Can the sacroiliac joint cause sciatica?

Joseph D. Fortin, Joel A. Vilensky, Glenn J. Merkel

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In this brief study we provide evidence that earlier and more recent findings pertaining to the anatomy and physiology of the sacroiliac joint suggest that dysfunction in this joint could, similar to a herniated lumbar disc, produce pain along the sciatic nerve. These observations might explain some of the cases of sciatica in which no disc pathology can be found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-271
Number of pages3
JournalPain Physician
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003


  • Intervertebral disc
  • Sacroilliac joint dysfunction
  • Substance P

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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    Fortin, J. D., Vilensky, J. A., & Merkel, G. J. (2003). Can the sacroiliac joint cause sciatica? Pain Physician, 6(3), 269-271.