Dr. Jeremiah Jimerson

761 Saint Andrews Blvd Charleston, SC 29407

The Secret to Fixing Chronic Low Back Pain for Good

SI joint dysfunction can cause back pain, hip pain, groin pain, leg pain, knee pain and even mimic sciatica.

The Secret to Fixing Chronic Low Back Pain for Good

There’s a secret to fixing most chronic lower back pain even if you’ve tried everything under the sun including injections, surgery, chiropractic, physical therapy and massage therapy. I’ve helped thousands of patients with chronic pain over the past 15 years with incredible success rates. 

I’ve even had a patient who had a failed nerve stimulator implant (a small electrical device that’s surgically implanted under the skin and attached to the spinal nerves to dull the pain signals) get rid of his pain completely as well, rendering the nerve stimulator useless. He sat there absolutely stunned and horrified that he went through all of the pain and trouble of having a device surgically implanted in his spine only to find out that he really didn’t need it after all. Even worse, now he had to figure out whether or not it was in his best interest to have them remove it. (Insurance paid $50K to have it implanted, would they pay for it’s removal?)

Surgery for Lumbar disc herniations but still have pain? Sciatic pain or sciatic neuritis? Yep, this can be one of the main reasons why you’re still having pain and why the lumbar vertebrae herniated in the first place. 

Often this fix can help fix chronic weird aches, pains and injuries from the ribcage down to your toes. We’ve had numerous patients with chronic hip pain or knee pain that resolved once their pelvis was stabilized. We once had a 14 year old girl with chronic groin pain whose parents legitimately spent over $100K in testing and doctors trying to get to the root of her problem. In 2 seconds of testing the SI joint, I was able to show her parents that the SI joint was the root cause. Needless to say, many tears of joy followed.

One of the secret’s is your SI or sacroiliac joint. The SI joint sits all the way below your lumbar vertebrae and is formed by your sacrum and your hip bones. It’s not surprising that this area can cause so many issues above and below. The sacrum is considered to be the keystone for your lower back and pelvis. 

Where is the SI joint?

A study showed that with SI joint dysfunction: 94% experience Buttock pain, 72% Lower Lumbar pain, 14% groin pain, 50% Lower Extremity pain, 28% Lower Extremity Pain below the knee.  Bascially the SI joint can cause pain anywhere from your ribs all the way down to your toes!

Slipman CW. et al. Sacroiliac joint pain referral zones. Arch Phys Med Rehab. 2000;8 1:334-8.

Part of the secret sauce of resolving this common dysfunction is realizing that a tight muscle can cause dysfunction of joints above and below. If your butt muscles are tight, it will no doubt cause knee instability and lower back instability ultimately leading to scar tissue production. The same with your ribs. Tight ribs can cause shoulder, neck, and lower back instability. So our first goal is to stretch our butt muscles and ribs. 

One of the most common imbalances of the SI joint is an “Upslip” (figure B) where the hip bone becomes hiked up, creating a jamming of the SI joint and compression of the lumbar vertebrae. 


We are going to fix that by strengthening the glute medius muscles which are crucial to pelvic stability. I call this exercise the Jane Fonda due to fond memories of seeing Jane doing this exercise on TV as a child. 

The second exercise is strengthening the adductor or groin muscles which are the functional opposites of your glute medius or (Jane Fonda muscle) we just strengthened. While this exercise looks incredibly hysterical looking, it makes up for it with massive successfulness. 

While there can be a few other ancillary muscles that need to be strengthened. These 4 exercises remain the core pillars of SI joint strengthening and stability. For detailed examples of how the exercises shoulder be performed as well as tips and tricks and amounts to do, please watch my YouTube video:

Dr. Jeremiah Jimerson, D.C.Founder of Elite Performance & Pain 

Chiropractic Innovator 

Myofascial and Neurological Specialist

Pioneering a holistic approach to chiropractic care, I focus on uncovering the root causes of discomfort, blending myofascial techniques like Active Release Therapy with neurological insights. My practice extends beyond traditional adjustments, delving into the complex interplay of muscles, nerves, movement and overall wellness.

Notable achievements: Hospital Residency Pioneer, Collaborator with Orthopedic Surgeons, Active Release Technique Certified since 2004, Experience with the Buffalo Bills, Ironman Triathlon, College of Charleston Track Team, and high-profile clients.

Passionate about personal health, anti-aging, and longevity. Devoted to activities like weightlifting, calisthenics, jiu-jitsu, movement, and outdoor adventures.

Serving chronic pain patients and athletes who seek innovative, effective solutions.

Connect with me:                  www.fixyourpaincharleston.com 

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