Chiropractic Care for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
By Sara Butler
Lower back pain can be caused by several things, one of which is called sacroiliac joint dysfunction. If you find that when you go from a seated to standing position that pain stabs into your lower back, this may indicate sacroiliac joint dysfunction may be the culprit. Here’s what you need to know about this issue and how your chiropractor can help.
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (SJD)
The sacroiliac joint is in your pelvis. It connects the sacrum, or bottom of your spine, to your pelvis and does a lot of work as a weight bearing joint. It is supported by a network of ligaments that help it to keep you upright, absorb shock for your spine, and transmit force to your upper body. Just as any other joint in your body, it can become inflamed, injured, or unstable and cause you problems.
Signs of SJD include:
- Lower back pain
- Pain in the hip
- Pain in the buttock
- Pain down the back of your thigh
Causes of SJD
Any change in the normal motion of the joint can eventually lead to pain. Changes in the joint can occur due to:
- Too little movement in the joint – This is called hypomobility or fixation. If you spend too much time sitting and don’t have an appropriate range of motion in your joint, then it can cause pain in your lower back, buttock, and all the way down your leg, usually in the back of your thigh. It mimics another condition called sciatica.
- Too much movement in the joint – This is called hypermobility or instability. If the joint has been injured and doesn’t have proper support, it can become unstable and cause pain in your lower back that can radiate to your hip and into your groin.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
The first thing your chiropractor can do is to determine the cause of your pain. If they identify that it is your sacroiliac joint, then they can begin treatment to help address the underlying issue of either hyper- or hypomobility. They will make sure your body is aligned properly and then may work in stretching and exercises to help stabilize the joint. They may also recommend cold therapy to help control the inflammation and help you to be more comfortable.
Chiropractic is recognized as a non-invasive, natural, gentle, and effective way to treat sacroiliac dysfunction. So, if you’re having hip pain, don’t delay in getting to your chiropractor at The Joint!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.