Low Back Pain is such a common complaint, but it is also a really broad term because there are so many different causes. So how do we determine the exact cause? People may experience back pain for several different reasons such as tight muscles, decreased joint mobility, a herniated disc, an old injury and the list goes on. With the complexity of the lower back, let’s focus our attention on the sacroiliac (SI) joint.
What is the Sacroiliac Joint?
Those two dimples on your lower back, that’s your SI joint. It’s mostly responsible for providing us with stability, but the joint does have some mobility, which at times can be compromised.
Where Is The Pain?
- It’s often described as being a deep dull ache in the low back or buttocks region
- It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact location
- Occasionally pain will radiate down the back of the thigh or into the hip or groin
- Sitting for a prolonged period of time may aggravate the symptoms
- Certain movements such as twisting or bending may make the pain worse
What Causes the Pain in the First Place?
Tight muscles, including the hamstrings, glutes and piriformis can pull the pelvis into an improper position. Leg length discrepancy should also be considered. It can be brought on after a long hike with some serious downhill walking or from participating in a sport that requires a lot of jumping or backwards running. Poor standing or sitting postures can be a contributing factor as well.
How Do I Get Rid of the Pain?
Acupuncture is a very quick and effective way to treat SI joint pain. I have treated this condition many times and most people feel relief after just one treatment. Chronic conditions will require a few more treatments but still get results. Patients can also have pain relief from other treatments including chiropractic, massage therapy and physical therapy. Once the muscles have relaxed and the pelvis is in the proper position it is important to make sure it stays this way by doing some simple Stretches.
The Research Says…
A literature review about the effectiveness of acupuncture in chronic low back pain was recently published in Spine Journal, a very highly respected journal. It concluded acupuncture was a favourable treatment for low back pain.
Book an appointment with an acupuncturist trained in the assessment and treatment of injuries to see if acupuncture can help with your low back pain.