What Aggravates SI Joint Pain?

Do you experience lower back pain?

Have you ever stepped awkwardly and then experienced pain in your legs Your sacroiliac (SI) joint could be the cause of your pain!

The sacroiliac joint or SI joint is the connection point between the sacrum and the ilium. The sacrum is the triangular bone at the base of the lumbar spine and the iliums are attached to each side of the sacrum. The iliums and sacrum together make up the pelvic complex.

It is estimated that the SI joint accounts for 15-30% of low back pain cases. When the SI joint is the cause of pain, it’s called a sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD) – when one or both of the joints is not working properly or is injured. Research shows that an SIJD will lead to a number of other musculoskeletal problems. To understand how that occurs we first need to understand how the SI joint works.

There are many thick, dense ligaments and muscles that connect the pelvic structures. These ligaments and muscles give us the ability to move. The hip joints have a larger range of motion while the SI joints have just a few degrees, very small in comparison.

This few degrees of movement is very important for the health, balance and function of your musculoskeletal system in regards to movement. The SI joints play a large role in your ability to walk and run.

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