Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is known to cause low back pain, but diagnosing can be hard for some doctors. Especially those that do not have a great deal of experience in sacroiliac joint pain. However, chiropractors specialize in this area as the SI joint is an important part of the musculoskeletal system.
SI joint dysfunction and pain can involve�one or both joints.
Other terms associated with SI joint dysfunction are sacroiliitis or degenerative sacroiliitis.
Low back pain may be SI joint-related, so how to start the conversation with your doctor?
Things to Remember Before Appointment
Diagnosing sacroiliac joint-related pain begins before your first appointment with a doctor or chiropractor.
Three things to do before your appointment can help make the visit highly productive.
I. Know your medical history
If you have an existing spinal condition, it can definitely affect SI joint dysfunction
Any recent trauma, like an auto accident or fall?
Think about these before, because they can help a doctor identify links or cause of Sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
II. Know the symptoms
Make it a point to know the symptoms so you can explain them in full detail.
If you need to, write them down.
Low back pain
Pain that travels through:
Pain when pressing on the Sacroiliac joints�
Stiffness or electrical burning sensations in the pelvis
Know when the symptoms get worse and when they go away. For example:
The pain usually increases when:
Walking for extended periods
Getting/rising up from a seated position
And the pain usually goes away when lying down.
III. Write down questions for your doctor.
Think about what you want your doctor to understand and the pain you are going through.
Write down questions and take them with you.
This questions could be like:
Is this pain caused by a sacroiliac joint problem?
Why rule out sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
How long does it take for the treatment/s to take effect?� �
Is the treatment plan for long sustained relief or short-term relief?
Ask your doctor to examine you for sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Low back pain research shows the sacroiliac joint, is a definite cause of low back pain.
This problem affects� 30-34% of patients with low back pain.
A doctor can diagnose sacroiliac joint dysfunction based on medical history and a physical exam.
The physical exam, which can include performing specific maneuvers/movements to re-create the pain in a controlled manner, to help confirm a diagnosis.
Physical tests can initiate sacroiliac joint pain and help diagnose low back pain that is being caused by sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Fortin finger test, which means pressing down near the sacroiliac joints
If three out of five tests produce pain, then more than likely you have sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Dialogue with your doctor/chiropractor
It�s normal to feel overwhelmed during a doctor’s visit, especially if you have a�condition that is hard-to-diagnose.
Talk with your doctor, their voice should not be the only one heard, this is your body and your health that’s at stake.
Your information is essential to help with an accurate diagnosis.
If your doctor doesn’t feel comfortable or feels they don’t have enough experience in diagnosing sacroiliac joint pain, then ask for a referral to a spine specialist/chiropractor that is comfortable and does have the experience in diagnosing sacroiliac joint pain.
There are a number of treatments for sacroiliac joint dysfunction, including pain medication, epidural steroid injection, and surgery. However, chiropractic care is non-invasive and does not have the unpleasant, sometimes harmful side effects of pain meds. It is safe and effective and treats the entire body instead of just the part that hurts.
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Patients who experience lower back pain never want to deal with it again, but�it can flare up periodically. According to the�National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, roughly 20% of those who suffer from low back pain will eventually deal with it chronically. This can cause frustration, primarily when it affects mobility.
Before you run screaming in horror to the medicine cabinet, one of the best reasons to participate in chiropractic treatment is that it helps reduce the chance of a recurrence. By working on the total body and getting it in the best shape possible, the patient is stronger and more balanced to handle their workload and other strenuous activities. Chiropractors also impart advice on how to minimize the chances of re-aggravating the lower back.
If you have low back pain�or have had it, you are not alone. Experts estimate that around 80% of people will experience some type of back problem at some point in their lives. The Global Burden of Disease 2010 lists low back pain as the number one cause of disability worldwide. The good news is the majority of back pain is mechanical in origin or is not organic. This means that infection, cancer, fracture, inflammatory arthritis, and other serious conditions are not the cause. In fact, you may benefit by looking to your feet, knees,�and hips as the culprits.
The spine is the foundation for the body, supporting the spinal cord and the limbs. When there is a problem with any of the limbs it can affect the spine and vice versa. The intricate network of tendons, ligaments, and nerves work together within the incredible machine that is the human body.
How the Feet Affect the Low Back
When there are problems with the feet, it can cause problems through the legs and all the way to the spine. This can cause the ankle to pronate, meaning it rolls inward. This alters the way the bones of the foot line up which extends through the tibia, or shin bone.
This can cause a condition called knock knees and it can change the way the entire body is aligned. This puts the body out of balance, destabilizing the spine, and can even cause the pelvis to tilt to one side or the other. When you are walking or standing, the stress caused by the misalignment it can create a domino effect, causing or contributing to low back pain.
How the Knees Affect the Low Back
One thing to remember when assessing pain in the body is that where it hurts may not be the source of the problem. It could be a symptom. Because of this, knee pain could be caused by a problem with your back and back pain could be caused by a problem with your knees.
It is important to take this type of pain at more than face value and do a little investigating to find the cause. That is why chiropractic is so beneficial in these situations.
If you see a chiropractor for your knee or back pain, he or she will assess your issues, talk to you about the pain you are experiencing and help you get to the root of your problem so that you can treat it and, in turn, help correct other associated issues. Knees connect the foot and spine so problems that affect the feet and ankles,�as well as the spine, will very likely affect the knees and hips as well.
How the Hips Affect the Low Back
Muscle imbalances in the hip, such as tight hip flexors, can cause low back pain � or at least contribute to it. When the hip flexor muscles are too tight, it causes what is known as an anterior pelvic tilt.
In other words, the muscles cause an anterior pull on the pelvis. This affect posture and throws the entire lower body out of alignment. It can also affect the knees and feet if left untreated.
Hip flexors can become too tight if the person sits for extended periods of time or engages in activities like cycling and jogging. A chiropractor can guide you through exercises that will help release the tight muscles and stop the micro spams that occur as a result.
He or she will also assess your knees, feet, and ankles to ensure that the issue has not through them out of alignment as well. Correcting the cause of the problem will often correct the associated issues and resolve the pain allowing you to return to your normal activities.
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