Friday, September 18, 2020

What is the SI Joint and How Does it Work?

Do you experience lower back pain?

Have you ever stepped awkwardly and then experienced pain in your legs? 

Your sacroiliac (SI) joint could be the cause of your pain.

The sacroiliac joint or SI joint is the connection point between the sacrum and the ilium.  The sacrum is the triangular bone at the base of the lumbar spine and the iliums are attached to each side of the sacrum.  The iliums and sacrum together make up the pelvic complex.  

Here’s how it works:

The sacrum moves through what is called nutation and counter nutation.   Nutation is when the sacral base (the top that connects to the 5th lumbar) tilts forward.  Counter nutation is when it tips backward.  

Not only can the entire bone tilt forward and backward but when we walk or run, one side will nutate and the other will counter nutate.  

For example: when you take a step forward with your right leg, the right side of the SI joint will nutate (dip down and forward) while the left side will counter nutate (rise up and backwards).  This movement happens tens of thousands of times per day, not only with walking, but breathing as well.  

How do I know if I have an SI joint dysfunction?

The only way to be certain if you have an SI joint dysfunction is with a detailed examination and consultation.  

The pain may be worse when sitting with the legs crossed, bending forward, and even extending backwards.  Sometimes the pain may be felt as stiffness, achiness, burning or numbness and it may travel down the leg. 

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Call Pivotal Chiropractic for SI Joint Pain Relief

There are several noninvasive treatment options if you’re living with SI join pain. The goal is to return the SI joint to the normal range of motion.

For more serious or chronic cases, you should see a chiropractor for further treatment. 

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