The sacroiliac (SI) joints are formed by the connection of the sacrum and the right and left iliac bones. The sacrum is the triangular-shaped bone in the lower portion of the spine, below the lumbar spine. While most of the bones (vertebrae) of the spine are mobile, the sacrum is made up of five vertebrae that are fused together and do not move.
The iliac bones are the two large bones that make up the pelvis. As a result, the SI joints connect the spine to the pelvis. The sacrum and the iliac bones (ileum) are held together by a collection of strong ligaments. There is relatively little motion at the SI joints. There are normally less than 4 degrees of rotation and 2 mm of translation at these joints. Most of the motion in the area of the pelvis occurs either at the hips or the lumbar spine. These joints do need to support the entire weight of the upper body when we are erect, which places a large amount of stress across them. This can lead to wearing of the cartilage of the SI joints and arthritis.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction refers to the pain in the sacroiliac joint also called your SI joints and it is caused by improper movement of the joints at the bottom of the spine that connect the sacrum to the pelvis by abnormal motion with either too much motion or too little motion. Due to this dysfunction it can cause pain in the lower back and legs. Being overweight can cause SI joint pain, but if you automatically have a short leg that can be another cause of sacroiliac dysfunction since that one side has to work harder than the other. If you aren’t sure if you have sacroiliac dysfunction then some symptoms include lower back pain or pain that spreads to the hips, buttox, or groin, stiffness, sciatic-like pain, and/or instability.
If your pain is intolerable some stretches that can help ease the pain are hamstring stretches. One way to stretch your hamstrings is sitting on the floor bending forward from your waist as far as possible while keeping your feet straight. At Kare Clinic in Grand Prairie, TX and Kare Chiropractic at Fort Worth, TX we have the best technology and experienced and qualified doctors that can help you feel better. At each of our Kare Clinic offices we have X-rays, heating pads, and other helpful tools that will have you feeling better. We strive to not only help our patients feel better but to prevent these injuries from happening again.
If you or someone you know is suffering from sacroiliac dysfunction don’t hesitate to call now at one of our clinics in Grand Prairie, TX and Fort Worth, TX. We want to help our patients feeling as great as they were before their pain and we want to prevent this pain from happening again. Don’t hesitate to call if your having any signs of the sacroiliac dysfunction symptoms. At Kare Clinic we care. Your trusted chiropractic team.