Sacroiliac Joint Pain refers to pain and discomfort felt within or around the Sacroiliac Joint of the pelvis, where the bones of the lower back meet the bones of the pelvis. Sacroiliac Joint Pain is a common problem, and has the potential to affect one in five people over the course of their lifetimes.
The Sacroiliac Joint transfers the weight of the torso and the lower back into the bones of the pelvis. The joint is reinforced with strong ligaments and overlaid with a muscular mesh that keeps the joint strong and stable. Because of the nature of the joint, Sacroiliac Pain can be felt in a broad band across the tops of the hips, as well as in the lower back or even in the legs.
Sacroiliac Pain is most commonly experienced in prolonged sitting, and may become worse when bending forward. For this reason, both technical and manual professionals are at a risk of experiencing this discomfort, and this risk is increased again if a person has recently experienced pain, discomfort, or injury of the lower back, the hips, the hamstrings, or the knees. Sacroiliac Joint irritation can also result in referred symptoms being felt in one or both of the legs due to the irritation of the nerves that pass through this region, as well as pain when performing otherwise unremarkable activities such as sitting down or rolling in bed.
Management of Sacroiliac Pain depends on the cause of the pain, how it feels and changes over the day, what makes it better or worse, and the length of time you have been experiencing the pain. All of these factors will be addressed in your initial assessment, which is the first step towards minimising and managing any pain or discomfort. The treatment you receive will be tailored to address the specific cause of your discomfort, and will focus on minimising pain, maximising your ability to move pain free, and developing a plan to minimise the risk of a flare-up in the future.
At Atlas Physio, we will provide you with education, structured management, and ongoing monitoring of your pain both in and out of the clinic. Contact us to arrange an assessment, and to take the first step on a course of corrective care today.