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How to tape the SI joint

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The sacroiliac joint or the SI joint is located in your lower back. These joints are located on each side of your spine to carry the weight of your upper body. 

Are you experiencing sacroiliac joint pain?  

In this article, we’ll be talking about the common causes of SI joint pain, its symptoms, and its available treatments. We’ll also be talking about how kinesiology tape may help alleviate the discomfort from the injury. 

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    What are the causes of SI Joint Pain?

    Pain felt in the Sacroiliac Joint is commonly caused by repetitive use. Other causes may also include: 

    • Ligament trauma or injury surrounding the SI joint
    • Leg length discrepancies
    • Prior surgery on your spine 
    • Pregnancy

    What are the symptoms of SI Joint Pain problems?

    Here are the common symptoms that you may experience if you have problems in your sacroiliac joint: 

    • Sharp or stabbing pain in the lower back are 
    • Movements that put stress on the joint 
    • Stiffness in your back 

    How to diagnose SI joint pain?

    Aside from undergoing a physical exam from your health care provider, here are a few more imaging tests that may be required to undergo for diagnosis: 

    • X-ray 
    • Computed Tomography (CT) Scan 
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) 

    What is the best way to get rid of SI joint pain?

    Here are some of the available treatment options for SI joint pain:  

    • Rest. Resting the area for a couple of days may be advised by your healthcare provider. However, it is not recommended to rest longer than 1 to 2 days since it may worsen the area’s stiffness and increase pain. 
    • Hot and cold compress. Applying ice to the area may help with the inflammation and help in alleviating pain and discomfort. Heat, on the other hand, may help relieve pain by reducing tension in the muscles. 
    • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Taking NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen may help with pain and inflammation.
    • Kinesiology taping. Applying kinesiology tape will provide support for the area without limiting your range of motion. It may also help alleviate some of the discomforts you feel. 
    • Wearing braces. A pelvic brace may help to stabilize the SI joint if it’s too loose.
    • Manual manipulation. Going to a chiropractor, osteopathic doctor, or other health professionals may help in reducing SI joint pain through manual manipulation. 

    • SI joint injections. Your healthcare provider may give you SI joint injections to deliver pain relief. 
    • Surgery. If non-surgical treatments do not provide pain relief, your healthcare provider may recommend surgery. 
    • Physical Therapy. A physical therapist will design a targeted treatment program for you that will help you in restoring your strength and function. Physical therapy will also aid you in slowly returning to your daily activities safely.

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    How do you apply kinesiology tape to help with SI joint issues?

    If you’re new to kinesiology taping, here are some tips on how to prepare beforehand. And, since you’ll be applying different kinesiology tape tensions, learn more about it here

    Here is a kinesiology taping protocol that may help you relieve discomfort from SI joint pain: 

    *If you’re having a hard time reaching this area, you may need a partner to help with this kinesiology taping application. 

    1. Measure and cut three strips of kinesiology tape that are roughly 4 to 6 inches in length. 
    2. Next, sit and bend your body slightly forward. 
    3. Then, get your first strip and anchor (or have your partner apply) it over the SI joint at an angle to make the first line of an “X” shape. Give the middle of the tape 100% tension and 0% on the ends. 
    4. Repeat step number three in the opposite direction. You should form an X on your buttocks. 
    5. For the final strip, adhere it horizontally across the X formed by the first two pieces of tape. 
    6. Rub in the tape to activate the adhesive.   

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    How long does it take for SI joint pain to heal?

    Depending on the severity of the SI joint pain, it may take several days to several weeks for it to heal. For chronic SI joint pain that’s lasted for more than three months, it may be felt at all times and get worse when you engage in certain activities. 

    How can you prevent SI joint pain from developing?

    Here are some things to keep in mind to avoid SI joint pain: 

    • Maintain proper posture
    • Avoid falls 
    • Consistently doing strengthening and stretching exercises


    If you’re currently experiencing pain in your SI joint, we hope the information in this article was helpful. 

    We also encourage you to visit our blog for more information on other common aches and pains like calf strain as well as tricep strain. There, you can learn about kinesiology taping protocols to help alleviate discomfort.

    Thanks for reading!

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