Before I had my last procedure for my SIJ arthritis I was seen by a Physiotherapist who advised me to get a sacroiliac support belt and to wear it at night to support my low back and my joints.
I didn’t really think about it until the pain started coming back recently. I looked online but I have found it hard to decide which one to try as there are so many to choose from with prices starting from around £17.49 and going all the way up to £33.98
A trochanteric belt is a supportive brace that can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and restore function. This simple, yet effective device is designed to stabilize the pelvis and prevent excessive movement of the SI joint. The terms trochanteric belt, trochanter belt, and sacroiliac belt all mean the same thing and are often used interchangeably.
The SI joints—located on either side of the base of the spine—connect the spine to the pelvis. Were it not for these joints, or SI joint as they are commonly called, you wouldn’t be able to stand or walk. The job of the SI joint is to stabilize the pelvis, as well as serve as a shock absorber between the weight-bearing forces of motion of the lower body and the spine.
The SI joint has to move in order for the pelvis to tilt and rotate, but its range of motion is meant to be very limited. Strong ligaments help keep the joint in proper alignment and prevent excessive movement when walking, running, or simply standing. Although these ligaments keep motion in check, they stretch just enough so that the joint can carry out its complex combinations of rotating, sliding or tilting during weight-bearing activities. When the ligaments fail to provide adequate support, destabilization of the SI joint and pelvis can occur.
Conditions that can place undue stress on the Si joint and contribute to destabilization include:
- Arthritis – inflammation can cause hypomobility
- Inequality in leg length
- Sacrum tilted out of normal anatomical position
- Pregnancy – widening and hypermobility of the SI joint
Most people suffering from SI joint dysfunction find it difficult to remain in one position for any length of time. Pain is generally felt at the base of the spine and is often described as “gripping” or “stabbing.” Difficulty walking or climbing stairs, and pain while lying on one side (especially at night) are common symptoms.
The Sacroiliac Belt from Back Pain Help which was the original price of £39.99 is available now for £29.99 – they write “This sacroiliac belt will support your lower back and hips with the back sacroiliac belt. This sacroiliac belt is highly discreet and easy to use, the back sacroiliac joint belt gives maximum support to your hip and pelvic area, helping you to regain natural joint movement and relieve pain.
The Ultimate SI Joint Belt
- Breathable: hypoallergenic webbing fabric of the sacroiliac belt draws away sweat for coolness and comfort
- Heat-formed padding: The sacroiliac support belt offers maximum support with minimal pressure on your pelvis
- High-tension webbing: The si belt compresses the joints to reduce necessary movement and relieves pain
- Broad straps: The sacroiliac joint belt comfortable and secure
- Front fastening: The si belt easy to wear and adjust
- Discreet: lightweight and comfortable enough to wear under or over your clothes
The sacroiliac support belt is specifically designed to support your lower back and hips. You can wear this si belt above the waist. With supporting lower back, this belt also helps to relieve stress. They also have a video showing you how it works.
The Serola Sacroiliac Belt for Back Pain is the same as the one above. This is £33.98 and is from the online company Health & Care with over 300 5 Star Reviews. They write that “the belt can be worn around the lower back either under or on top of your clothes, the Serola Sacroiliac Belt for Back Pain can help to correct the biomechanics of your joints, and is ideal for use in rehabilitation.
The Serola Sacroiliac Belt is suitable for a range of conditions affecting your lower back. This includes:
- Disc herniation
- Facet syndrome
- Hip degeneration
- Lateral canal stenosis
- Pubic symphysis dysfunction
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
The Serola Belt is designed to hold the sacroiliac joint together, so the likelihood of it opening beyond normal between treatments is greatly reduced. During rehabilitation, the Serola Sacroiliac Belt holds the sacrum to the ilia with the proper tension, so that, during exercises, as you bring the ilia backward, it carries the sacrum with it.
The ligaments are not stressed and the joint remains intact, which is critical for proper rehabilitation. Too much or too little tension will create muscular spasms and inhibition.
They also have a video that shows you how to decide which size to buy. The Serola Sacroiliac Belt has been engineered to provide maximum support and comfort in a low profile and lightweight design. Therefore, the choice to wear the belt under or over clothing is based strictly on your preferences. The belt is just as effective either way.
They also write about wearing it while you are sleeping which was what my physiotherapist advised. “Wearing the Serola Sacroiliac Belt during sleep can enhance comfort and significantly improve the quality of your sleep. If you tend to awake feeling sore and tight, the Serola Belt should help.”
You should wear the Serola Belt while performing any activity that involves bending, lifting or twisting. Wearing the belt while exercising ensures that the sacroiliac joint is protected, minimising the chances of sustaining an injury.
They also go into more details about how long you can wear it, how to wash it, the features and safety precautions.
Finally, another one I picked is priced at £17.49 and is available from Amazon. They write that the “HEERTEE SI joint belt helps stabilize the sacroiliac joint (or “SI joint”) that is hypermobile or inflamed, and reduces pelvic, lower back and/or leg pain (a symptom of sciatica) caused by SI joint dysfunction. We strongly recommend that you wear the HEERTEE SI joint belt day and night for at least two weeks. Do not over tighten the belt.
DUAL ADJUSTMENT AND MAXIMUM COMFORT – The HEERTEE SI joint belt is designed to be worn for long periods of time, which is the key to recovery and pain relief. The wraparound “dual belt” design provides controllable compression and the secondary straps allow you to customize the amount of additional compression needed over specific sore or inflamed areas. The breathable fabrics allow for air and moisture to pass through.
DIAMOND-SHAPED PRESSURE DESIGN – SI brace features a unique double diamond-shaped pressure design to adjust the diamond pressure belt up and down according to the size of your sacrum to get more stable and more fitted. Low-profile and wrap-around design gives you the freedom to wear invisibly all day/night under or over the clothing.
LIGHTWEIGHT AND DURABLE – The perforated neoprene used in the inner belt is lightweight, breathable and pilling resistant. The ribbonfish fabric used in the secondary straps is breathable, elastic and pilling resistant. The anti-slip silicone strips on the inner belt prevents the belt from sliding up and down. You can wear it while doing physical activities but vigorous exercise is discouraged during the recovery period.”
Both these belts look as if they do the same thing so it is quite difficult to decide which one I want to try especially with price differences. I will definitely be trying one for sure and if it helps with my sacroiliac pain I will be delighted and I will definitely write a post on it here.
If any of my readers have tried any of the above then I would love to hear from you to go with my next review after I have given one a try.
Source: Amazon. Health & Care, Back Pain Help Spine Universe