Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

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Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is one of the most common problems we see at the clinic. Pain can be expressed in the back, hip, tailbone and even further up and down the chain contributing to both lower and upper extremity problems.

Through its complex connections to surrounding structures, (SIJ) problems can even affect core strength, posture and functional movement strategies impacting strength, coordination and balance. Hip pain, back pain and even knee pain can all be a result of sacroiliac joint disfunction.

What causes sacroiliac joint dysfunction?

  • Poor posture sitting or standing

  • Poor functional movement strategies when lifting or performing other activities of daily living

  • Hyper-mobility

  • Poor lumbopelvic strength

  • Trauma

  • Compensatory motor planning secondary to another problem

  • Leg length discrepancy

  • Problems with gait

  • Pregnancy, pre and post.

I was on the brink of having my pelvis fused, unable to walk even one block without severe pain, depression and feeling hopeless. I had already seen five other PT’s and at the Swedish Pain Management clinic. They believed I’d be able to walk, hike, and run again. After treatment I did my 1st 1/2 marathon trail run! Sarah and Noal have helped me through shoulder issue, wrist, Sacroiliac joint pain and TMJD. I am grateful and lucky to have them on my team of health professionals!
— Anne Drury

How is it treated?

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction can be a simple fix or one that is very complex. We think of the sacroiliac joint (SIJ) as part of a larger pelvic Rubix cube, combined with the lumbar spine and hip joint. With more than a half dozen joints that can potentially move both independently and together, the possibilities are endless. Using sound clinical judgement, creativity and an extensive tool box of advance treatment techniques, out physical therapists can help re-align you sacroiliac joint.

Like many other pathologies we treat, the Neufit Neubie is remarkably helpful diagnosing and fixing sacroiliac joint dysfunction. With it’s advanced ability to objectively identify muscular disfunction and motor planning, we can often pinpoint the problem and treat it more quickly. Couple with manual therapy and movement, SIJ problems are highly treatable with great prognoses.