An inflammation of the sacroiliac joint (SI joint) refers to as sacroiliitis. The sacroiliac joint is the joint between the sacrum and the ilium part of the hip bone. Sacroiliitis lead to pain in the hips or the lower back that can extend down the legs. Homeopathic remedies for Sacroiliitis treat the root cause of the problem and relieve the pain and stiffness.
Homeopathic Remedies for Sacroiliitis
Homeopathy offers excellent treatment for sacroiliitis. The medicines are of natural origin and to help reduce the inflammation of the sacroiliac joint.
1. Aesculus – For Sacroiliitis with Marked Pain in Hip
Aesculus is prepared from the kernel of a plant named Aesculus Hippocastanum or Horse Chestnut of the natural order Sapindaceae. Aesculus is a top listed medicine for treating sacroiliitis. In cases needing Aesculus, there is an intense pain in the hip. Pain from hip may also radiate downwards to the thighs. The pain is worse on walking. Stooping also worsens the pain. Rising from sitting is also difficult due to pain. Lower back pain is also present in most cases. Stiffness of the lower back may be present and the back feels weak and lame. There is a sensation as if the back would break. Aesculus is also a prominent medicine for treating ankylosing spondylitis.
2. Rhus Tox – For Sacroiliitis with Marked Pain and Stiffness of Lower Back
Rhus Tox is the next highly effective medicine for treating sacroiliitis. It is helpful when there extreme pain and stiffness in the lower back. The pain gets worse from rest, lying down, and sitting also aggravates the pain. Walking tends to bring relief in the pains. Back pain is also eased by applying pressure. Rhus Tox gives excellent results in cases of sacroiliitis from arthritis. Rhus Tox is also applicable to cases of sacroiliitis following back strain or injury.
3. Bryonia – For Sacroiliitis when Pain in Lower Back Worsens from Motion
Bryonia is prepared from the root of a plant Bryonia Alba with the common name Wild Hops of the natural order Cucurbitaceae. Bryonia is well indicated for sacroiliitis when there is lower back pain that worsens from motion. Pain gets worse from standing and it causes difficulty in turning in the bed. The lower back gets stiff, and the person sits and walks in a bent manner.
4. Colocynthis – For Sacroiliitis when Pain from Hip Radiates Down the Thighs
Colocynthis is prepared from the pulp of a fruit of a plant named Citrullus Colocynthis of the natural order Cucurbitaceae. Colocynthis is highly useful for sacroiliitis when pain from the hip radiates down the thighs and legs. The hip is also sensitive to touch. The pain may be cramping, drawing, stitching or tearing in nature. Motion and standing worsen the pain. Night aggravation of pain is also noted. Warmth application tends to bring relief in the pain. In some cases, lying on the affected side of the hip helps relieve the pain.
5. Magnesia Phos – For Sacroiliitis with Shooting Pain in the Hip
Magnesia Phos is a significant medicine for sacroiliitis with shooting, lightning-like pain in the hip. The pain is particularly marked on the right side and tends to radiate down the feet from the hip. It gets better with warm application.
6. Arnica – For Sacroiliitis with History of Trauma or Injury
Arnica is prepared from the root of a plant Arnica Montana, also known as Leopard’s-Bane of the natural order Compositae. Arnica is a very beneficial for treating cases of sacroiliitis that have a history of trauma or an injury or a fall on the back or the hip. People needing Arnica complain of pain in the lower back and hip. The lower back feels sore and bruised as if beaten. Pain in the hip is there that may be of drawing or tearing in nature. The hip pain tends to get worse at night time but is better during motion.
7. Ruta – For Sacroiliitis with History of Fall or Blow on Lower Back
Ruta is prepared from the plant Ruta Graveolens also known as Bitterwort of the natural order Rutaceae. Ruta is another indicated medicine for sacroiliitis with a history of fall or blow on the lower back. People needing Ruta complain of pain in the lower back that is bruised and severe in nature. The pain worsens from walking and stooping, while lying on the back relieves the pain. A bruised pain is also present in the hips along with back pain.
8. Kali Carb – For Sacroiliitis with Lower Back Pain Radiating Down the Hips
Kali Carb is a suitable medicine for sacroiliitis with lower back pain radiating down the hips. The pain is of drawing or shooting nature where Kali Carb is required. The pain worsens after standing and on walking. The pain may also worsen in the early morning waking the person. Along with the above symptoms, the back also feels extremely weak.
9. Calcarea Phos – For Sacroiliitis with Sharp, Stitching Pains in Lower Back
Calcarea Phos is a well-indicated medicine for sharp, stitching pains in the lower back. The pain is most violent from least motion. The sacroiliac joint is also sore where Calcarea Phos is indicated. Sacroiliac junction also feels separated or broken.
10. Dioscorea – For Sacroiliitis with Drawing Pain in the Lower Back
Dioscorea is prepared from the fresh root of a plant Dioscorea Villosa with the common name Wild Yam, of the natural order Dioscoreaceae. It is used for sacroiliitis when there is a drawing pain in the lower back of severe nature. Heaviness is also felt in the sacroiliac junction. The back is stiff and feels lame. Bending the back worsens the complaint.
Causes of Sacroiliitis
Sacroiliitis can result from arthritis (including ankylosing spondylitis and osteoarthritis), injury to the SI joint and in rare cases, it can arise from infection. It can also occur during pregnancy when the joints become loose to prepare for childbirth and come under stress.
Symptoms of Sacroiliitis
In sacroiliitis either one or both sides of sacroiliac joints can be inflamed. The symptoms of sacroiliitis include pain in the hip and the lower back. The pain can radiate from the back and from the hip to the thighs, legs, and feet. Stiffness in the hip and the lower back may also be felt. Ascending chairs, standing for long hours and running can intensify the pain in cases of sacroiliitis.