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:
- 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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