Think about how your legs connect to the upper body and you will be thanking the structures known as sacroiliac (SI) joints. These powerful and pivotal points connect the pelvic bones to the sacrum, and are responsible for conducting force and weight between the upper body and the legs. They are supported by a complex system of ligaments and muscles that provide strength to the region. These joints are vulnerable to the wear and tear of aging, and can be damaged in extreme circumstances such as car accidents or severe sports injuries. Postural changes (growing of the abdomen during pregnancy) and muscular imbalance can also contribute.
The pain associated with SI syndrome is usually located in the lower back and can radiate downwards into the buttocks and legs. Many people confuse this type of pain with sciatica, making a proper diagnosis all the more important: knowing the correct underlying cause is the only way to achieve full recovery. When SI joint pain is diagnosed, we have seen symptoms respond well to our treatment at Espinosa Family Chiropractic. Our goal is to reduce pain and inflammation of the ligaments, relieve muscle stiffness and improve movement in the sacroiliac region. Chiropractic adjustments target the joints directly to achieve these effects. If you are experiencing lower back pain or pain in the pelvic region, call our office in Sacramento to schedule an appointment at (916) 457-8825.
Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.