How can a part of the body, you have probably never heard of, hurt so BAD?
This is a common question we hear at our chiropractic clinic, from individuals suffering from sacroiliac joint pain.
The SI joint is formed by the sacrum and the ilium where they meet on either side of the lower back, with the purpose of connecting the spine to the pelvis. This small joint is one of the most durable parts of the human body, and it is responsible for a big job.
The unassuming little sacroiliac joint withstands the pressure of the upper body’s weight pushing down on it, as well as pressure from the pelvis. It’s basically the cushion between the torso and the legs. As such, it handles force from pretty much every angle. Tough job!
While immensely strong and durable, this joint is not indestructible. Sacroiliac joint (SI for short) pain usually begins as lower back pain, pain in the legs, or buttocks. Not only can this joint cause pain, it can potentially cause weakness as well.
SI joint pain can be hard to diagnose. It is often misdiagnosed as soft tissue issues instead of the joint itself. Doctors or chiropractors may rule out other medical conditions before settling on a diagnosis that includes a sacroiliac joint problem.
If you have suffered an injury, a degenerative disease, or damaged the sacroiliac joint, there are treatments available to help manage pain, promote healing, and lessen the chances of recurrence.
Here are four helpful guidelines to assist in effectively handling sacroiliac (SI) joint pain.
- First, rest and ice the area. Avoid exaggerated movements of your lower back in order to relieve some of the body’s pressure and pain on the sacroiliac joint. Also, apply ice wrapped in a towel periodically to soothe the area and minimize the pain.
- Secondly, a way to handle sacroiliac pain is with therapeutic massage. Tightness around the joint is a common cause of discomfort and pain. Professional massage serves to loosen and relax the lower back, buttocks, and leg areas, offering relief from pain. Our lead massage therapist, Lexi, is very successful in treating SI joint pain and many other ailments of the body.
- Third, consider chiropractic care. Chiropractic treatment, known as adjustments, not only provides great options for pain relief but also helps promote the healing process of this joint. The key here is gentle, no twisting adjustments, performed by a board certified chiropractor.
My husband, Dr. Jeff, and I are specifically trained to guide you through several phases of chiropractic care, starting with relieving your pain. Of course, we don’t believe in just simply focusing on pain relief, but are primarily interested in helping you fix the underlying problem.
We are also very well trained in rehabilitation of the spine. This chiropractic approach will help loosen the muscles surrounding the joint, as well as strengthen them. This will decrease the risk of pain returning down the road.
At Adjust Your Health, we pride ourselves on knowing when our patients would be helped better, outside of our office. In some cases, we will refer SI joint pain sufferers to one of the many MDs we work with, to see if an injection to the area would help to alleviate pain and inflamed tissue. Obviously, the injection won’t fix the problem entirely but may give the patient relief temporarily. Surgery is rarely a viable option.
If you are showing symptoms of sacroiliac pain, it’s important to see your Overland Park Chiropractor so he or she can perform tests to correctly diagnose your condition. If you aren’t currently working with a chiropractor, give us a call: 913-681-7757. Schedule your appointment today!
Thanks for reading!
Dr. Christina 🙂