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4 Ways to Treat SI Joint Dysfunction

If you are looking for a “SI” of relief for your sacroiliac joint pain, Impact Medical Group of Port Richey has some tips that may help. Because the SI joint lies close to the bottom of your spine, it can cause discomfort in the lumbar, tailbone, and sacrum areas. The cause of this uncomfortable pain is usually unknown but is thought to be triggered by an alternation in the normal joint motion. Here are four ways we recommend treating SI joint dysfunction.

1. Chiropractic care

Any type of dysfunction in the sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, can cause pain in the lower back and leg area. Working with a qualified chiropractor that can perform manual manipulation is a critical first step to recovery. If the SI joint is “stuck,” methods like the drop technique and side-posture manipulation can help restore mobility.

2. Holy trinity

Nothing beats the power of the original three! After the initial discomfort, applying ice to the area in timed intervals can reduce the inflammation and any further irritation in the area. Once the inflammation has subsided, a gradual return to daily activities paired with heat to assist with the healing process is recommended. 

3. Extra support

If your SI joint feels too loose, or “hypermobile,” a brace can help stabilize the area. Wearing a belt-like orthotic around the waist reduces the pain and inflammation in the joint area.

4. Physical therapy

After completing your evaluation, physical therapy may be recommended as part of the treatment plan. Controlled physical therapy can be helpful in restoring balance and strengthening muscles around the SI joint. Adding these exercises consistently also helps extend your range of motion.

If you are experiencing excruciating SI joint pain, we can help. The first step is to seek care from the specialists at Impact Medical of Port Richey. Call us at (727) 848-3377 to make an appointment today!