Experiencing Pelvic Stiffness? Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction May Be to Blame
If you’ve been experiencing pelvic stiffness and pain, you might be suffering from a condition called sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Have you noticed instability in your pelvis or lower back pain that radiates into your buttocks and thighs? Maybe you’ve noticed that your hips and lower back feel too stiff to move normally.
If so, visit the team at ChiroSolutions Center in Virginia Beach, VA. We will assess and treat your pain with gentle chiropractic manipulations that are designed to restore your flexibility and relieve discomfort.
Signs of sacroiliac joint dysfunction
Your sacroiliac (SI) joints connect the sacrum (a triangular bone located in the pelvis) to the hip bones. The joints don’t have much mobility on their own, but they’re designed to help absorb shock and tilt the pelvis forward and backward. When the SI joints don’t move enough, however, it can limit your range of motion and cause hip and lower back pain. This pain may feel similar to sciatica. Unlike sciatica, though, sacroiliac joint pain doesn’t usually travel below the knee.
Sacroiliac joint pain often affects young to middle-aged women, particularly those who are pregnant or have recently given birth. You’re also at risk if you have gait issues or perform activities that put a lot of strain on the joints, such as regular heavy lifting.
The pain often manifests as lower back pain on one side, but it can be felt on both. It might also spread across the groin and buttocks and down into the back or side of the thigh. If your range of motion is not what it used to be and your pain increases while walking up stairs or bending, or if it feels like your pelvis might “buckle” while you’re standing, you should get assessed for sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Treatment for sacroiliac joint pain
There are two major forms of chiropractic treatment for sacroiliac joint pain. First is spinal manipulation, which is what people usually think of when they hear “chiropractic.” It’s the kind of adjustment that causes “cavitation,” or a popping noise during an adjustment. The second kind is spinal mobilization, which is a gentler, sort of thrusting movement.
Your chiropractor may have you lie on your side with one knee extended to your chest while they place pressure on your shoulders and the sacroiliac joint. Then, a gentle but quick thrust is applied to the joint, often making the popping sound. This is usually a sign that your joints and tissues have returned to their normal positions. Most people find that this process relieves pressure on the hip and groin immediately.
Other techniques involve using gravity traction and gentle stretches to achieve the same effect without the twisting and thrusting that produces cavitation. Whatever technique is most comfortable for you, talk to your chiropractor about treatment options and any concerns you may have. There are a number of different practices that may help you achieve relief.
ChiroSolutions Center in Virginia Beach, VA, uses Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) as part of our wellness treatments. Call us today to schedule an appointment and find out if CBP methods are right for you.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.