Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Dr. Jessica from Clayton Chiropractic shares some information on Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction:

One common cause of low back and pelvic pain that we see is sacroiliac dysfunction. The sacroiliac (SI) joints are between the tailbone (sacrum) and hip bones (ilium). These connect your spine and hips and absorb shock from walking and lifting. Misalignment of the SI joints can cause localized buttock or low back pain, referred pain to the groin or into the leg, and even gait imbalances.

Weakness within the glutes, spinal, or abdominal muscles can aggravate SI joint dysfunction. The gluteus maximus and piriformis are the muscles known for supporting the SI joints.

Typically these joints are quite stable and have very little motion due to the strong ligaments surrounding them. SI joint pain is common during pregnancy however, due to hypermobility of the joints, and may persist postpartum. It is one of the most common conditions we treat during pregnancy. This condition is frequently responsive to conservative care.

Responds well to:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Deep muscle work
  • Stretching and rehab
  • Rolling traction table

Additional lifestyle changes can be beneficial in managing SI joint dysfunction long term. Often this includes addressing proper lifting form, ergonomics while in the car, sitting at the desk or sleeping, and regular stretching and exercising.

To contact Clayton Chiropractic call 314-802-7195.

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