Your SI joints are your sacroiliac joints, which play an important role in your ability to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Your sacroiliac joints are on both sides of your sacrum (the lowest part of your spine), and they link your sacrum to the ilium on each side of your pelvis. Healthy SI joints allow you to comfortably transfer weight from your upper body to your legs and they are meant to move in a smooth shearing or sliding motion.
SI Joint Pain
SI joint dysfunction occurs when the joint can’t move the way it’s meant to, and such dysfunction usually causes discomfort and/or a decreased range of motion in the hips. Your SI joints serve to smoothly transfer your body weight, and they’re comprised of strong supporting ligaments and tendons that allow only minimal movement. Your SI joints can be adversely affected by several common factors:
- Exercising too little;
- Sitting too much; and
- Carrying too much body weight.
All of these factors can contribute to decreased SI joint health and range of motion. Conversely, pregnant women can encounter too much SI joint movement due to the stretching and loosening effect that pregnancy has on ligaments.
Symptomatology and Care
People experience SI joint dysfunctions in different ways, but it’s not uncommon for such dysfunction to present as pain in the low back or buttocks. This pain can radiate down your leg or your front thigh but usually won’t go beyond your knee. Joint pain that emanates from your SI joints commonly mimics other kinds of low back pain, such as sciatica. In order to effectively treat your condition, an experienced chiropractor will carefully examine you and discuss your symptoms with you. A skilled chiropractor will make the appropriate adjustments to help restore your SI joint health.
For Improved SI Joint Health, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today
The health of your SI joints is crucial to your active and healthy lifestyle. If you’re experiencing discomfort or decreased range of motion in your SI joints, an experienced Tampa Bay chiropractor will guide you on the path to natural recovery. At Tampa Bay Spine & Injury, we provide truly integrated physical medicine and will work closely with you to address your SI joint pain. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call us for more information about improving your SI joint health.