What is the sacroiliac joint? And why is it causing pain?
Have you ever heard of your Sacroiliac Joint? Most people haven’t unless a physician, chiropractor, or physical therapist have told them that it is the structure causing their buttock or back pain.
The sacroiliac joint is the connection or junction that connects your sacrum to the ilium pelvic bone. It is a strong joint that supports the entire weight of the upper body. It has a small amount of movement, and can sometimes become misaligned. When this happens, it can cause a lot of pain.
Many people who have lumbar low back pain due to disc and other issues, may also have some sacroiliac (SI) symptoms. SI dysfunction occurs in about 75% of people with low back pain.
How do we treat SI joint dysfunction?
If you think you are experiencing Sacroiliac pain, please know that it can be treated. We are here for you. Upon initial evaluation, we will determine what type of sacroiliac misalignment you have, and correct it. Our focus will then shift to maintaining the alignment with specific pelvic stabilization exercises that address your muscular imbalances. Treatment sessions are 50 minutes. The amount of treatment sessions will vary between 4-12 visits, depending on your condition.
First we need to align the joint. There are different techniques to do this. Oftentimes, a physical therapist or chiropractor will manually align the joint for quick relief. In order to keep the sacroiliac joint aligned, the pelvic muscles will need to be stabilized. Therefore I often teach self alignment techniques to patients that they can do on their own in between sessions. This video is an example.
Our focus will then shift to stabilizing the joint to maintain the alignment. We do this through pelvic stabilizing exercises and strengthening muscles, such as the glutes, transverse abdominis, and obliques. Treatment sessions are 50 minutes. The amount of treatment sessions will vary between 4-12 visits, depending on your condition. Below are a few examples:
If you think you are experiencing sacroiliac joint pain, you can schedule an evaluation with us by calling (408) 335-6670.
Ariel Lehaitre, Author