Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction


Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction happens when there is uncharacteristic movement affecting the sacroiliac joint. The joint is at the base of your spine, sitting just above the coccyx. Unlike many joints in the rest of the body, the sacroiliac joint doesujn’t provide much movement, instead acting as a shock absorber for the upper body.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is usually a secondary issue, meaning there’s usually a different underlying condition that must be solved in order to fix sacroiliac dysfunction.

Causes of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

There are lots of possible causes of sacroiliac joint dysfunction, including:

o   Misalignment in the lower back (lumbar spine)
o   Overuse of the joint
o   Stretching of tissue from pregnancy
o   Leg length asymmetry
o   Ankle or knee dysfunction
o   Biomechanical abnormalities

Symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Pain linked to the sacroiliac joint is often confused with a lumbar injury or sciatica because the symptoms are similar. That’s why a full examination is needed to find out exactly where the problem is. Patients with sacroiliac joint dysfunction tend to experience:

  1. Pain or ache, in the buttock, groin or side of the upper calf
  2. Unlike many other conditions, SI dysfunction generally causes no tingling or weakness
  3. Headaches
  4. Hip or lower back pain

Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Our first priority is to find the true cause of your sacroiliac dysfunction. During your consultation with ProBack Clinics, we will carry out a thorough examination so we know the full extent of your condition. After which, we will recommend the best treatment plan tailored to your needs.

  1. In general, sacroiliac dysfunction can be treated using either shockwave or laser therapy, depending on how severe your case is. However, as mentioned earlier, sacroiliac joint dysfunction usually happens as a result of an issue in another area of the body. Any other problem would also need to be addressed to give you real, long term relief from sacroiliac dysfunction.
  2. With shockwave therapy, a percussive tapping motion is used to improve the function of the lumbar spine and hip. The tapping motion helps blood flow into the treated area and can help break down scar tissue, which may build up in an injured area.
  3. In cases where the tissue has been stretched or damaged by sacroiliac joint dysfunction, using the laser therapy can help kick start healing in the injured area. The K Laser is an innovative light therapy device that is able to boost the body’s natural healing abilities. By targeting the injured area at a cellular level using light energy, this energy increases a cell’s ability to heal and regenerate without any tissue damage or side effects. This process can also help in the redevelopment of blood vessels in the area (a process called neovascularisation), This allows for an increased blood flow, to improve the body’s natural regenerative abilities.

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“I was shocked at the difference after my first session.”

Debbie Gore

16th June 2016

“My posture has changed for the better.”

Elena Cooper

14th April 2016

“My pain disappeared

Cacilda Stakteas

24th February 2017

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