SI Joint Dysfunction and Yoga is a Real Thing

It’s the No. 1 Misdiagnosed Low Back/Hip Disorder

Women are Particularly Susceptible 

Back pain is the number one reason for a visit to a doctor’s office. Generally, the pain and loss of mobility decrease over time. For some, unexplained low back, pelvic, or hip pain that does not get better could be caused by a problem with the sacroiliac (SI) joint.  It is located where the wing-shaped top of your pelvis, a bone called the ilium, attaches to the lower part of your spine (sacrum). There are two SI joints, one on each side of your pelvis. A very strong and complex set of ligaments holds the two bones snugly together. The asymmetrical poses in yoga can put stress on the SI Joint and hip flexors that are tight from sitting or strong from doing core work can affect this joint. Women, especially because of hormonal changes, are particularly susceptible to an SI Joint issue.

How Physical Therapy can Help: 

Common Symptoms: 

  • Dull ache in lower back that won’t go away
  • Radiating pain to the butt, glues, hamstring & groin
  • The feeling of a pulled muscle that doesn’t go away
  • Pain when lying or sitting on the affected side
  • Post-pregnancy back/pelvic pain that doesn’t go away
  • Proper joint mobilization to correct to neutral
  • Soft tissue mobilization to improve muscle function
  • Joint-specific stretching and stability program
  • Core strengthening and functional fitness
  • Education and proper movements for yoga

Our SI Joint rehabilitation program has been developed over 15 years. It combines evidence-based training with our clinical experience and expertise. Many of our patients come to us after having failed physical therapy elsewhere or having been misdiagnosed. Often they are able to experience immediate relief.  We have a wide-array of tools, tips, and even a few tricks at our disposal in order to customize a program based on each individual’s health, condition, needs, and goals.

EckartYoga has a good article that discusses SI Joint Dysfunction and Yoga further.

If you think you may have an SI Joint issue

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Where Does it Hurt? We Can Help!

Low Back/Lumbar

If you have low back pain, you are not alone. At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past three months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own.

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Neck/Cervical

The neck is less protected than the rest of the spine and can be vulnerable to injury and disorders that produce pain and restrict motion often affecting everyday activities. For many, it is a temporary condition disappearing with time.

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Mid-Back/Thoracic

The thoracic spine encompasses the upper- and middle-back region and extends down about five inches past the bottom of the shoulder blades. Although it is solidly constructed and relatively stable, it can also be a source of pain.

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Shoulder

The shoulder is not a very stable type of joint and tends to be easily injured. Pain can arise from problems with instability or impingement of the soft tissue or bony structure. Injuries can occur while performing manual labor, playing sports, or very often by repetitive movements.

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Hip and Groin

The hip is a ball and socket joint designed to withstand repeated motion, but can become damanged due to overuse or injury. A groin strain is an overstretch or tearing injury to the muscles of the inner thigh or front of the hip

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Knee/Hamstring/Quads

Knee pain can restrict movement, affect muscle control in the sore leg, and reduce the strength and endurance of the muscles that support the knee. The most common disease affecting the knee is osteoarthritis.

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Foot/Ankle/Calf

The feet and ankles work together to provide support and mobility to the body. With proper detection, intervention, and care, most foot and ankle problems can be lessened or prevented. Calf injuries usually occur as a result of a sudden pushing off movement or from excessive over-stretching.

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Hand/Wrist/Elbow

Pain in the hand, wrist, elbow or fingers is generally caused by repetitive motions, overuse, or an underlying condition like arthritis or tendonitis. It is a very common complaint. Injuries can also occur during accidents or activities.

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Head/Jaw

Many children and adults suffer from chronic jaw and facial pain. Jaw pain can happen all of a sudden, or it can start off mild and become more intense over time. Identifying the underlying issue is the first step in treating this condition.

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