It’s no secret that millions of American adults suffer from some form of back pain. In fact, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, back pain is among the most common reasons that people seek medical treatment.
While the exact cause of most back pain is hard to pin down, it is usually focused in one specific area. If you’ve been struggling with persistent lower back problems – especially in the wake of pregnancy – you could be suffering from a condition known as sacroiliac joint dysfunction or SI joint pain.
Need to know more? Get the scoop on your pain –and treatment options – with this quick rundown from Meenal Mujumdar PT.
A Real Problem
So, what exactly is SI joint pain? It starts in the sacroiliac joint – of course.
As shown in the diagram featured here, the sacroiliac joint serves as the main connection point between the hips, legs, and lower back. While the joint is not typically called upon for serious movement, it does play an important role in shock absorption and weight distribution.
Like most other forms of back pain, SI joint pain is highly correlated to sustained stress and strain. With its close connection to the pelvic and abdominal regions, the sacroiliac joint can be negatively impacted by periods of pelvic and pelvic floor strain.
Subsequently, pregnancy and childbirth are both frequently causes of SI joint pain. During pregnancy, ligaments and tendons connecting the SI joint to the lower abdominal area can become strained and even torn – making recovery after childbirth even more difficult.
What’s more, hormonal changes can lead to an unwanted relaxation of shock absorbing muscles and tissues surrounding the SI joint. Left untreated, many women experience a reduction in function and, even worse, serious pain.
A PT Solution
Given that SI joint pain accounts for nearly 30% of all lower back pain, a proper solution is definitely in order.
Holistic physical therapy offers a welcome alternative from invasive surgeries or medication. A qualified pelvic health and physical therapy expert can help develop a treatment plan – one that involves movement, therapeutic massage, and overall pelvic region strength training.
By improving pelvic region function and overall mobility, sacroiliac joint dysfunction can be conquered.
Get Help From An Expert
Of course, if you’re exploring treatment options for your SI joint pain – you need the advice and guidance of a qualified medical professional.
Since receiving her physical therapy degree in 2003, Meenal Mujumdar has dedicated her practice to improving the health of people struggling with pelvic, back, and abdominal pain. At Meenal Mujumdar PT, Meenal and her team combine physical therapy with state-of-the-art tools, like the Pathway Biofeedback system.
Meenal believes that the muscles and tissues of the pelvis are critical for a healthy back, increased mobility, and, most importantly, a pain-free lifestyle.
Contact Meenal Mujumdar PT Today!
To get a handle of your lower back pain, schedule a consultation with Meenal. You’ll be glad you did.