It might be your Sacroiliac Joint!

As we are treating a lot of runners at our clinic at the moment , we thought it would be good to share with you a common problem runners complain they have.

This is a problem where your pelvis is the cause of your pain, also known as Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) dysfunction. Pregnant ladies often have problems with their pelvis too due to hormone changes which relax the sacroiliac ligaments.

What is the SIJ?

The sacroiliac joints are the linkage between your lower spine and pelvis. The connection of your sacrum and the right and left iliac bones form the sacroiliac joints.

What is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?

When your sacroiliac joints are not moving normally due to excessive movement or stiffness, it is referred to as Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, which normally results in sacroiliac pain.

It is important that you have both normal movement and muscle control around this area to avoid SIJ pain.

What are the Symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?

  • Lower back, hip, buttock, groin or sciatic (leg) pain

  • Pain is often worse when walking, standing and runningIt can be painful getting in and out of the car and standing on one leg to get dressed

  • Painful when lying on your sideIt can be painful bending, climbing the stairs and standing up from a seated position

  • Reduced hip movement

  • One leg feels heavy to lift

   

Treatment

The best treatment for SIJ dysfunction is a thorough assessment to determine the cause of the pain.

It may be there is a dysfunction with the right SIJ which is causing left sided lower back pain.

Correction of pelvis alignment using mobilisation, manipulation and muscle energy techniques (manual therapy where the patient uses gentle muscle contractions then relaxes to allow muscles to lengthen and joints movement to normalise – guidance is given by your physiotherapist).

Exercises to strengthen your core and gluteal muscles once your pelvis symptoms have been relieved.

If you have lower back pain, pain around the back of your pelvis or hip pain then please get in touch for advice and guidance.

If you have any aches, pain or niggles or even want advice about what you can do to reduce the risk of injury then please get in contact with us via activemotioninjuryclinic@gmail.com or 07368286175. Alternatively you can book online today!