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.