Sacrolitis: Meaning, Diagnosis and Overview

What is Sacrolitis?

Sacroiliitis is an inflammation of one or both of your sacroiliac joints the places where your lower spine and pelvis connect. This results in acute lower back pain.

Recovery Time

The condition gets better within couple of weeks with a proper treatment regimen.


Diagnosis is based on physical examination and medical history and other tests include:
  • X-rays of your sacroiliac joints
  • CT scan or magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) scan of your sacroiliac joints
  • Cultures of fluid from the sacroiliac joint
  • Blood culture, if the cause appears to be an infection

FAQs prepared by doctor

1. What is sacroilitis?
The sacroiliac joints (SI joints) connect the spine to the pelvis and lower skeleton. Sacroiliitis is the inflammation of one or both of SI joints. The pain associated with sacroiliitis becomes worsen by prolonged standing or by stair climbing. It is also referred to as sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

2. What are its symptoms?
Pain and stiffness in lower back, thighs or buttocks is the most common manifestation as a result there is decreased range of motion. Pain worsens with walking because the motion of your hips strains your sacroiliac joints thereby there is limping. Pain is typically worse with sitting. Less associated symptoms are inflammation in one or both of your eyes (uveitis or iritis) and psoriasis, an inflammatory skin condition.

3. What shall one do in such condition?
Take adequate rest. Use heat or ice over the area to simulate blood flow and healing nutrients to the area. Change your sleeping position to include placing a pillow between your knees during rest. Avoid activities that aggravate your pain.

4. What all activities one need to avoid?
One should not bear more weight on one leg than the other or do prolonged standing. Stair climbing, running or taking large strides also adds pressure over sacroiliac joint.

5. When shall one consult a doctor?
When pain happens which is worse when sitting for a long time or while rolling over in bed. When the pain is associated with fever.

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