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What do I do if my hip or lower back feels like it has gone out by Lakeside Chiropractic Perth

What do I do if my hip or lower back feels like it has gone out? – by Lakeside Chiropractic - Perth
Many individuals may have experienced pain or discomfort and made to assume that your hip may have popped out of place or gone out.

This is probably a common way it is described but it is known as sacroiliac dysfunction and your hip has not popped out of place, rather the joint has either rotated backward or forwards or the joint has locked. Also known as sacroiliac (SI joint) syndrome, it is normally characterised by abnormal motion in the joint, either too much of too little movement. The pain usually begins when the SI joint becomes inflamed and this can occur due to many reasons such as; playing various sports, having a fall or activity with regular pounding motions such as jogging, sitting on a bad chair, anatomical short leg, lifting incorrectly or bad posture.

Symptoms of Sacroiliac joint dysfunction include:

  • Low back pain: Usually a dull ache on one side of your lower back that may extend into the thigh. Usually below the lowest lumbar vertebrae.
  • Buttock pain: Pain can range from an ache to a sharp stabbing pain that extends down usually one leg but possibly both legs.
  • Low back pain while climbing stairs: activities which require the pelvis to twist may produce SI joint pain.
  • Difficulty sitting or lying on one side: Often experienced as an ache on one side that causes you to shift weight to one side to relive the pain in the other. 
  • Trouble straightening up after sitting or worse after sitting
  • Trouble turning over in bed

If you experience any of these symptoms or simply feel that your hip feels out of place, come and visit of chiropractors at Lakeside Chiropractic in Perth who are experienced in the treatment methods of sacroiliac joint dysfunction or pain. Chiropractic treatment is usually considered the first course of treatment for SI joint pain as a variety of chiropractic methods can be applied to suit the individual and their diagnosis. The chiropractic treatment goal for sacroiliac joint pain is to utilise a method that is best tolerated and provides the best outcome for our patients. There are generally two main approaches for sacroiliac dysfunction:

  • Traditional chiropractic adjustment (Spinal manipulation).
  • Gentle/less forceful adjustment (Spinal mobilization).

​The traditional spinal manipulation of the sacroiliac joint is usually accomplished with the patient lying down on his or her side. With the chiropractor position and thrusting to release what is called a cavitation which is created by oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide escaping from the joint when it is pushed past its passive range of motion.

However some other patients may be more suited to a more gentle approach which involves a less forceful spinal manipulation which allows the SI joint to remain within its passive range of motion. These include:

  • Gravity Traction using adjusting blocks which involves placing padded blocks under the body while the chiropractor gently repositions the SI joint and other areas using gravity from the black instead of force. 
  • Respiratory-assisted adjusting, long axis leg traction techniques: While the chiropractor gently pulls a leg at a specific angle, the patient takes deep breathes to facilitate the adjustment. 
  • A “drop” approach using a special chiropractic table: Using this specialised table the chiropractor can raise specific sections up to be dropped at the same time of the thrust, to allow gravity to assist with the adjustment.
  • A specialized adjusting called the activator is a spring loaded instrument that is used during an adjustment to provide a low-force impulse directed at specific locations along the spine.

Other treatment methods include:

  • Muscles relaxation techniques 
  • Heat Therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Muscle Strengthening techniques
  • Sacroiliac belt- can help support the joint
  • Shoe insert
  • Ice pack and rest
  • Laser Therapy to decrease inflammation
  • Weight loss management and diet

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction can sometimes bring about major pain and discomfort. So if you are experiencing any joint pain and discomfort in your hip area please come in and see us at Lakeside Chiropractic or call us on 9300 0095 to make an appointment. You can also book online at

Lakeside Chiropractic in Joondalup has experience chiropractors that not only treat spinal conditions. We accept all major health insurances and also provide HICAPS with these Private Health care providers BUPA, HBF, Medibank, NIB, GMF, SGIO, SGIC, ADFFH. If yours isn’t listed please ask.

We service the surrounding suburbs of Tapping, Edgewater, Joondalup, Wanneroo, Connolly, Heathridge, Iluka, Currambine, Yanchep, Carramar, Gnangara, Mullaloo, Padbury, Kingsley, Woodvale, Banksia Grove and Duncraig. Please come and see our friendly and experienced chiropractors in Joondalup to help with your symptoms.


April 27, 2016