How can I treat SI joint pain at home?
Most cases of sacroiliac joint pain can be effectively managed at home by following the tips below:
Rest: Your SI joint pain can be alleviated by giving it the sufficient rest period. At least one or two days of rest is recommended.
Ice or Heat: Both hot and cold therapies are found to be effective in SI joint pain relief. An ice pack applied to the lower back, as well as pelvis, will help reduce inflammation and alleviate SI joint pain and discomfort. On the other hand, heat applied to the region will help relieve pain by decreasing muscle tension and/or spasm.
Pain Medications: OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen and NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen can help relieve mild to moderate SI joint pain. However, if you are experiencing severe pain episodes, you may have to take prescription medications like narcotic painkillers after consulting with your doctor.
SI Joint Brace: If your SI joint is too loose, an SI joint brace can be wrapped around your waist and pulled snugly in order to immobilize the region. In most cases, SI joint braces can be helpful when your SI joint is inflamed and painful. Look at the SI joint braces here.
Manual Manipulation: Your doctor may provide tips to make physical adjustments to the SI joint and lower back in order to reduce the joint fixation and muscle tension and to restore the normal range of motion. By following this at home, you can alleviate your SI joint pain.
Physical Therapy: Physical therapy can help rehabilitate your SI joint and to relieve your SI joint pain. Some stretching, strengthening, and aerobic exercises can help you with managing your SI joint pain. So, speak to your doctor and develop an exercise routine today.