Pain of the Sacroiliac Joint Explained
Last updated on October 3, 2023
Sacroiliac (SI) pain, originating from the sacroiliac joint that connects the spine to the pelvis, can be an unwelcome companion for those who suffer from it. This pain, often characterised by discomfort in the lower back and buttocks, can significantly impact one’s mobility and quality of life. In this article, we’ll delve into the intricacies of sacroiliac pain and explore how chiropractic care can offer relief and recovery.
The sacroiliac joint plays a vital role in supporting the upper body and transferring forces between the spine and the legs. When this joint becomes dysfunctional, either due to misalignment, inflammation, or injury, it can lead to pain in the lower back, buttocks, and even down the legs. Activities like standing, walking, or even shifting positions can exacerbate the discomfort.
Causes of Sacroiliac Pain
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: This occurs when the joint becomes misaligned or moves either too little or too much. This can lead to inflammation, irritation, and pain.
Inflammation: Inflammatory conditions like ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis can affect the sacroiliac joint, causing pain and stiffness.
Trauma or Injury: Accidents, falls, or other injuries can damage the sacroiliac joint, leading to pain and discomfort.
Pregnancy: During pregnancy, hormonal changes can cause the ligaments around the sacroiliac joint to loosen, potentially leading to pain or instability.
Degenerative Conditions: Over time, wear and tear on the joint due to conditions like osteoarthritis can lead to pain and reduced joint function.
Muscle Imbalances: Imbalances in the muscles around the sacroiliac joint can contribute to pain and dysfunction in the area.
Chiropractic care can be effective in addressing sacroiliac (SI) pain by focusing on restoring proper alignment to the spine and the sacroiliac joint, as well as addressing muscle imbalances and promoting overall musculoskeletal health. Chiropractors use hands-on techniques and personalised treatment plans to provide relief from SI pain.