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The Sacroiliac Joint

Overlooked Cause of Low Back and Hip Pain

The sacroiliac joint is a large joint located where the lowest bone in the spine (the sacrum) attaches to the pelvis (the ilium). There are two sacroiliac joints, one lying on either side of the center of the lower back about two inches below the beltline. Those with sacroiliac pain often describe the location as in the “hip” or in the buttocks.

The sacroiliac joint may well be the most overlooked cause of low back pain. A recent large study of sacroiliac joint pain or syndrome performed by orthopedic researchers found that it was the single most common diagnosis in those with undiagnosed back pain. This study found that one in four patients with low back pain had this disorder and that chiropractic manipulation was effective in correcting sacroiliac syndrome in 95% of these patients.

In another study of sacroiliac syndrome during pregnancy, chiropractic manipulation was also found to be an effective treatment. Sacroiliac syndrome is a common cause of low back pain both during pregnancy and following delivery because of the stress on the joint during these times. Researchers at Linkoping University Hospital in Sweden treated pregnant women with low back pain with chiropractic manipulation. Seventy percent were totally relieved of their pain while the other 30% obtained at least partial relief. These researchers commented that this treatment is very promising for the treatment of this disorder.

Sacroiliac syndrome is one of the most common causes of low back pain. Medical research is finding that chiropractic treatment is perhaps the most effective way of dealing with this often overlooked cause of back pain. Chiropractic care can prevent chronic suffering in many people and should be the first treatment choice in sacroiliac syndrome.

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