Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

The sacroiliac joint is located in the lower part of the back and joins the tail bone (sacrum) to one of the pelvic bones (ilium). There are two sacroiliac joints – one on either side of the spine. The sacroiliac joints act to transfer weight from the spine to the pelvis and allow a small amount of movement to occur.

A painful sacroiliac joint is one of the more common causes of mechanical low back pain. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction may occur from excessive forces being applied to the sacroiliac joint. This can be from bending, sitting, lifting, arching or twisting movements of the spine or from weight bearing forces associated with running or jumping. Injury to the sacroiliac joint may occur from a trauma/accident or due to repetitive or prolonged forces over time.

How Can a Chiropractor Help with Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Our Chiropractors are experienced at identifying and correcting problems in the joints of the spine and pelvis. When there is an injury or repetitive strain to the joint – it can become misaligned, and ‘stuck’ out of place. This can also cause interference in the proper function of the nervous system due to inflammation and irritation to the nerves in the area.

Chiropractic care aims to address the underlying cause of the problem rather than simply trying to mask the symptoms.


Treatment may comprise of:

  • Manipulation & Mobilisation | Biomechanical correction | Exercise focusing on strengthening the core stabilisation muscles

  • Soft tissue (muscle/ligament) release | Correction of any leg length discrepancy | Activity modification advice

  • Ergonomic advice | A gradual return to activity program

The recovery time for sacroiliac joint dysfunction may vary from patient to patient depending on compliance with Chiropractic Care. It is important to note, however, that injured tissue takes approximately 6 weeks to restore the majority of its strength in ideal healing conditions. Care must therefore be taken when returning to activity during this period.

Our chiropractors take the time to discover the cause of the problem and will discuss with you the most appropriate plan for treatment to restore proper function. As always, our goal is to get you back to doing the things you love.

Kate Granger