Are you experiencing low back and/or leg pain when you stand up? If so, you may be suffering from a dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint, or SI joint. There are two SI joints, and they sit on each side of the base of your spine near where the low back connects to the pelvis. The SI joints connect the sacrum (triangular bone found at the bottom of the spine) to the ilium (the rounded top found on both sides of the pelvis). These joints act primarily as a shock-absorbing structure, and are responsible for carrying the weight of your upper body while standing or walking. Although there is not a lot of motion in the joint itself, it bears a tremendous amount of force and is therefore incredibly stable and strong. SI joint pain can be dull or sharp, and can radiate through your buttocks, thighs, groin, or even your upper back. The primary cause of this pain is due to inflammation or compression of the SI joints. Inflammation can be caused by an injury or an activity that causes repetitive strain, like jogging.
In addition to cutting back, or even eliminating, activities that cause you SI joint pain, you may also undergo “activity therapy” to help improve strength and flexibility, use heat and cold therapy, seek chiropractic treatment, or registered massage therapy to help to move and mobilize muscles and joints. A chiropractor uses a series of joint adjustment techniques to relieve pressure and pain in the SI joints. By relaxing surrounding muscles, registered massage therapists (RMTs) are able to increase blood flow to the area reducing pain and tension. If you are seeking relief from sacro-iliac joint pain, give us a call today to set up an appointment with a chiropractor or registered massage therapist.
Note from Dr. Michael: Hello everyone! SI Joint Pain (or sacro-iliac joint dysfunction) can easily be confused with other types of low back pain. The sensation of tightness, compression, sharp or often dull deep pain may be experienced. Radiating pain into the tail bone, buttocks and upper leg and hamstring area may also be present. My role as a chiropractor is to diagnose and treat these types of conditions. If you suspect you have SI Joint Pain or sacro-iliac joint dysfunction, do not hesitate to call and ask us for relief.