Sacroiliac Joint Pain – facts and figures

Sacroiliac Joint Pain is a pain in the sacroiliac joint, also called the SI joint, can sometimes cause lower back and/or leg pain.

      • Low back pain is present in 56% of amateur and 24% of professional golf players.
      • Over 6 million golfers over 50 years old play over 60% of the rounds of golf in the US.
      • 46%  of low back pain is related to the golf swing.
      • 41% of golf injuries occur in the follow-through.
      • The golf swing produces both rational shear forces and compression forces of discs in the lumbar spine.
      • This compression can lead to mechanical compression of the lumbar/sacral nerves if the posterior chain musculature is not strong enough.
      • SIJ pain can be referred from nerve root impingement of the lumbar nerves because of disc compression.
      • The Sacroiliac Joint is in the pelvis at the base of the spine and is bound by some of the strongest ligaments in the body
      • There are only 2 degrees of rotation, 3mm of motion in the SI Joint in weight-bearing and this cannot be palpated accurately by human touch.
      • The SIJ does not pop in/out. No bones in the spine or pelvis can be manipulated back into place.
      • Hip mobility plays just as important a part as the back in the golf swing.
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