Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a common cause of low back and leg pain. Pain and dysfunction can be caused by too little or too much movement in the sacroiliac joint. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction will often present with pain in the buttock – either one on side or both – that pain can also radiate lower down the leg. A chiropractor can diagnose and treat sacroiliac joint dysfunction to restore proper movement to the low back.
Hip pain often presents with referred pain into the groin or leg knee and can be due to variety of causes:
- 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 or foot issues.
Sciatic pain can be debilitating. 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.