What is Sacroiliac Joint Pain or SI Pain?
- The Sacroiliac joints are located at the very bottom of the back. You have one either side of the spine.
- The function of the SI joints is to allow torsional or twisting movements when we move our legs. The legs act like long levers and without the sacroiliac joints and the pubic symphesis (at the front of the pelvis) which allow these small movements, the pelvis would be at higher risk of a fracture.
- The concept of the SIJ causing lower back pain is now pretty well understood. However, due to the complex anatomy and movement patterns at the joints and area in general, evaluation and treatment of sacroiliac dysfunctions is still controversial. SIJ dysfunction is a term which is commonly used when talking about sacroiliac injuries.
- This can then lead to problems with surrounding structures such as ligaments and muscles, which means SIJ problems can cause a wide range of symptoms throughout the lower back and buttocks, or even the thigh or groin.
Traumatic injuries to the SIJ are caused when there is a sudden impact which ‘jolts’ the joint. A common example is landing on the buttocks. This kind of injury usually causes damage to the ligaments which support the joint.
Pain due to biomechanical injuries or improper posture will usually come on over a period of time and often with increased activity or a change in occupation/sport etc. West End Chiropractic’s doctors’ Dr. Andrew Schwert and Dr. John Wertish specialize in treating SI joint pain due to biomechanical or traumatic problems. The most common biomechanical problems include:
- Leg length discrepancy
- ‘Twisted pelvis’
- Muscle imbalances
Other problems that can cause SI joint pain include hormonal imbalances and inflammatory conditions.
How can I fix my Sacroiliac Joint Pain?
- Ice, heat or rest– initial recommendations typically include the use of ice or cold packs for 20 minutes to help reduce inflammation. Heat can also be beneficial to relax surrounding muscles, but should not be used during acute periods of pain.
- Chiropractic Care– Chiropractic Adjustments can be highly effective when the SI joint is fixated or “stuck.” Chiropractic care can also benefit the surrounding tissues and areas if the SI joint pain is caused by traumatic injury or biomechanical deficiency.
- Acupuncture– Acupuncture has been show to help manage chronic inflammation of the SI joints while reducing pain. Dr. Andrew Schwert, chiropractor and acupuncturist in St. Louis Park states “We have had very good success in controlling severe pain and decreasing swelling in the SI joints with acupuncture at West End Chiropractic”
For more information on SI joint pain or SI joint dysfunction contact West End Chiropractic and Wellness at (952) 500-8477 or visit us at www.westendchiromn.com. West End Chiropractic and Wellness is Minneapolis and St. Louis Park leading healthcare team.