Pelvic and Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) Pain

Pelvic and Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) Pain

What are the Causes of Sacroiliac Joint and Pelvic Pain?

Sacroiliitis or sacroiliac joint pain are commonly used to describe the pain of the sacroiliac joint located around the back of the hips. The sacroiliac joint can become painful when the ligaments involved become too loose or too right.

Pain is usually concentrated over the buttocks, and sharp, aching or shooting pain is felt over the sacroiliac joint. Common causes of hip pain include trauma, such as heavy impact activities and labor intensive work, as well as obesity and even pregnancy.

Pregnancy related pelvic dysfunction can be caused by three main factors:
  1. Hormonal Changes.During pregnancy, our body releases a hormone called relaxin which loosens the ligaments of the pelvis to make it easier for the baby to pass through the birth canal.
  2. Additional Weight. As the baby grows in the womb it changes the centre of gravity of our body. The extra weight and shape will move our centre of gravity forwards, often causing an anterior tilt of the pelvic bones.
  3. Increase Demand On The Pelvis. Most of us have a dominant side, so one leg is better at standing and one leg is better at kicking. This means that the demand on the pelvis is sometimes asymmetrical, which can cause one side of the pelvis to rotate forwards more than the other side.

Our physiotherapists will run tests and structure a rehabilitation plan to help you with your recovery.

Assessment and Diagnosis

In the initial assessment, our physiotherapists will run a comprehensive physical examination to evaluate the complexity of the pelvic dysfunction.

These include investigating the patient's history and physical activities, range of movement tests, checking for palpation over the SI joints, and orthopaedic provocation tests.

Treatment Sessions

The initial aim of treating pelvic pain is to reduce the inflammation in the affected area, followed by mobility improving activities such as manipulation and exercise therapy. Our physios will guide you through these processes, advise you on lifestyle changes, and educate you on the ideal exercises and stretches to do to make your recovery as smooth as and as quick as possible.

For more info, contact us appt@sportsandspinal.hk or +852 2530 0073.

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