Have you heard of 'SI' before? This stands for sacroiliac.
You have two SI joints.
The joints are on either side of the sacrum and each ilium (you know this as your hip bone). They are at the bottom of the spine and connect the sacrum and ilium on each side. The main motion of the joint is a shearing motion (a sliding motion back and forth between two parallel surfaces, joint facets in this case).
SI joint dysfunction means the SI joint is not moving the way it’s intended. Perhaps this means its range of motion is limited -- either the sacrum or the ilium is literally mal-positioned and stuck -- or there is too much motion.
Each joint works to transfer weight from the upper body to the lower body; they are designed to allow minimal movement and they have strong ligaments and tendons that support them. The dysfunction can occur as a result of a variety of things.
Nowadays, we live in a society in which the average person sits down for far too long and we often carry too much weight. This lack of movement doesn’t encourage proper SI joint health and function. Dysfunction can also be a result of stress from overcompensation after prior spinal surgeries. Too much SI joint movement commonly occurs in pregnant women due to ligament-stretching and laxity.
Symptoms and Treatment -
As with most conditions, symptoms vary from person to person. It’s common for SI joint dysfunction to present with low back pain or pain in the buttocks. Pain can radiate down the leg or even into the front of the thigh, but generally not past the knee. SI joint pain can mimic many other causes of low back pain.
Chiropractors are experts at determining the source of spine pain in patients - and caring for them, too!
Through an adjustment, deep tissue therapy, possibly acupuncture, chiropractors help restore motion in the SI joint and/or associated joints contributing to the problem.
I’ve found that SI joint dysfunction typically responds well to chiropractic care and that pain relief can occur quickly after an adjustment. The exact treatment duration and intensity will depend on the person, their lifestyle and the degree of their restriction.
If you have had SI Joint dysfunction, low back pain or would simply like to get your spine and SI joints checked for restriction, specialists here at Bodyworx would love to see you so that you can have a chance to experience an improved overall quality in your daily life!
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