So… our SI Joint Discussion Group has been going really well (be sure to check it out, if you haven’t already!).
However, a few of our recent conversations have made me realize I really need to write one of the posts I’ve been meaning to write for a while, on some of the genetic conditions that can lead to SI joint dysfunction.
On my blog, I write about musculoskeletal SIJD– the kind caused by an injury or trauma to the pelvis. That is the type that I have experienced.
However, there are genetic conditions that can lead to SI joint dysfunction as well.
For example, anklylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritic condition that can affect many joints in the body, causing them to become stiff and painful. The SI joint is the often first to be affected, causing people to seek out treatment.
There are also what are known as connective tissue disorders (CTD’s for short). One of the most common CTD’s is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. CTD’s essentially cause the ligaments and other connective tissue to become weaker– meaning many joints within the body become unstable.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for either of these types of conditions, although there are treatments for both (such as medication and physical therapy to help manage and prevent worsening of symptoms). In both cases, early detection and intervention is important.
If you have SI joint dysfunction, it’s really important that you have a doctor rule out these other types of conditions. You don’t want to be treating your SIJD as though it’s musculoskeletal, if it has another cause.
You can start with your primary care doctor, and then he or she may refer you to a specialist such as a physiatrist, rheumatologist, or even (possibly) a geneticist.
For further reading:
- Mayo Clinic: Anklyosing Spondylitis
- Arthritis Health: 4 Types of Arthritis that can cause SI Joint Pain
- The Effects of Ankylosing Spondylitis on the Body (Healthline)
Connective Tissue Disorders:
My friend Clare’s blog, Jelly-Like Joints (she has a CTD that is not Ehlers-Danlos).
I know this can be a very difficult topic, and that I have only just scratched the surface here.
However, I wanted to make sure I got something up on the blog as soon as possible, so I hope the resources I’ve linked to will be helpful for you.
If you have a condition such as AS or a CTD, please feel free to share your experience in the comments section, or in our discussion group. We have all experienced SI joint pain for different reasons, and we’re all in this together!