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If you are like most people, chronic lower back pain has just become a way of life. Most doctors will treat the symptoms but do they ever discover the true cause? Low back pain can be just one of the many symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome or Sacroiliatiis. When the Sacroiliac Joint becomes inflamed or degenerated from an old fall, slip or minor trauma, it is called S/I Joint Syndrome or Sacroiliatiis. The S/I Joint can also be susceptible to over-use, especially among women who have given birth. During the birthing process, this joint is exposed to high levels of stress, increasing the S/I Joint areas susceptibility to arthritic changes. When this happens, the joint surface is no longer smooth, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues and nerves. Weak ligaments in the area may also allow the S/I joint to “shift” improperly causing undo stress. Other symptoms of S/I Syndrome can include, unexplained groin pain, hip and leg pain, and Sciatic type nerve problems.

Once determined that your back pain is due to S/I Joint Syndrome, there are many available treatment options that can restore the full normal function of this condition. The process will often   begin with the proper Chiropractic adjustment. In addition to your adjustment, Thai Massage Therapy a series of assisted yoga stretches done on the massage table, might also be included. This therapy is designed to take the pressure off of the low back, and reduce lower back pain. Thai Massage Therapy incorporates massage and stretching for optimal results. Another option, Spinal Decompression, is a specialized computerized table that has an 86% success rate in eliminating low back and nerve pain in a non-surgical manner. This is designed for people with disc herniation’s, disc bulges, spinal stenosis and pinched nerves. Your doctor may also suggest supplements to address inflammation, ligament damage and pain relief. Please remember that if supplements are to be included in your treatment plan, they should only be taken under the direct supervision of your doctor. In addition to supplements, your dietary structure might need to include essential fatty acids, Omega 3’s (fish), turmeric, ginger, flavonoids (antioxidants) such as blueberries, strawberries, and spinach as well as Vitamins C and E.  For optimum results, your Chiropractic Healthcare should be continued on a regular basis.

At Lake Pointe Chiropractic and Wellness Center, our goal is to not only provide pain relief, but to also eliminate the cause by correcting maligned structures, improve the health of the joint and reduce the ligament laxity or weakness. For more information about S/I Joint Syndrome or treating lower back pain, please contact us at 770.974.5215 or 678.580.2485.