Sacroiliac Syndrome

Symptoms: Sacroiliac syndrome is a specific form of back pain that affects the area in and around the dimples in the upper buttocks. While similar to sacroiliac irritation, with sacroiliac syndrome the pain usually extends beyond the buttocks and can be felt in the groin, hip or back of the thigh, but rarely below the knees. Those suffering from sacroiliac syndrome also may experience a sharp pain when straightening up from a stooped position, often while lifting an object. Twisting, leaning forward, bending backward and sitting for long periods of time can make the pain worse.

Sacroiliac Syndrome - Chiropractic SymptomsOverview: While sacroiliac syndrome can begin without warning, it’s often a exacerbation of a similar, less serious condition called sacroiliac irritation. Therefore, it’s important to seek treatment early on when suffering from sacroiliac irritation, ( localized pain in the mid-buttocks) as the condition can develop into the more debilitating sacroiliac syndrome.

The sacroiliac joint is the connection between the ilia and the sacrum (lower part of the spine.) Abnormal movement in these joints generates the pain. If you put your hands on your hips, just below your waist, you can feel a bony intrusion on either side—these are the ilia.

The sacroiliac joints are responsible for around 20% of all lower back problems. It is believed that actions that jam these joints, as well as hormonal influences and arthritis can lead to local inflammation and joint irritation that in turn lead to pain. Repetitive actions involving lifting and bending can acerbate sacroiliac irritation. This is particularly true for children, pregnant women and those with degenerative diseases.

All these factors can lead to local inflammation and joint irritation that then lead to pain. With sacroiliac syndrome, the irritation and inflammation also affect nerves that provide sensation to other areas, like the thighs, which causes the brain to perceive pain as coming from the lower limb as well as from around the sacroiliac joints.

These symptoms are both chronic and aggravating, so it’s important to seek treatment from your healthcare practitioner as soon as possible. Proper care can prove effective in managing the condition, by improving joint function, decreasing pain and restoring your lower back to its original, healthy state.

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