Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, also commonly called SI joint pain, is a condition that causes upper leg and lower back pain. Studies show that low back and/or upper leg pains due to conditions like disc diseases, overuse, age-related degeneration of joints and inflammation are very common, affecting millions of people every year. In fact, in people over 45, low back pain is now the leading cause of disability and the second leading cause of doctor’s visits in the United States.
Of all people with radiating back pain (the kind that runs down spinal nerves from the low back to the legs), between 15 percent to 30 percent experience symptoms due to sacroiliac dysfunctions. (1) Something unique about SI joint pain is that it commonly affects young and middle-aged women more than any other group. Onset of back and leg pain usually starts during someone’s 30s or 40s and can come and go for a the remainder of a person’s lifetime if he or she doesn’t take steps to resolve its underlying causes.
It’s often difficult for doctors to diagnose the exact cause of a patient’s back pain — for example, many people with sacroiliac joint problems are misdiagnosed with a herniated disc — because oftentimes the causes are multifactorial. However, in a high percentage of patients, disc degeneration and changes in the lower lumbar region of the back are contributing causes of low back/upper thigh pain, since this causes other joint compensations and postural problems.
If you’re suffering from low back/leg pain, here’s the good news: With treatment, up to 80 percent of all people with low back pain experience significant improvements in symptoms within about four to six weeks after diagnoses. What types of things can you do to help improve healing and treat discomfort caused by SI joint dysfunction? Natural remedies like stretching, resting, applying heat, prolotherapy and improving your posture can all offer relief.
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Author: Dr. Josh Axe