Pelvis & SIJ
The pelvis and its associated structures (joints, bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles) play an important role in a wide range of lumbo-pelvic-hip problems but which also extend further into other parts of the spine.
From a biomechanical and anatomical point of view it is amazing how the pelvis has been overlooked for so many years in the attempt to understand the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system.
The pelvis acts as the stable bony platform connecting the flexible spine to the lower limbs.
The joints of the pelvis i.e. the pubic symphysis and the sacro-iliac joints (SIJ) must be able to absorb and transmit forces efficiently for optimal function of the spine and the lower limbs. Pelvic stability involves the integrated function of not only the joints and ligaments but of the many muscles which have either a direct or indirect effect on the pelvis
Pelvic stability is essential if forces are to be distributed across these different parts of the body and result in normal movement and function.
Understanding musculoskeletal problems requires knowledge of how these loads are transferred through the body and how deficiencies in one part can influence the function of the entire system. An understanding of the pelvic biomechanics results in treatments aimed at restoring normal joint function with control of movement rather than focusing on single structure treatments.