therapy, which can increase range of motion by strengthening the muscles around the joint. Patients can get instant pain relief with sacroiliac joint injections, in which an anesthetic and, typically, an anti-inflammatory medication are injected into the area. As a last resort, a surgical procedure known as sacroiliac joint fusion may be an option, even in cases where no other measures have helped.

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