Hip and Sacroiliac Joint Problems

Hip and Sacroiliac Joints

hipThe human hip assembly is one of the most important and complex set of joints in the body. Ball and socket joints connect the tops of the leg bones to the pelvis. The sacrum and ilium come together at the sacroiliac joint. The pubic bones meet in the front at the symphisis pubis. This many bones and joints converging in one area provide many possibilities for problems.


An imbalance can result when one leg is shorter than the other. This affects the spine, knees and ankles. Lower back pain can result from misalignment of joints or subluxation.

What is Subluxation?

According to the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), “Chiropractic is concerned with the preservation and restoration of health, and focuses particular attention on the subluxation. A subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health. A subluxation is evaluated, diagnosed, and managed through the use of chiropractic procedures based on the best available rational and empirical evidence.”

Typical Treatments

Doctors often prescribe painkillers or muscle relaxants for hip or lower back pain, and may recommend spinal surgery.

Chiropractic Fine-tunes Alignment

Chiropractic adjustments can alleviate the pain by realigning the area so that nerves are no longer pinched and joints can function properly. Restoring proper mobility to restricted joints aids in the flow of necessary joint fluids.

Women who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant would be well-advised to have a chiropractic evaluation including attention to the hip area, where so much stress will be experienced during pregnancy and childbirth. Chiropractic treatment can make sure that the spinal alignment and integrity is maintained for the optimal health of mother and baby during pregnancy, delivery and after.

Babies and young children should be checked for sacroiliac issues, which can be corrected before they develop into adult problems.

If you would like to make sure your hips and spine are correctly aligned, call Dr. Van Amberg for an evaluation appointment.