Sacroiliitis is an inflammation of one or both of the sacroiliac joints. The sacroilliac joints are the mechanisms that connect your lumbar spine to your pelvis. Sacroiliitis often manifests as pain in your lower back and into your buttocks and hips. In some cases, this pain may radiate down one or both legs. This pain is often more noticeable after a period of standing or after routines that utilize the hips, such as walking, climbing stairs or rising from a sitting position.

Symptoms
The pain that is often associated with sacroiliitis is confined to the lumbar spine region and the buttocks. However, this pain can also be transmitted through the legs, groin and, in some cases, the feet. Sacroiliitis pain can be aggravated by:

  • Prolonged standing\
  • Bearing weight more on one leg than the other
  • Stair climbing
  • Running or jogging
  • Awkward postures

Causes
Sacroilitis is prevalent in many athletes and those who engage in repetitively concussive activities. The strain and repetitive impact on these joints often causes inflammation and deterioration. As the joint is impacted more and more the deterioration of the joint begins to cause pain and inflammation. It is also common in those with pre-existing arthritis of the joints or spine.

Another common cause is pregnancy. The sacroiliac joints must loosen and stretch to accommodate childbirth. The added weight and altered pronation during pregnancy can cause additional stress on these joints and can lead to increased deterioration. In other cases, women who have had a child have sacroiliac joints that never return to thier natural position. This unnatural positioning creates stress on the joints and accelerates the degenerative process.

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