Can Scoliosis Cause SI Joint/Tailbone Pain
SI joint dysfunction (Sacroiliac) results in inflammation and can be debilitating. Scoliosis can be a trigger.
Scoliosis can trigger SI joint dysfunction because the weight of the body is shifted to one side, stressing the pelvic joints.
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine (backbone). It is generally found in younger children and teens. The cause seems to be unknown, however, because it seems to run in families, it could be hereditary. It shows up in the shoulders when one appears more prominent than the other, and the waist is uneven or one hip higher than the other.
When treating scoliosis other conditions can arise from the curve in the spine. One is SI Joint Pain/low back pain, which can come from the joint itself or the lumbar spine.
There are two major ligaments holding each SI together – the iliolumbar and sacroiliac ligaments. The iliolumbar ligament stretches from the top of the right and left iliac crest to its adjacent fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae. The sacroiliac ligament stretches from the sacrum to its adjacent right and left iliac bones. It is the sacroiliac ligaments that become lax and allow the ability to move joints beyond the normal range of movement. The spinal curvature of scoliosis creates long term stresses on the SI joints and often cause low back and tailbone pain in the adults with scoliosis.
Severe SI (sacroiliac joint) dysfunction can cause muscle deconditioning and atrophy throughout the body due to limitations of activities and exercise that cause low-back pain and pelvic dysfunction.
It is important to assess the signs of pelvic dysfunction in scoliosis sufferers in order to ensure that any treatment administered for the spinal condition is also considering the possible impact on the sacroiliac joint (SI) pain.
The Secret to Eliminating SI Joint/Low Back Pain
SI Joint Pain/Tailbone Pain
Appropriate manual therapy techniques can be applied in order to restore optimal alignment and movement in this area. It is recommended that a doctor or physical therapist familiar with the patient’s specific needs is consulted before starting a new exercise program.
A consultation ensures that a new exercise will not cause more pain. It is common to pair rehabilitative exercise with other therapies and pain management methods for optimal pain relief.
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