The prognosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction varies depending on the cause of the dysfunction. When the problem is caused by pregnancy, the prognosis is excellent, as the condition usually improves after pregnancy during the postpartum period. Conditions affecting the sacroiliac joints such as ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis are chronic, but excellent treatments are available. These treatments can minimize the SI joint pain and prevent destruction of the joints. Degenerative arthritis affecting the SI joint is also a chronic condition and cannot be reversed, but treatments are generally very effective in improving symptoms.
The Sacroiliac joints are located at the very bottom of the back, one either side of the spine and help make up the rear part of the pelvic girdle. SIJ dysfunction is a term which is commonly used when talking about sacroiliac injuries. This dysfunction refers to either hypo or hyper mobility (low or high respectively). In other words, the joint can become 'locked' or be too mobile. This leads to problems with surrounding tissues such as ligaments and muscles causing a wide range of symptoms throughout the lower back and buttocks. Sacroiliac joint pain can occur from four different causes; traumatic, biomechanical, hormonal and inflammatory joint disease.
It is important that you do the poses on one side only, and that you keep your breath soft and moving freely. I like to exhale naturally several times on the pumping motions. It is also helpful if you begin to pay attention to how you are sitting, sleeping, and standing. It is asymmetrical and habitual movements which can overstretch the ligaments around the joint and lead to increased instability. Sacroiliac dysfunction is usually related to posture, be that standing, sitting, sleeping, or in yoga practice. Learning to move the pelvis and sacrum together is the key to preventing this. It is a simple solution to a complex problem.