The sacroiliac joint is the location in the body where the pelvis and the spine connect.
The term “sacroiliac” refers to the sacrum (the lower part of the spine) and the hip bone (commonly referred to as the ilium, which is technically the top part of the hip bone).
The joint is held together by ligaments and reinforced by muscle.
An injury to the SI joint typically involves an injury to the ligaments, which can cause the joint to move abnormally.
Muscles also play a key role in the function of the SI joint, so an important part of recovery for an SI joint injury involves strengthening these muscles to make sure they’re working optimally.
The exact shape of the SI joint can vary pretty widely from one individual to another, and there are also pretty significant differences in joint structure that depend on factors such as gender and age.
Because of this, what works for one person may not work for another. I have found that the SI joint is like a puzzle, and you must approach it intellectually in order to figure it out.
Here’s my very first video, showing you the location of the SI joint. I’m still figuring out the whole Youtube thing so the quality might be somewhat lacking, but I hope you enjoy my first attempt!
And here are some posts I wrote to give you an introduction to the SI joint:
- Main functions of the SI joint
- Ligaments of the SI joint
- Where is the SI joint? Useful illustrations
- SI Joint Concepts: Hypo- and Hypermobility
- SI Joint Concepts: Useful terminology
- The SI joint acts like a shock absorber
- Finally, my own visual aides! (Some basic views of the SI joint).
- Major structures of the pelvis
- The SI joint is like a puzzle
I hope this info helps to get you started as an introduction!
If you have any questions, or would like to get my personal thoughts on your situation, please feel free to book a coaching session with me! I can help to clarify your goals and help you figure out what your next steps should be.
Photo Credits: Both of the illustrations above courtesy of Wikipedia.