Sacroiliac joint disorders occur at the sacroiliac joint area thus disable the joint from functioning properly. It causes pain in the leg and lower back and is similar to sciatica.
In most cases, the problem is caused by motion in one of two extremes: either too much or too little movement between the hip bones, the sacrum (triangular bone between the lumbar spine) and the tailbone (or coccyx). Since the purpose of the sacroiliac joint is to act as a shock absorber between movement in the legs, pelvis and upper body, when it isn’t doing its job properly the patient experiences pain caused by friction and inflammation at the joint.
Assessment and Treatment
Specialists at our Harley Street Hospital will carry out a comprehensive assessment to ascertain the state of the sacroiliac joint, likely by x-ray. In most cases, this evaluation is able to give our doctors a clear picture of the degree of the inflammation inside the joint. If a sacroiliac disorder is diagnosed and not a fracture of the bone, we’ll recommend medication.
Although the degree of sacroiliac disorders varies from patient to patient, it usually takes a patient on medication an average of one to three months to start to see improvement and healing. Sometimes, physical therapy, including chiropractic, physiotherapy, or osteopathy can also help.
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