The Hip joints or S-I joints and back pain

The S-I joints or sacro-iliac joints are the joints which transmit the weight of the spine into the legs. The joints are also major shock absorbers for lessening the effects of jarring and bumping on the spine. The joints are smaller than the palm of the hand and located just at or below the beltline. The sacro-iliac joints are unique in that they are moveable yet have strong ligaments inside the joint. In children the joints are smooth and more freely moveable. As we age the joints generally become rougher and permit less motioin. Some older individuals may have very little if any movement in the sacro-iliac joints.
The sacro-iliac joints are commonly the cause of back pain treated by Chiropractors. The pain from a sacro-iliac joint problem may be felt in the groin, back of the leg or down the leg. The pain may be hard to differentiate from the pain caused by a herniated disc.
S-I joints that are causing pain are often aggrevated by lying with the painful side down. For this reason it is often helpful to lie with the painful side up and a pillow between the knees if suffering from lower back pain caused by a sacro-iliac joint problem.
Chiropractic adjustments are often very helpful in treating lower back pain caused by sacro-iliac joint problems.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience treating back pain, neck pain, and sports injuries. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice serves Olathe, Kansas, Overland Park, Kansas and Lenexa, Kansas.

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