Everything you need to know about sacroiliac, hip and sciatic pain.
Hip pain often presents with referred pain to the groin or knee and can be due to a variety of causes such as:
- Restricted movement of the hip joints or pelvis
- Muscle strain of the muscles in the pelvic and hip area
- Irritation of the bursa (fat pad) on the side of the hip, which is commonly referred to as bursitis
- When left untreated, sacroiliac joint and hip problems can cause issues in the lower limbs due to compensation. Many people with these problems will also develop knee and foot issues.
Sciatic pain can be debilitating and truly compromise your quality of life. Sciatica is the word used to describe the symptoms of pain, numbness or weakness that radiate along the path of the sciatic nerve. Such symptoms tend to be felt in the buttock, down the back of the leg and into the foot. While the pain pattern associated with sciatica is usually felt in the legs, the origin of the problem can be traced to an irritated nerve in the lower back. Through specialized testing, a chiropractor can accurately diagnose and subsequently treat the cause of the sciatica.
Sciatica is brought on by irritation of the roots of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine. More specifically, it can present in the following ways:
Lumbar spinal stenosis (when the spinal canal narrows in the lower back)
Degenerative disc disease (the breakdown of discs – the cushions between vertebrae)
Spondylolisthesis (a condition where one vertebra slips forward over another one)
It can also be brought on by pregnancy or muscle spasm in the back or buttocks. And the condition can worsen if you’re overweight, sedentary, wear high heels, or sleep on a mattress that is too soft or hard.