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What are the symptoms of sacroiliitis?

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Sacroiliitis usually manifests as pain in the lower back and buttocks, according to Mayo Clinic. It may also occur in the groin, legs and feet. Running, taking large strides, climbing stairs and standing for extended periods of time may worsen sacroiliitis pain. Putting more weight on one leg than the other may also cause or worsen sacroiliitis.

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Treatments for sacroiliitis vary depending on the underlying cause, notes Mayo Clinic. If over-the-counter pain-relieving medications are ineffective, a doctor may prescribe stronger drugs or even a short-term regiment of narcotics if necessary. Narcotics can be addictive, so they should not be used for extended time periods. To keep muscle spasms associated with sacroiliitis at bay, a doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants. If the sacroiliitis is associated with ankylosing spondylitis, a doctor may prescribe tumor necrosis factor, or TNF, inhibitors.

A health care provider may recommend therapeutic exercises and stretches to improve joint flexibility and muscle stability, explains Mayo Clinic. If sacroiliitis pain persists even after using medications and physical therapy, a doctor may inject a corticosteroid into the joint to reduce inflammation and pain. The doctor may use radiofrequency energy to eliminate the nerve tissue causing the sacroiliitis pain. A doctor may use also electrical stimulation to reduce pain. In rare cases, surgical joint fusion may alleviate sacroiliitis pain.

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