Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Sacroiliac joint expert discusses sacroiliac joint pain
Tamworth Osteopath John Williams has many years experience treating sacroiliitis and inflamed sacroiliac joints. John, the sacroiliac joint specialist, is considered by many to be the sacroiliac joint expert.Often overlooked as a cause of low back pain, the sacroiliac joint can be difficult to diagnose and treat. The good news is that Atlas Pain Relief Centre has developed a unique treatment plan to treat this condition and the success rate has been extremely effective over a 10 year period. Most patients are pain free and mobile in 6 treatments!
What is the Sacroiliac Joint?
The sacroiliac joints are located at the very bottom of the back. You have one either side of the spine. The sacroiliac joints help make up the rear part of the pelvic girdle and sit between the sacrum (vertebrae S1-S5) and the Ilia (hip bones).
The function of the SI joints is to allow torsional or twisting movements when we move our legs. The legs act like long levers and without the sacroiliac joints and the pubic symphysis (at the front of the pelvis) which allow these small movements, the pelvis would be at higher risk of a fracture. The concept of the SIJ causing lower back pain is now pretty well understood. However, due to the complex anatomy and movement patterns at the joints and area in general, evaluation and treatment of sacroiliac dysfunctions is still controversial. SIJ dysfunction is a term which is commonly used when talking about sacroiliac injuries.
This dysfunction refers to either hypo or hyper mobility (low or high respectively). The join can become 'locked' or be too mobile, leading to problems with surrounding structures such as ligaments and muscles, which means SIJ problems can cause a wide range of symptoms throughout the lower back and buttocks, or even the thigh or groin.
What are the Symptoms of SI Joint Injury? · Pain located either to the left or right of your lower back. The pain can range from an ache to a sharp pain which can restrict movement. · The pain may radiate out into your buttocks and low back and will often radiate to the front into the groin. Occasionally it is responsible for pain in the testicles among males. · Occasionally there may be referred pain into the lower limb which can be mistaken for sciatica. Knee pain has been felt alongside the more common symptoms too.
Traumatic Traumatic injuries to the SIJ are caused when there is a sudden impact which 'jolts' the joint. A common example is falling onto the buttocks or landing hard on one leg after jumping. This kind of injury can cause damage to the ligaments which support the joint or create a torsion in one of the ilia's which is often decribed as a "twisted pelvis"
Biomechanical Pain due to biomechanical injuries will usually come on over a period of time and often with increased activity or a change in occupation/sport etc. The most common biomechanical problems include: · Leg length discrepancy · Overpronation · 'Twisted pelvis' · Muscle imbalances
Hormonal Hormonal changes, most notably during pregnancy can cause sacroiliac pain. In preparation for giving birth, the ligaments of the pelvis especially increase in laxity. Combining this with an increase in weight putting extra strain on the spine, may lead to mechanical changes which can result in pain.
Inflammatory joint disease Spondyloarthropathies are inflammatory conditions which affect the spine. These include Ankylosing Spondylitis which is the most common inflammatory condition to cause SI joint pain.
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If you have one sided low back pain, groin pain, hip pain or referred pain into the top of the leg then you may be describing sacroiliac joint pain or
sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Occasionally hypermobile sacroiliac joints may be a problem.
Sacroiliac joint pain can be sacroiliitis which is sacroiliac joint inflammation or indeed referred pain into the sacroiliac joint and surrounding areas.
Causes may be simple but complex and may begin after bending down to tie shoelaces or swinging a golf club. Often the patient has done nothing significant to cause the problem but the symptoms can be severe.
Sacroiliac pain or SIJ pain is very often mistaken for back pain and lumbar disc prolapse. It is commonly mistaken for sciatica or arthritis of the hip. In fact the sacroiliac joint is very misunderstood and is so common that I believe it is responsible for over 60% of reported back pain. This statement is based on 15 years experience treating this condition which on average sees more than 70 cases of sacroiliac joint pain every month at the Atlas Pain Relief group of clinics.
Designed by Tamworth Osteopath and Physiotherapist the Atlas Sacroiliac Joint Pain Treatment protocol is unique and found knowhere else. The sacroiliac joint pain will show nothing when scanned by MRI or Xray and Consultants when faced with treating this condition tend to inject the joint with little effect. Far easier and more effective, the Atlas Sacroiliac Joint Pain treatment is safe, simple, painless and quick.
Sacroiliac Joint Exercises are prescribed by others as a form of treatment, this has little effect and will probably irritate the joint pain in some instances, it is not going to solve your problem!!
Sacroiliac Joint Belts are another attempt to try and assist with SIJ hypermobility or SIJ dysfunction. Some get relief but more likely its placebo and a lumbar belt would do more good to stabilise pelvis and SIJ's
Classic symptoms include - difficulty turning over in bed, struggling to put on shoes and socks and pain getting your legs in and out of the car.
Stiffness in the lower back when getting up after sitting for long periods and when getting up from bed in the morning.
Aching to one side of your lower back when driving long distances. There may be tenderness on palpating the ligaments which surround the joint.
Causes of Sacroiliac Pain can be split into four categories: ·Traumatic · Biomechanical · Hormonal · Inflammatory joint disease.
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Sacroiliac joint injections and nerve dynervation are treatments often used by pain clinics in an attempt to treat SIJ pain but if you consider how many patients we see that have received this treatment with no success you have to doubt its effectiveness. This form of treatment is not necessary and along with facet joint injections and fusing of the sacroiliac joints, it appears a desperate attempt to throw everything at a condition that they have no answer for. I know this will strike a cord with many people who have taken this route and are no better for it.