What is SI Joint Pain and dysfunction? How can it affect your life and can it really be the cause of all of your back, hip, knee and even pelvic floor discomfort?
SI Joint pain and dysfunction may easily be one of the most under-diagnosed and poorly treated physical ailments. The reason for this is that it’s not always JUST pain that you get in the SI Joint. It often manifests as hip pain, low back pain, knee or groin pain, sciatica, and even pelvic floor pain. The problem is that most of the time, treatment focuses on the pain spot, instead of fixing the SIJ dysfunction. So over the years issues “move around” or the pain keeps coming back.
This leads patients and practitioners alike throwing up their hands in confusion after they’re exhausted from chasing the pain. If you’re someone who’s had multiple issues in the hips, legs, low back, and/or pelvic floor area, chances are that you have SI Joint dysfunction. If you’ve had treatment for pain in any of these areas or even SI Joint pain, and it has continued to come back even after treatment, it’s likely that the treatment strategy was incomplete.
Have you already tried massage, chiropractic, prolotherapy, exercises, or pain medication, or a combination of these with little to no lasting results? The good news is you already know what doesn’t work.
Why Haven’t These Things Worked?
To put it simply, most treatments for SI Joint pain and dysfunction are fragmented. They only consider one piece of the puzzle. It’s kind of like baking a cake with only flour and milk, you’re missing a lot of key ingredients! Massage will get your muscle tension to go down for a while, but it will come back. Chiropractic will give you some relief from your compressed joints, but your muscles will still be programmed to return you to the same issue. You might have heard of prolotherapy which can help with stability, but cannot fix your movements. Various pain medication is just a temporary bandaid and affects your daily life and mental clarity.
The reason these things don’t work is that they’ve failed to consider the entire movement system. By the entire system I mean the brain, muscles, nerves, ligament stability, and movement. All of these components have to be addressed to resolve SI Joint pain and dysfunction. If you miss one, the body will simply return to how it has been doing things and you’ll be back in pain. Treatments that used to last for months or weeks, will last just days or hours. When you address the entire movement system, people start to get lasting, and oftentimes permanent relief. If you’re curious to read more on this approach, head over to our 5-step treatment process.
How Can Working With An Expert Help SI Joint Pain?
To fix SIJ pain and discomfort requires a strategy, not a protocol. A protocol is followed rigidly, while a strategy is flexible and can adapt to each patient depending on their own patterns of dysfunction. There are 45 muscles that attach to your pelvis. A dysfunction in your SIJ leads any number of these muscles to over-act, or under-act. This leads to new patterns between the brain and your muscles and joints. As someone progresses through treatment it’s the role of the practitioner to constantly evaluate which muscles have been chronically over-active and which have been under-active. You have to get the under-active ones to be more active before the over-active ones will calm down.
Once balance is achieved, the expert’s role is to guide you through a strength and movement protocol that will assist with “tightening up” your structure and the way you move. Because everyone is different, there’s no way to have one protocol to resolve this issue. The underlying strategy is critical to understand, and that is what allows you to adapt the treatment process to the individuals presentation. Like I mentioned before, SI Joint pain and dysfunction can have detrimental effects on the legs, hips, back, and even the pelvic floor. Due to the fact that each region of the body depends on the next (regional interdependence), SI Joint dysfunction can even contribute to pain in your ankles, feet, shoulders, and neck.
The question you must ask yourself is this. Am I more likely to have multiple issues? Or do I have one central issue that is causing a lot of other little issues?
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