The sacroiliac (SI) joint is located between the sacrum and iliac bones within the pelvis. Due to its centralized location within the body, sacroiliac pain resembles sciatic pain, which presents in both the lower back and the legs.
Sacroiliac pain often occurs as the result of degeneration in older patients, which can be in the form of arthritis. Another common cause of sacroiliac pain is sciatic disc fusion that places extra force on the pelvis.
SI pain can lead to significant discomfort and, if untreated, can worsen and become a chronic condition. Diagnosing an SI injury is the first step in treating this nagging condition.
Hip Pain or Something More
Due to its location deep within the pelvis, sacroiliac pain can easily be misinterpreted as hip pain, lower back pain or even leg pain. Any of these conditions on their own are insignificant for the most part. However, when leg, back or hip pain become persistent or unbearable, it’s likely a sign that you have an underlying issue. If you have any of these symptoms, you may be dealing with SI pain:
- Shooting pain.
- Burning sensation.
- Numbness or tingling.
- Traveling pain.
- Persistent hip, back or leg pain.
Improving Hip Flexor Range of Motion
Your sacroiliac joint is responsible for providing flexibility to your pelvis. As your SI pain worsens, you are less inclined to flex your hip and groin muscles to avoid discomfort. Through lack of use, your muscles and ligaments tighten. Chiropractic care and physical therapy can work together to treat your injury quickly and thoroughly to prevent loss of strength and flexibility.
By combining chiropractic adjustments and physical rehabilitation, you can ensure that any misalignments or pressures that cause your SI pain are treated quicker than simply relying on rest and pain medication. Chiropractors can also help manipulate the soft tissue around the injury to promote better mobility.
Physical therapists guide patients through stretches and exercises that keep muscles and tendons loose during recovery. These techniques will prevent muscle atrophy and tightness throughout your rehabilitation.
Pain Treatment vs. Pain Management
If you want the fastest and most complete recovery from your pain and discomfort, it’s best to take the proactive treatment approach of chiropractic care. If you choose a more traditional treatment method of going to a physician, you will receive an extremely conservative prescription for pain pills and rest. This approach extends the recovery period and the risk of further injury to the SI joint, resulting in further discomfort. Pain medications introduce unnatural toxins into the body which can, over time, deteriorate organ health.
A chiropractor takes the time to listen to your symptoms and performs a physical examination to determine the best course of action for actively treating your condition. During treatments, the chiropractor adjusts each action to account for how the patient and the injury respond. This approach allows for extremely catered treatments that provide the maximum benefit for patient rehabilitation and recovery.
To get the most out of your chiropractic care and injury rehabilitation, work with Dallas’ pain & injury experts at Ideal Chiropractic. Walk in or call (972) 252-7246 to schedule your pain treatment consultation today!