Many studies have been done that show how good acupuncture is for low back pain. But there are many different reasons for low back pain, and often people don’t know the SI joint can be the cause of their problems.
If only the back is treated, and pain doesn’t subside, perhaps the sacro-iliac joint needs to be addressed. Fortunately there is physical exam that can tell us if it’s a problem, and I always like to check it when a patient presents with low back pain. When the root of a problem is the SI joint, the ligaments in this joint are loose, and instability causes pain.
Acupuncture tightens these ligaments using a method called “prolo-acupuncture“. Many of my patients once again do the activities they love after 6-8 treatments, pain-free. Sometimes even, as in the case I write about below.
Is the SI Joint Causing Low Back Pain?
First, what is an SI joint? It is your sacroiliac joint. It’s visualized by those two little dimples on your low back, just above the buttock. That joint is between the sacrum and ilium, and is held together with very strong ligaments. These act as support right in the center of your body.
It’s not always easy to determine if your sacroiliac joint is the problem, and sometimes it goes undiagnosed.