Understanding and Managing Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Pain
Published on September 8, 2023
Woman experiencing low back pain that could be SI joint pain

When it comes to back pain, it’s not always easy to pinpoint the culprit. One often misunderstood source of discomfort is the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Located where your lower spine meets the pelvis, this joint plays a crucial role in transferring load from your upper body to your legs. It’s also a region that can cause a unique set of challenges when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. At North Shore Sports Medicine, we specialize in decoding these issues, offering comprehensive care to get you back on your feet.


What is the sacroiliac (SI) joint?

Simply put, the sacroiliac joint is the connector between your spine and your pelvis. It’s a critical junction that plays a role in everything from walking to sitting. Despite its importance, it’s often overlooked when diagnosing back pain.


The challenge in diagnosis

SI joint pain can mirror symptoms of other common back issues, which makes it tough to diagnose accurately. Typically, this pain manifests itself in the buttock area, causing discomfort especially when sitting for long periods. If you’ve got persistent back or buttock pain, you can’t just assume it’s a pulled muscle or generic backache; it could very well be SI joint pain.


The importance of professional assessment

The first step in tackling SI joint pain is getting a precise diagnosis. A skilled physiotherapist or chiropractor can assess your movement patterns and identify the involvement of the SI joint. By ruling out other potential causes of your discomfort, these professionals can tailor a treatment plan specifically for you.


Effective treatment options

Once the SI joint is identified as the source of your pain, a multi-disciplinary approach is often the most effective. Here’s a quick rundown:

Strengthening exercises

Specific exercises aimed at the pelvic and lower back area can stabilize the SI joint, improving function and reducing pain.

Manual therapy

Hands-on treatment from a qualified professional can relieve immediate symptoms and contribute to long-term relief.

Coordinated treatment

Our clinic believes in a holistic approach. By combining physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and even other treatments like massage therapy or acupuncture, we can tackle the issue from multiple angles.


Why choose North Shore Sports Medicine?

With 35 years of experience, we’re more than just a clinic; we’re your partners in pain management and recovery. Our goal isn’t just to treat you, but to equip you with the knowledge and skills to manage your condition effectively, ensuring you can get back to living your best life, pain-free.

Free yourself from SI joint pain

Don’t let SI joint pain keep you sidelined. Book your appointment with North Shore Sports Medicine today and start your journey towards a pain-free life.

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