By Dr Tony Setiobudi BMedSci, MBBS, MRCS, MMed (Ortho), FRCS (Ortho)

Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain is caused by damage or injury to the joint connecting the spine and hip. Aggravation of the sacroiliac joint can commonly result in inflammation, also called sacroiliitis. Sacroiliitis is an inflammation of one or both of your sacroiliac joints pain (SI joint) situated where your lower spine and pelvis connect. Sacroiliitis is not life-threatening unless you have an infection that is causing it.

Aside from medical, sacroiliitis and sacroiliac joint dysfunctions may be managed with some stretches and strengthens exercises. People can address SI joint pain at home by avoiding movements that exacerbate painful symptoms. In some cases, stretching may help alleviate SI joint pain by loosening tight muscles that put extra stress on these joints. This may help relieve tension and pressure in your lower back and make it easier to move around with less pain and discomfort. Exercises may help strengthen and stabilize the muscles that hold the SI joint together.


Dr Tony Setiobudi is an Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard), Singapore. He treats bone, joint, muscle and ligament problems in adults and children. He has a special interest in nerve compression and spine problems such as back & neck pain, scoliosis, kyphosis, spine tumor & infection, spinal cord injury, osteoporosis fracture, spinal stenosis and slipped disc.