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Understanding Sacrum Pain: How Physical Therapy Can Provide Relief

Are you experiencing discomfort in your lower back that seems to radiate to your pelvis or legs? It could be sacrum pain - a common issue that affects many individuals. Let's look at the causes of sacrum pain and the various physical therapy treatment options available to alleviate and manage this condition effectively.

The sacrum, a triangular bone located at the base of the spine between the two hip bones, can be a source of intense pain when irritated or inflamed. Sacrum pain can result from various factors, including:

  • Trauma: Accidents or falls can lead to sacral fractures or injuries.

  • Poor Posture: Prolonged sitting or standing with improper posture can strain the sacrum.

  • Muscle Imbalances: Weakness or tightness in surrounding muscles can impact the sacrum.

  • Pregnancy: The added weight and hormonal changes during pregnancy can strain the sacrum.

  • Arthritis: Conditions like osteoarthritis or ankylosing spondylitis can affect the sacrum.

Physical therapy is a non-invasive and effective approach to managing sacrum pain. Here are some common treatment options that a physical therapist may recommend:

  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques such as massage or spinal manipulation and mobilization can help improve sacral mobility and reduce pain.

  • Therapeutic Exercises: Strengthening exercises for the core, back, and pelvic muscles can provide support to the sacrum and improve stability.

  • Postural Correction: Physical therapists can assess and correct posture issues to alleviate stress on the sacrum and surrounding structures.

  • Heat and Cold Therapy: Alternating heat and cold applications can help alleviate pain and reduce swelling in the sacrum.

In addition to the physical therapy techniques mentioned above, it is essential to adopt a holistic approach to managing sacrum pain. This may include:

  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Excess weight can put added strain on the sacrum, so maintaining a healthy weight is crucial.

  • Regular Movement: Gentle exercises such as walking or swimming can help keep the muscles supporting the sacrum strong and flexible.

  • Ergonomic Modifications: Making ergonomic changes in your workspace or home environment can prevent posture-related sacrum pain.

Sacrum pain can significantly impact your quality of life, but with the right treatment approach, you can find relief and regain functionality. Physical therapy offers a comprehensive and personalized solution to address sacrum pain effectively. Remember to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plan if you are experiencing sacrum pain. Take the first step towards a pain-free life and prioritize your sacral health today!

By educating yourself about the causes of sacrum pain and the benefits of physical therapy, you empower yourself to take control of your well-being and seek the best course of action for your sacral health. Let’s work towards a future free from sacrum pain and embrace a life of comfort and mobility. Let me help you, contact me at or

#Live Inspired,

Karen Baltz Gibbs, PT, DPT, CMP, CSCS, LMT, Owner Garage Training & Rehab Gym

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