Lower Back Pain: Is It Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?

Lower back pain is generally a difficult thing to diagnose. One of the most common conditions that gets overlooked is known to medical professionals as sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

Your sacroiliac joint is the joint that connects your sacrum, or the wedge-shaped bone at the base of your spine, with your pelvis. Over time, degeneration in this joint can cause it to become either too rigid or too mobile, resulting in sacroiliac joint dysfunction. When this happens, you may experience not only lower back pain, but a pain in the groin or hip region, possibly coupled with a sciatic pain that radiates into your buttock.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is very difficult to identify for a couple of reasons. Firstly, its symptoms are very similar to a number of other conditions. Secondly, even if it is found that you have degeneration in your sacroiliac joint, it may not be the cause of your pain. It has been found that about 65% of adults have some sacroiliac joint degeneration, but far fewer experience any symptoms. For more help diagnosing the causes behind your back pain, consult our Edmonds chiropractic clinic.