Treating disorders of the lumbosacral joint through chiropractic care

The sacrum is the large bone at the lower end of your spine. Shaped like a triangle and formed from five fused segments, the sacrum is responsible for connecting your spine to your pelvis and the lower half of your body. The sacrum is connected to your hipbones at the sacroiliac joint and your lumbar spine through the lumbosacral joint.

The lumbosacral joint (between the L5 and S1 vertebrae) is responsible for a lot of the body’s mobility and is vulnerable to injury during activity. Aging can also cause painful conditions to develop in the lumbosacral joint. Common disorders of the lumbosacral joint include disc herniation, spondylolisthesis and osteoarthritis.

Chiropractic care is a form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) that is popularly used to treat back pain, including any disorders of the lumbosacral joint. To learn about the history of this treatment as well as how it can be used to treat any disorder of the lumbosacral joint, read the following article.

Chiropractic history and theory

Chiropractic was invented in the 1890s by an alternative medical practitioner named D.D. Palmer and was expanded in the early 1900s by D.D.’s son, B.J. Palmer. The original philosophy of chiropractic taught that the body has an innate intelligence and that spinal disorders interfered with general health by disturbing that intelligence through the central nervous system.

The founders of chiropractic care developed manual spinal manipulation techniques, also known as spinal adjustments, to try to bring back the alignment of vertebrae and the surrounding joints. Therefore, this would help with restoring the body’s natural intelligence and resolving health issues of all kinds.

While some chiropractors still practice according to this theory, most modern chiropractic practitioners combine the practices of chiropractic adjustments with other forms of alternative medicine and a more mainstream medical philosophy. Most medical professionals recommend the use of chiropractic to expand, not replace, traditional medical care.

Chiropractic diagnosis and treatment techniques

Chiropractic techniques can vary widely between patients due to the uniqueness of each patient’s body and condition. However, the process will likely follow a set pattern consisting of:

  • An initial consultation. During this meeting, the chiropractor will collect a full medical history and perform an examination. When looking for problems with the lumbosacral joint, the chiropractor may have the patient attempt straight leg raises to try to determine if the sacrum is restricted or tender.
  • Testing. The chiropractor will form a hypothesis based on the patient’s history and the findings from the examination. He or she may then order tests such as X-rays, MRIs and CT scans to test this hypothesis and determine a diagnosis.
  • A diagnosis and treatment plan. Once the tests have either supported or disproved the chiropractor’s initial findings, he or she will make a diagnosis and treatment plan designed to relieve the patient’s symptoms.
  • Treatment. A treatment regimen for a disorder of the lumbosacral joint usually takes place over many sessions and may include manual adjustments, hot and cold therapy, traction, ultrasound and physical therapy. Due to the holistic approach most chiropractors use, there may be elements of lifestyle coaching involved as well.

Remember that chiropractic treatment cannot fix degenerative disc disease, arthritis of the spine or other spinal conditions. The best outcome you can expect from chiropractic treatment is temporary pain relief. Also, keep in mind that chiropractic care is not appropriate for everyone. Be sure to check with your physician before beginning chiropractic care or any other alternative therapy.

When surgical intervention becomes necessary

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Since 2005, our procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back conditions, such as a disorder of the lumbosacral joint. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our muscle-sparing procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.* We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.