I realized yesterday that everything I've written about my own road to healing really comes down to two factors: Letting sprained ligaments heal Building muscle strength These two factors make up two equally important sides of the same coin. You need both for healing. Unfortunately, you'll also have to balance one against the other. Why? … Continue reading How I healed my SI joints without surgery
Hi everyone! So... scientific studies regarding SI joint dysfunction have really been on my mind recently. I've seen too many people on social media (and also met one doctor in person) making generalized statements about how SI joint dysfunction isn't a real thing. That the SI joint doesn't move (at all). That it's virtually … Continue reading Study: SI joint surgery can help patients who developed SIJ issues following lumbar fusion
Hi everyone! Someone asked recently, over in our SI Joint Discussion Forum, how often to start out doing pool exercise. I answered her about the pool, but the same concept is true for any form of exercise, when you're coming back from a long-term injury. Start small. Start wherever you are. When I first started … Continue reading When it comes to exercise, start where you are.
Okay, so. I'm not going to start this post out with my normal "Hi, everyone!" because I'm not feeling cheerful right now. I'm annoyed. I just went on Twitter and saw, for what feels like the hundredth time, someone claiming that SI joint dysfunction isn't a real thing. Originally, I wanted to screenshot the tweet … Continue reading When people claim SI joint dysfunction isn’t real
Hi everyone! So... our SI Joint Discussion Group has been going really well (be sure to check it out, if you haven't already!). However, a few of our recent conversations have made me realize I really need to write one of the posts I've been meaning to write for a while, on some of the genetic conditions … Continue reading Genetic conditions that can cause SIJD
A reader asked recently, over in our new Sacroiliac Joint Discussion Group, what my opinion is of chiropractic care. Those of you who've been reading my blog for a long time know that I have a lot to say about this. A chiropractor was the first person who diagnosed me with SI joint dysfunction, back … Continue reading My views on chiropractors
Hi everyone! Okay, so here's a topic that's come up pretty often with readers... and it's also one that's affected me personally. Many of you have written to me about strange popping sensations and/or pain in the front of your pelvis. Sometimes over the hip socket, and sometimes right by the pubic symphysis, which is … Continue reading How that scary snapping feeling in the front of your pelvis can actually come from tight muscles
Hi everyone-- Honestly, I feel kinda bad that my exercise e-book is not out. Between my trip to the hospital this spring as well as all of the work that comes with putting a book together (formatting, legal issues, etc). it's taking quite a bit longer than I'd anticipated! I know that a lot of … Continue reading A great exercise to try: Isometric Glute Squeezes
Hi everyone! So... my goal with this blog is to provide you guys with as much accurate information as possible. I share, from a patient perspective, the information that has helped me, across the course of my various meetings with doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists. And I want to be clear about the fact that … Continue reading My meeting with a spine specialist who doesn’t believe in SI joint dysfunction.
Hi everyone! Here's a concept that's been coming up pretty often in my messages/emails with people lately, so I wanted to make sure I got it up on the blog. What I'm talking about is the various types of adjustments a physical therapist can perform for the SI joint. Personally, I have only ever had … Continue reading When a Physical Therapist performs an SI joint adjustment, you should feel an improvement right away.
Hello everyone! In this post, I wanted to follow up on a super fascinating concept that my new PT, David, and I talked about in my first appointment. It's the concept of a neurotag. Basically, a "neurotag" refers to your brain's coding language for a certain type of memory or experience. As I explained in … Continue reading Pain Neurotags: how the nervous system protects us from injury