Over the past decade, Wendy has treated many clients who suffer from lower back pain. Most of these clients had previously undergone conventional treatments and found that they saw little improvement or responded only temporarily.
Whether the lower back pain is acute or chronic, caused by a sports injury or is posture-related, one of the most common findings is Sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SI joint dysfunction). Frequently one or both sides of the SI joints have become “jammed” or “stuck”. With time, the lumbar spine and/or other parts of the spine overcompensate, which can possibly lead to premature local wear and tear as well as degenerations.
What Does this Pain Feel Like?
Symptoms of SI Joint Dysfunctions are often difficult to distinguish from other types of lower back pain, and therefore can often overlooked by physicians and physiotherapists. The most common symptoms include:
- Lower back pain that spreads to the hips, buttocks, and/or groin
- Sciatic-like pain in the buttocks and/or backs of the thighs
- Radiating leg pain
- Numbness or tingling in the leg
- Stiffness in the lower back, hips, pelvis, and groin
- Pain when sitting for too long
- Pain with forward bending
- Pain with transitional movements, such as going from sitting to standing position, balancing on one leg or climbing stairs
- Increased pain when running or jogging, and putting weight on one side of the body when standing, sitting or lying down
Where Is the Sacroiliac Joint (SI joint)?
The two SI joints are located between the iliac bones and the sacrum, connecting the spine to the hips on both sides, i.e. below the waist where the two dimples are visible from behind. Being part of the pelvic girdle, SI joints help to provide support, stability and shock absorption of our spine, just like the foundation of a building.
The SI joints are gliding joints – Although, they may only move a few degrees, maintaining their mobility is crucial to transferring and distributing our weight properly down to our legs during daily movements such as walking, running and lifting.
Manual treatment for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
Depending on the cause and severity of your problem, Wendy may “unstick” the stuck SI joint(s), balancing the surrounding muscles and soft tissues with various manual techniques. She will help facilitate the reprogramming of the neuromuscular system for normal movement. Wendy will also address any other conditions, such as postural distortion patterns or improper muscle activation that might have contributed to the joint dysfunction.
If you are interested in scheduling a session with Wendy Lam or have further queries, please contact us today.