If you struggle to walk even the shortest of distances because of chronic hip pain caused by deterioration in your sacroiliac (SI) joints, Kasra Amirdelfan, MD, can help. At his pain management practice in Walnut Creek, California, Dr. Amirdelfan offers on-site diagnostic testing for fast, accurate results. To alleviate pain, he customizes a treatment plan to reduce your pain and enhance your overall functionality through physical therapy and steroid injections. Learn more about your options for SI joint pain relief by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.
Sacroiliac joints are found between your sacrum and iliac bones, which connect your hips to your spine.
The SI joints and surrounding muscles are responsible for providing stability and support to your body during activities like walking or lifting objects. The SI joints also absorb some of the shock that occurs with movement.
Degenerative changes in your joints occur as you get older. Because of these changes, your SI joints can start breaking down. When the joint bones begin to rub together, it can cause persistent pain and other symptoms that worsen over time.
Other common causes of SI joint pain include:
As the SI joints continue to deteriorate, you may have difficulty walking, standing, and sitting. Due to limited range of motion in your hips, taking steps may become impossible.
Chronic SI joint pain can also disrupt your sleep and interfere with your ability to work or stay physically active.
To confirm the cause of your pain, Dr. Amirdelfan reviews your medical history and discusses your symptoms. He performs a physical exam to evaluate the range of motion in your hips and identify areas of pain.
To assess the health of your SI joint, Dr. Amirdelfan may request imaging tests, like an X-ray or MRI. These tests can also help identify other issues in your spine that may be contributing to your pain.
The goal of treatment for chronic SI joint pain is to reduce the severity of your pain and increase your overall functionality. Dr. Amirdelfan focuses on nonsurgical treatments that may include physical therapy and anti-inflammatories and pain relievers.
If these therapies aren’t enough to address your pain, Dr. Amirdelfan may recommend joint injections. This treatment involves an injection of anti-inflammatory medications and a local anesthetic directly into the affected joint.
Dr. Amirdelfan uses fluoroscopy, an X-ray technology that provides real-time images of your inner structures, to guide the needle into the correct location. Once the injection is complete, it can take several hours to experience pain relief.
You should notice a significant reduction in your pain over time, which can help you be more active. Results of steroid injections can last for several weeks or months, depending on your condition.
If chronic SI joint pain is interfering with work or lifestyle, you can find the pain management solutions you need from Dr. Kasra Amirdelfan. Schedule a consultation at his office online or by phone today.