Sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SJD) is a broad term often applied to pain in the sacroiliac joint region—the largest joints at the base of the spine.
SJD can be painful and debilitating, but it is rarely life-threatening.
SJD rarely requires invasive types of treatment such as surgery.
Symptoms and Causes
SJD symptoms include low-back pain, typically at the belt line, and pain radiating into the buttock or thigh.
These symptoms are hard to distinguish from other causes of low-back pain, such as disc herniations or facet joints disease.
Most often, SJD is caused by trauma. For example, rotation of the joint when lifting or participating in some vigorous activity may cause tears in small ligaments surrounding the joint, resulting in pain and dysfunction.
While more serious conditions such as fracture or dislocation, infection and inflammatory arthritis can cause sacroiliac joint pain, minor trauma is considered a much more common cause.
The risk of SJD may also increase with true and apparent leg-length inequality, abnormalities in gait and prolonged exercise.
Pregnant women may suffer from SJD because of hormone-induced relaxation of the pelvic ligaments during the third trimester, weight gain and increased curvature of the lumbar spine.
Finding the Right Treatment for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (SI Joint Pain) in Augusta GA
For patients with lower back or buttock pain that stems from the sacroiliac joint, our customized chiropractic treatments at Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic can be applied and are often considered the first line of treatment before more invasive forms, such as surgery are pursued.
Our treatment goal as an experienced Chiropractor in Augusta GA and Chiropractor in Evans GA for sacroiliac joint pain is to utilize a method that is best preferred by the patient and yields the best outcome. Patients respond better to different approaches, and so we are able to customize SI joint-specific treatments to treat the patient’s sacroiliac joint pain. You can contact our office at (706) 814-5053 or online at georgia-clinic.com to find out if our specialized, sacroiliac joint treatments are right for your condition.