Altered Walking Patterns Can Result In SI Joint Pain
Any condition that changes the way a person normally walks can increase stress on the SI joints, because these joints attach triangular bone at the base of the spine, or sacrum, to the iliac bones of the pelvis. Because these bodily structures were designed to work together in a certain way, any type of repetitive, abnormal wear on them can result in damage.
Common causes of altered walking patterns that may result in SI joint dysfunction can include:
- Leg length discrepancy – Certain congenital muscle length imbalances can predispose a person to SI joint Dysfunction, though this symptom can take many years to develop.
- Injury to the hip, knee, ankle or foot – Any type of injury to these areas can result in an altered walking pattern as the patient attempts to accommodate the pain and reduce it by “working around it.”
Altered walking patterns can be caused in a variety of ways, and may not always lead to SI joint dysfunction. But if you believe you have SI joint pain caused in part by an altered walking pattern, finding a physician who can help diagnose and effectively treat the condition is one of the most important things you can do to take control of their healing from SI joint pain. Find a Doctor here.