Why Is a Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction so Difficult to Self-Diagnose?

The sacroiliac joints are weight-bearing joints that distribute weight from the spine to the lower extremities via the hip joints. They also act as shock absorbers. Several muscles influence the movement and stability of the sacroiliac joint, and due to the central position, hard, bony structure and strong ligaments, the joint is usually very reliable. Yet the sacroiliac joint can also be a major source of lower back pain. […]

​The sacroiliac joints are weight-bearing joints that distribute weight from the spine to the lower extremities via the hip joints. They also act as shock absorbers. Several muscles influence the movement and stability of the sacroiliac joint, and due to the central position, hard, bony structure and strong ligaments, the joint is usually very reliable. Yet the sacroiliac joint can also be a major source of lower back pain.

Why is a sacroiliac joint dysfunction so difficult to diagnose?

Pain originating from the SI joint is often underappreciated, under diagnosed, misunderstood and usually attributed to other sources, such as the hip or spine. Patients experiencing lower back pain can spend months or even years in treatment without the correct diagnosis.

Pain from the hip, spine, and the SI joint can overlap and are often confused with each other. Some patients experience injuries that involve the hip and SI joint, or the SI joint and the spine but are unable to pinpoint the exact source of their discomfort. If, for example, the patient has a back sprain that doesn’t go away for several months, this could be a sign
that a dysfunction in the sacroiliac joint is at the root of the problem.

What are the symptoms of SI joint dysfunction?

Any problems in the lower back that cause pain and discomfort should be considered serious. There are, however, some signs that can indicate the cause of the problem. In the case of a sacroiliac joint dysfunction symptoms could be, but are not limited to:

 low back pain
 thigh and buttock pain
 discomfort and difficulty when seated

As already mentioned, performing a correct self-diagnosis is tricky at the best of times, due to the fact that very often discomfort in other regions, such as the hip and the spine, tend to simulate pain in the sacroiliac joint. When in doubt, always seek out a qualified medical practitioner.

Like most back pain, the right treatment can help bring fast and efficient relief. If you suspect you have symptoms that correspond to a sacroiliac joint dysfunction, then give us a call today. You’ll receive a prompt and discrete over-the- phone consultation, or we’ll be more than happy to book you in for a discovery visit. Act now and take the first step on the road to a life free from back pain, and start living the way you always wanted!

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Dr. Jack Wong

Next Level Physical Therapy

"We Help People Age 40+ Stay Active, Healthy & Mobile Without Relying On Pain Meds, Injections Or Surgery"




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