Healthcare consumers nowadays are becoming much more savvy when it comes to spending their healthcare dollars. Many of my discharged patients over the years would pose the following question: When should I call you if anything happens in the future? My general answer to that question is “whenever you experience discomfort that doesn’t quite seem right.” Now I’m not talking about general muscle soreness after a workout, or after performing an activity you haven’t done in a while. I’m talking about things like going on a 10 mile bike ride but feeling like you rode for 100 miles, or going for a 3 mile jog but feeling like you just ran a marathon.
In my last two blog posts, I’ve covered the 2 most common causes of back pain and sciatica: 1) HERNIATED DISC; and 2) ARTHRITIS, DISC DEGENERATION, AND STENOSIS. Now let’s move on to the 3rd most common cause, which can be a really tricky one.
3) SI JOINT/PELVIS
The Sacroiliac Joint, or SI Joint for short, is the joint between the sacrum (the base of your spine, where your tailbone is) and the pelvis. Your sacrum is the base, or foundation, of your spine. When looking at the pelvis, approximately 70% of the time the right half of the pelvis will rotate forward, and that can create problems all the way up the back. It generally affects 10% to 25% of individuals who complain of low back pain, and can occur in anybody–all age ranges–which can affect us throughout our entire life. Symptoms can occur due to trauma, such as a fall, where one lands on one side of the body; due to muscle imbalances; due to certain types of arthritis; or very commonly during childbirth.
In my last blog post, I wrote about one of the most common causes of back pain and sciatica, that being a HERNIATED DISC. Now I’m going to move on to a second most common cause:
2) ARTHRITIS, DISC DEGENERATION, AND STENOSIS
Arthritis means “joint inflammation.” The 2 most common types of arthritis that we see in the clinic are 1) Rheumatoid Arthritis, which usually attacks multiple joints and is the less common of the two, and 2) Osteoarthritis, which usually attacks 1 joint at a time.
If you are looking to heal naturally, i.e., without medications, painful spinal injections, or surgery, and you’re looking to get back to normal again–that is, get your life back and feel younger, stronger, and more energetic, and not have to think about the activities that you do before you do them, such as “I have to think about how I’m going to get out of the car,” or “I have to think about how I’m going to get dressed in the morning”–if that is you, the first thing you would want to do on your journey to natural healing is to find out the cause. In this 3-part series, I will go over the 3 most common causes of Lower Back Pain and Sciatica that I see in my clinic.
It is estimated that 8 out of 10 adults will experience at least one bout of debilitating lower back pain at some point in their lives. Often, the exact cause of the pain is not clear–that is, non–specific. Symptoms can vary widely, from sharp, burning, or dull. It may occur in a single spot, or may be more spread out over a larger area. It may travel into 1 or both legs, sometimes going into the foot (feet). This pain is generally classified into 3 types: 1) Acute (pain lasting less than 3 months); 2) Chronic (pain lasting longer than 3 months); and 3) Recurrent (acute symptoms return). Generally, most individuals who experience an episode of acute lower back pain will have at least 1 recurrence.