SI Joint Mobilization/Manipulation
What Is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?
There are many different terms for sacroiliac joint problems including: SI joint dysfunction, sacroiliac joint disease, SI joint syndrome, SI joint strain and SI joint inflammation. Basically, these terms describe abnormalities or injury of the sacroiliac (SI) joints. The SI joints connect the spine to the pelvis and are formed by the connection of the sacrum and right and left iliac bones. The sacrum, or lower portion of the spine, 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. Many conditions can cause pain that arise from the sacroiliac joints including degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis), gout, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and conditions that alter the walking pattern.
The two sides of the sacroiliac joint normally work together. If one side becomes stiff they will not move together, and this is what causes the pain and stiffness. Pain is often made worse with walking and bending.
What are symptoms of SI Joint Pain?
- Pain that may be sharp, stabbing or dull (sometimes localized to one or both sides of the pelvis, low back, groin or tailbone)
- Pain with movement in walking, standing, prolonged sitting, bending, twisting, standing up from a sitting position or turning over in bed
- Muscle tenderness and tightness in the buttock/hip region
- Loss of range of motion of the joint
Physical therapy can help ease stress on your SI joints which can become strained from sitting or standing for long periods of time. It can also help you maintain joint flexibility. With SI Joint Dysfunction, you do not have to do intense exercise! Gentle physical therapy treatment can be of great benefit as you stretch and strengthen your low back muscles.
When you are a patient being seen here at Balanced Body Physical Therapy for SI Joint Dysfunction you can depend on us to do a thorough physical evaluation. This will include a detailed assessment of the position of your spine and strength testing of the hip, pelvis, and lower extremity muscles. We will also conduct specialized testing to determine your mobility and flexibility. If needed, our skilled and experienced physical therapists are specially trained to perform SI joint manipulation/mobilization.
For more information, schedule an appointment today at Balanced Body Physical Therapy.