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This One Joint Can Cause Back Pain in WomenóBut PT Can Help!

Here at Core PT, we specialize in getting to the core of your pain. One of our areas of expertise is women’s health. We’ve developed a physical therapy program that focuses on the issues that are unique to females.

Today, we’re going to talk about one joint in the body that can cause women to have issues with lower back pain, and how physical therapy can fix it: the Sacroilial (SI) joint.

Where this joint is located:

The SI is the joint between the sacrum and ilium bones of the pelvis. The sacrum is the large triangular bone of the spine, while the ilium is uppermost part of the hip bone. Your SI joint connects these two by strong ligaments.

What the SI joint does:

It works as a shock absorber and helps stabilize your core. Even when you are walking, your SI joint is busy at work.

When it hurts:

If your lower back hurts, there’s the possibility it’s caused by issues with the SI joint. Scoliosis and leg length discrepancies can also cause such pain. Women will sometimes feel it when they are pregnant or if they have problems with their pelvic anatomy. While the latter can happen in men, it’s more common in women.

You will often feel it when:

Standing up from a seated position, going up or down the stairs, rolling in bed or rotating your trunk.

How physical therapy can help:

Learning how to do proper stretches and mobilization techniques can address the pain at its core. Knowing how to use the proper body mechanics during certain activities can also help. We offer other services to address SI joint pain, including myofascial release and massage.


The experts at Core PT can help you find the treatment that best addresses your pain. If you’ve been experiencing any of the above symptoms, give us a call and set up an appointment. In the state of Iowa, most private insurers don’t require that you have your doctor’s permission before seeking out physical therapy. This means you will be able to make an appointment with us directly and address your pain sooner!


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