Diagnosing and Treating Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction in Athletes
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a common problem among athletes. This joint connects the sacrum to the hip bones and allows for smooth motion while running and pivoting. Dysfunction often results in pain, difficulty moving, and other symptoms localized in the hips and legs. If left untreated it can become a chronic source of pain, affecting athletic performance and hampering mobility in everyday life.
Chiropractic can be a solution to coping with joint dysfunction issues. For athletes, visits to a chiropractor can be especially helpful for working through sacroiliac joint dysfunction. The team at Advanced Spine and Posture has been helping Las Vegas, NV-area athletes restore and recuperate joint function, so they can return to the sports and activities they love.
What is sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
The sacroiliac joint is a particularly important component in bearing the body’s weight and facilitating movement. Hypermobility or restricted movement can both be catalysts for pain and both attribute to the umbrella diagnosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
When athletes experience sacroiliac joint dysfunction, it’s typically because the joint has been overused and extended. Whatever activities you enjoy doing – from snowboarding to volleyball – become much more difficult when the joints don’t properly transfer stress from the upper body to the lower body. It’s also possible for this condition to be the result of:
- Sedentary lifestyle;
- Post-surgery complications;
- Herniated or slipped vertebral discs.
Symptoms associated with sacroiliac joint dysfunction vary from person to person. Common symptoms include lower back pain, pain in the buttocks, or pain radiating down the legs. The pain may spread to other areas of the body as well, resulting in muscle spasms. When the ligaments and tendons surrounding this joint break down, the results can be traumatic, including dislocation of the hip.
How do chiropractors treat sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
Many sufferers of joint dysfunction have found spinal adjustments to be remarkably effective at alleviating pain. This is because the alignment of the spine is crucial to restoring smooth joint function. Redistribution of weight and support of vertebrae are a common first step in alleviating the stress placed on sacroiliac joints. For this, there’s no better solution than a visit to the chiropractor.
Specific adjustments to the sacrum can create balance in the hips. This serves to ease pinched nerves and joint compression, two of the most common catalysts for the development of a sacroiliac issue.
In addition to adjustments, chiropractors often recommend low-impact exercise to strengthen and renew key muscle groups in the legs and lower back. This will better support the joints and help aid in gradual recovery. While this may mean riding the pine for a few weeks, athletes will have the peace of mind in a lasting recovery, rather than a nagging injury that’s the result of partial healing.
Get back in the game
No athlete wants to spend time away from the game they love. If sacroiliac joint dysfunction is hampering your play, it’s time to call the experts at Advance Spine and Posture in Las Vegas, NV. We’re your experts on assessing and treating joint function through a natural, non-invasive chiropractic approach. Our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program works to target ongoing issues and prevent flare ups. Contact us today for a free consultation!
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.