If you suffer from lower back pain, the cause might be sciatica – or it might be related to dysfunction in your sacroiliac (SI).
The pain is often similar to sciatica or that caused by a lumbar disc herniation.
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is pinched or compressed, causing irritation and inflammation. SI joint pain is the direct cause of irritation to the sacroiliac joints that connect the lower spine to the hips.
A study published in the European Spine Journal in 2013 assessed a group of patients back and leg pain related to the sacroiliac joint.
Fifty-one patients were treated with physiotherapy (15 patients), manual therapy (18 patients) or injection (18 patients). Physiotherapy was successful in 3 patients (20 percent), manual therapy in 13 patients (72 percent), and injection in 50 percent of patients (nine patients). Although the number of patients was small, the results seem to indicate that manual therapy is a legitimate treatment choice for patients with SIJ-related leg pain.
In another study focused on sciatica, and reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in 2010, 40 patients were randomly assigned to surgery or chiropractic spinal manipulation. The result: “Sixty percent of patients with sciatica who had failed other medical management benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention.”
What’s the relationship between back pain and chiropractic? When the nervous system is operating efficiently, nerve energy from the brain travels down the spinal cord and out to every organ and limb in our body.
But the compression and irritation caused by sciatica or sacroiliac joint dysfunction interrupts the flow of messages from the brain to the rest of the body, so your body doesn’t operate at peak efficiency.
At Milpitas Spine Center in Milpitas, California, Drs. Dhanish Patel and Scott Riley and their dedicated team of chiropractors and therapists can reduce or eliminate nerve interference.
They will pinpoint the source of your pain, and devise a custom treatment plan to target the source of that discomfort naturally and systematically.
If you live in the Milpitas, Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara, or Sunnyvale area and are suffering from lower back pain, contact the Milpitas Spine Center for a complimentary consultation to see if we can help.