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What is the sacroliac joint and how can problems with it lead to back pain?

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This joint sits at the bottom of the spine, on either side of the pelvis. It transfers the weight of your upper body to your lower body. This can start to bother you after you’ve been injured, if you have an infection, if you have arthritis, or if you’re pregnant. Abnormal movement, such as too much movement of the joint, can also cause long-term pain.

From: Why Does My Lower Back Hurt? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control: “Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans 2014.”

Lancet , August 2015.

Chien, JJ. Dec. 2008. Curr Pain Headache Rep.

UpToDate: “Low Back Pain in Adults: Beyond the Basics.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Degenerative Disc Disease;” “Understanding Arthritis;” and “What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?”

UCLA Spine Center: “Sacroiliac Joint Disease” and “What You should know about radiculopathy.”

American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis;” “Sciatica;” and “Spinal/vertebral fractures.” 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Back Spasm.”

Society for Vascular Surgery (Vascularweb.org): “Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Muskuloskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control: “Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans 2014.”

Lancet , August 2015.

Chien, JJ. Dec. 2008. Curr Pain Headache Rep.

UpToDate: “Low Back Pain in Adults: Beyond the Basics.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Degenerative Disc Disease;” “Understanding Arthritis;” and “What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?”

UCLA Spine Center: “Sacroiliac Joint Disease” and “What You should know about radiculopathy.”

American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis;” “Sciatica;” and “Spinal/vertebral fractures.” 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Back Spasm.”

Society for Vascular Surgery (Vascularweb.org): “Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Muskuloskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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