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SI Joint Pain

Feb 18, 2019

SI JOINT PAIN AND CHIROPRACTIC

SI joint pain can be responsible for a variety of uncomfortable symptoms including numbness, pain, and tingling which can often be felt in the low back, buttocks, hips, or even radiate down the leg.  These symptoms can also be present in other conditions which is why SI joint pain is often misdiagnosed. Our Doctors at Rohlfs Chiropractic Care take time to perform a full evaluation in order to correctly identify the source of pain and provide a quick recovery.  

THE SI JOINT

The sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, is located in the pelvis where the sacrum (lowest part of the spine) and the iliac bone meet, hence the name sacroiliac joint.  The joint itself is responsible for transferring weight and forces between the upper body and lower body. It acts as a shock absorber and prevents excessive impact from reaching the spine.  It is particularly valuable in this aspect during activities like walking and running.

The SI joint is supported and stabilized by a group of ligaments and muscles, which also help to limit excessive motion.  A normal functioning SI joint allows for a small range of motion in any direction and just like any other joint in the body it can wear out or degenerate.  Also ligaments and muscles that support the joint can become injured. This can result in pain, often times with regular activities such as lifting, running, walking, sleeping, and getting up or down.

Most research tells us that up to 25% of low back is coming from the SI joint.  The longer a problem is present however, the more complicated a pain pattern can be.  This is due to the fact that as our body senses pain we immediately start to compensate.  Meaning that we try to work around the pain, like walking or bending differently than we normally would to avoid the problem.  This causes the pain to move beyond its original location, most often present as leg pain, buttocks pain, mid back pain, or even pain at the opposite SI joint.  

TREATMENT OPTIONS

As mentioned before, being able to accurately diagnose the problem is the most important factor in getting the appropriate treatment.  Many times this condition can be misdiagnosed which can lead to expensive imaging and procedures that don’t often correct the problem.

Our providers are trained to properly evaluate, diagnose, and treat this condition using a variety of methods including chiropractic care, active release technique, dry needling, and the implementation of a core rehab program.  This combination of treatment allows for a speedy recovery by addressing all the components of the this condition and creates lasting results.  If you have questions about this condition or one of the many other conditions we treat just call one of our offices in Sharonville, Beechmont, or Wilmington and we would be happy to speak with you.