Hip Pain and Sciatica

The spine has a series of curves which are normal and help the spine to move and bear the weight of the body. The curve in the lower back is towards the front of the body or anteriorly convex. The sacrum or pelvis also has a curve which is in the opposite direction of the curve of the lumbar spine. The weight of the spine is transmitted into the pelvis via the sacro-iliac joints. The sacro-iliac joints (SI joints) are slightly moveable joints that may be responsible for as much as 40% of cases of back pain seen by Chiropractors. The SI joints however may often show rapid recovery with Chiropractic adjustments. One of the ket features of pain in the sacro-iliac joints is that such pain is not directly related to the discs and does not typically cause pain that radiates beyond the knee. The pain caused by an inflammed sacro-iliac joint is often a deep, dull pain on rest and a sharp pain on motion.
One key area of the pelvis which may cause sciatic pain is the piriformis muscle. In about 10% of persons the sciatic nerve runs through the piriformis muscle. These people are susceptible to sciatica due to nerve impingement by the piriformis muscle. Such sciatica usually presents over a period of days to weeks and may start with a dull ache in the buttocks.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience treating back pain, neck pain, sciatica, and sports injuries. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice serves Olathe, Kansas, Lenexa, Kansas and Overland Park, Kansas.

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