Is your Sacroiliac Joint Causing Your Back Pain? A Back Doctor Can Help

Is your Sacroiliac Joint Causing Your Back Pain? A Back Doctor Can Help

If you’re suffering from lower back pain, you might have a problem with your sacroiliac joint, or your SI joint. Your sacroiliac joint is located in your pelvis. It links the iliac bones, or the pelvis, to the sacrum, which is the lowest part of the spine above the tailbone.  This condition is painful and a back doctor may be able to help you.

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Causes of Sacroiliac Joint Pain

As with other bones and joints in the body, your pelvis bones and your SI joint can become damaged both through injury as well as normal wear and tear. Injury could cause the joint to get disrupted or misaligned, and the supporting ligaments may be damaged. Among the causes of SI joint pain are trauma in your past, or degenerative disease. Other causes of SI are unknown.

Symptoms of SI Pain

Symptoms come in either acute or chronic form. If your symptoms are immediately obvious you have acute symptoms. On the other hand, if your symptoms begin to come over time, you’ve got chronic symptoms. You may feel problems or pain in your upper legs, buttocks, or higher on the spine. These symptoms are most obvious when you’re sitting, lifting, walking, or running. You might feel your symptoms between your lower leg and your lower spine or anywhere in between. Many back doctors miss the SI joint when diagnosing your back pain. Make sure yours is checking your SI joint.

People Most at Risk for SI Joint Problems

  • Anyone can have problems with their sacroiliac joint, but some groups of people are more at risk:
  • People who’ve had significant injuries that caused a disruption of the SI joint
  • People whose pelvis motion is asymmetric. Asymmetric motion might happen if your legs are significantly different length, or if one leg is weaker than the other. Worn out or inappropriate footwear can alter your steps and cause stress repetitively on your sacroiliac joint
  • Women who have been through pregnancy. In addition, women are generally at an increased risk for problems in their sacroiliac joint due to their broader pelvises. The broader pelvises coupled with a greater curve in the lumbar spine combines to increase risks of sacroiliac problems.

How to diagnose Sacroiliac Joint Problems

Sacroiliac Joint issues are difficult to diagnose because they share many symptoms with other disorders your back doctor is going to look for. Keep these tips in mind:

  • SI joint problems often feel like spinal disc pain. Be sure your back doctor checks your SI joint if you feel spinal disc pain.
  • SI Joint problems frequently happen along with other spinal problems like degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, sciatica, or herniated discs. If you’ve been injured and you’ve been diagnosed with any of these problems, have your back doctor check the SI joint as well.
  • Suffering pain after your lumar spine surgery you may have a sacroiliac joint problem instead of or in addition to your lumbar problem.
  • If you’ve had lumbar surgery in the past, there’s an increased risk that you’ll have SI joint problems, even if you don’t feel the symptoms now.

Because these challenges in diagnosing your pain exist, it is important for you to bring up concerns about SI joint problems with your back doctor. Your doctor will use a variety of tests to examine your back and pelvis to determine whether SI Joint problems cause your back pain. They may use X-rays, CT-scans, or MRIs to diagnose your SI Joint disorder.

If you or someone you love shows symptoms of SI joint pain, the team at Relax Holistic will offer you a free consultation and chiropractic analysis. You can contact them at their West Hollywood office, their Marina del Rey office, or their Culver City office.

Can a Chiropractic Adjustment Help a Herniated, Slipped or Ruptured Disc? You Bet!

Can a Chiropractic Adjustment Help a Herniated, Slipped or Ruptured Disc? You Bet!

When your back is injured, you’re likely to hear the terms herniated disc, slipped disc, and ruptured disc used interchangeably. There’s a good reason for that. They all refer to the same thing. A herniated lumbar disc is a common reason for patients to visit our holistic health clinic for a chiropractic adjustment.  A lumbar disc injury is very painful. That’s because a herniated disc pinches nerves and affects the spinal cord.

People between the ages of 30-50 years old are the most likely to suffer disc injuries. More than twice as many men as women suffer from the problem. There is no evidence that pharmaceutical drugs can help with a herniated disc. Traditional medical treatments that prescribe painkillers for severe back pain simply mask the symptoms. They don’t address the underlying problem. Chiropractic adjustment is much more effective at relieving local or radiating pain for people with acute back pain.

A chiropractic adjustment of the hip, sacrum, and axial traction is also the best way to treat patients with sciatica caused by disc herniation. Different chiropractic clinics many use different techniques to help the problem, but they’re all effective. The self-reported improvement from chiropractic care is similar to the two standard surgical techniques for herniated discs, discectomy and microdiscectomy.

What Causes a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc is usually a degenerative condition brought on by wear and tear and normal aging. Over time, your discs lose moisture content and become less flexible. They can become dried up and brittle. If you perform repetitive motions at work, you can suffer a slipped disc from simple overuse. If you use improper bending, lifting or twisting motions while picking up or putting down large parcels, you’re also a candidate for a ruptured disc.

Being overweight is also a risk factor, as your stomach muscles are an important part of keeping your spine in alignment. Too much sitting, or craning your neck while working on a computer at work, are also common reasons to seek out a chiropractor for back problems. Even genetics plays a part.

Common Herniated Disc Symptoms

In addition to back pain, a herniated disc in your lower back can cause pain in your buttocks, hips, thighs and calves. You may feel pain on one side or both sides.  If the problem is in your cervical vertebrae, you’re more likely to feel pain in your shoulders and arms and even in the calves. Herniated discs also cause numbness, tingling and general weakness. Typically, you’ll experience symptoms in whatever muscles and body parts served by the affected nerves.

When To Seek a Chiropractic Adjustment

If a conventional doctor diagnoses you with a herniated disc, you should make an appointment at one of our three convenient Relax Holistic locations in the Los Angeles area. It’s important to consult with one of our chiropractors or acupuncturists as soon as possible to ensure the best possible outcome. Many of our patients show up at our office with symptoms, but no diagnosis.

A Relax Holistic chiropractor or acupuncturist can assess your undiagnosed back pain and formulate an effective treatment plan. Because a herniated disc is usually found in the lumbar region or cervical region, and includes tingling and numbness along with the pain, you’ll be able to give your practitioner a head start if you pay attention to your symptoms and communicate them clearly.

Remember, at Relax Holistic, our team is here to help. We’re happy to answer all your questions about back pain relief, or any of our holistic health services.  Contact us today!

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic Adjustments


Back and joint pain can be  immediately  improved with an adjustment. The doctor will examine your condition using various techniques as well as analyse the spine for subluxations.

A subluxation is a misaligned vertebra that pinches a nerve. A chiropractor is the only doctor trained to analyse and correct vertebral subluxations.

It is possible an X-ray referral will be necessary.  Depending on the condition, the doctor may recommend physiotherapy, specific lifestyle advice concerning  nutrition, diet and exercise, acupuncture, soft tissue muscle work, rapid release therapy, ultrasound, muscle stim, myofascial release, moist heat, infrared heat, traction, stretching.

Regular chiropractic adjustments relieve pinched nerves, reduces pain immediately and  improve joint range of motion and overall circulation.

  Chiropractic care is for

  • Back and Neck pain – relief and prevention
  • Neuropathy, tingling in extremities
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Headaches/Migraines- relief and prevention
  • Improved range of motion and Peak performance
  • Menstrual symptom relief
  • Arthritis
  • Knee and foot pain
  • Shoulder, elbow and carpal tunnel pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Disc pain

Chiropractic Traction

Long axis disc traction and drop tables are used for spinal decompression, scoliosis, stenosis, disc involvement and breaking muscle spasms.

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  • Applied kinesiology
  • Spinal decompression
  • Diversified
  • SOT
  • Activator
  • Thompson
  • Low Force
  • Soft tissue work