Joint dysfunction refers to abnormal function or movement of a joint in a particular area of the body. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction refers to a condition that causes pain in the SI joint, a small joint that lies at the junction of the spine and the pelvis. SI dysfunction is caused by osteoarthritis, pregnancy, and injury. One of the more common causes of low back pain is Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction. Pain can also occur in your hips, buttocks, thighs, or groin. SI dysfunction can make it difficult to perform daily activities like walking, sitting, carrying, lifting and even sleeping.
Chiropractic Care for Joint Dysfunction
Chiropractic is an effective treatment option for patients with joint dysfunction. Chiropractic is a treatment of the problems affecting the nerves, muscles, bones and joints of your body without the use of medications or surgical treatment. Your chiropractor, a health care provider who provides chiropractic care will perform a physical examination and take a brief medical history to diagnose your condition. Other additional test such as X-ray may be required to confirm the diagnosis and provide necessary treatment.
The aim of the Chiropractic treatment is to normalize function and improve strength. Your chiropractor offers gentle chiropractic treatment to realign these joints and relieve pain. To treat SI joint dysfunction, your chiropractor may adopt various manipulations.
Spinal manipulation is a non-surgical "hands-on" technique in which professional chiropractic specialists use leverage and exercises to adjust spinal structures and restore mobility of the back. During pain, the nerve that is interconnected with the muscles, joints, bone becomes weak and loses its ability to function. With this therapy, the nerve will be made to work normally and the blood circulation in these areas also increases.
Osteopathic manipulation is recommended for treatment of back pain, headaches, and shoulder pain manually. There are two types of osteopathy manipulation – direct- and indirect- osteopathic manipulation. In direct method, the problematic or tight tissue is moved towards the areas of tightness. In indirect procedure the doctor pushes the tight tissues away, in opposite direction of the muscle resistance. The doctor will hold the tissue until the muscle relaxes tightly.
Osteopathic manipulation works on treating the patients manually by adjustments like rotating, moving, or bending arms, legs, neck, and other joints. It is one of the conventional methods and is used to treat various musculoskeletal conditions including back pain, knee pain, ankle injuries, asthma, neck pain, and menstrual pain. This helps in the restoring the flexibility of joints.