Understanding how to distinguish hip pain from Sacroiliac Joint pain, or SI joint pain, is crucial when trying to find relief. The SI joint connects the sacrum (the triangular bone at the base of the spine) to the ilium (the large, fan-shaped bone that makes up the pelvis). Despite their differences in structure and function, the hip and SI joints share similar pain patterns, making them difficult to distinguish.
Dysfunction or inflammation in the SI joint can cause pain in the lower back, buttocks, and hip area. The pain may be felt on one or both sides of the hip and can be accompanied by other symptoms, such as stiffness, tenderness, or aching. Sometimes, the pain may be referred down the leg and mistaken for a problem with the hip joint.
Treatment focuses on restoring the range of motion and pain relief. Most people respond well to conservative approaches.
If you are experiencing hip or SI joint pain, seeing a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment is essential. Dr. Amir Jamali will create a treatment plan that will get you back to an active lifestyle as soon as possible.
AUTHOR: Dr. Amir Jamali, founder of the Joint Preservation Institute, is a board-certified fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon in Northern California specializing in treatments for the knee, hip and shoulder.