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. SI joint pain is characterised as a sharp, stabbing pain that radiates from your hips and pelvis, up to lower back, and down to the thighs. Leg pain from Sacroiliac (SI) Joint often mistaken with sciatica (pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg) as their symptoms can be quite similar.


Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain ranges from mild to severe depending on the extent and cause of injury. The most symptoms of SI pain include:

Symptoms may worsen when sitting, standing, or walking for long periods of time. Pain can be worsened when carrying out transitional movements (e.g: sitting to standing) and climbing stairs.


SI joint pain can occur a number of conditions, including the following:


Non- surgical Treatment

Treatment options for SI joint pain are usually non-surgical and focus on trying to restore normal motion in the joint. This can include the following:

Surgical Treatment

Surgical treatment for sacroiliac joint dysfunction is rarely done. But if symptoms are severe and persistent and due to instability, the doctor may recommend stabilising your joint with sacroiliac joint fusion.


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.