Sacroiliac Pain (SI) and Chiropractic

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The SI joints are between your sacrum (tail bone) and the big hip bones to either side of your tail bone. That’s your sacroiliac joint (SI joint).

SI imbalance or dysfunction has shown to be a cause of sciatica which can affect the back and the side of a leg all the way down to your foot in some cases.

This new research compared three treatments
Physical therapy
Chiropractic adjustments
Intra-articular injections of corticosteroids

There were 51 patients with SI-associated leg pain.

They studied each option after 6 weeks and then again after 12 weeks and categorized them into success or failure groups and based the categorization on relief or worsening of the symptoms and on the pain scores that they collected.

Manual therapy is the best option for treating SI-associated leg pain. 

The chiropractic group showed a 72% success rate when compared to 20% in the physiotherapy group and 50% in the injection group. 

They also showed that physical therapy and injections provided little to no pain relief. Chiropractic was just opposite of that, providing significant relief on pain scores.

They had to conclude that chiropractic was the recommended first treatment for SI-associated leg pain and are going about confirming this with an even larger sampling.

Till next time,

The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.

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Visser L, Woudenberg N, et al. Treatment of the sacroiliac joint in patients with leg pain: a randomized-controlled trial. European Spine Journal 2013 [online]. doi: 10.1007/s00586-013-2833-2.