Where does the SI joint referred pain to?
Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain is felt in the low back and buttocks. The pain is caused by damage or injury to the joint between the spine and hip. Sacroiliac pain can mimic other conditions, such as a herniated disc or hip problem. Accurate diagnosis is important to determine the source of pain.
What is the difference between SI joint pain and facet joint pain?
SI joint pain radiates distally. and is rarely, if ever, experienced above the L5 level. Therefore, unlike facet pain, pain located exclusively below the 5th lumbar vertebrae increases the likelihood of the sacroiliac joint being the source.
What are symptoms of facet joint problems?
Symptoms of Lumbar Facet Joint Disorders
- Localized pain. A dull ache is typically present in the lower back.
- Referred pain. The pain may be referred to the buttocks, hips, thighs, or knees, rarely extending below the knee.
- Radiating pain.
- Tenderness on palpation.
- Effect of posture and activity.
What causes SI joint flare ups?
These nerve endings can be triggered by a number of causes – from joint degeneration and improper movement (hypermobility or hypomobility) to excess weight or stress to an accident or fall. It can also be caused by the changes to a woman’s body surrounding pregnancy.
How does facet joint pain feel like?
Typically, facet joint pain feels like a dull ache, localized to one area of the spine. The pain may be experienced on one or both sides, and often in the lower back or neck. Movements toward the affected joint will cause pain.
Does facet joint pain go away?
Facet pain worsens with activities that cause movement of the spine such as bending, twisting and lifting. If this pain lasts longer than two weeks, it usually will not go away on its own and requires treatment.
Do facet joint problems show on MRI?
Often, arthritic changes in the facet joints can be seen on x-ray imaging. Advanced 3D imaging studies, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Computed Tomography (CT) scans, are also essential to proper diagnosis.
What does thoracic facet feel like?
People with thoracic facet irritation often complain of a sharp, stabbing, well-localized pain in the mid back. In most cases the pain gets worse after long periods of inactivity, like in the morning after a long night’s sleep.