Key Point #1: Identifying the problem

Honestly, as much as I have criticized chiropractors at times on here, I know I would have been completely lost when my SI joint first locked up back in 2011 if my chiropractor hadn’t been able to explain things to me.

I’ve flat out never seen a physician that had anything truly helpful to say about the mechanics of this joint.  I’ve seen one orthopedist and two physiatrists, and they pretty much encouraged me to keep seeing the chiropractor because while they could give me injections that might speed healing or reduce pain, they could not go into as much detail on the way the SI joint actually moves.

I do think that general awareness of the SI joint has grown throughout the medical profession in recent years.  Throughout my shadowing for PT school, I have begun to encounter more and more PT’s who are aware at this joint can cause problems.

But, I have to be honest, I have never personally encountered anyone whose knowledge of how the SI joint functions comes close to that of a chiropractor (a good chiropractor, anyway).  (That’s not to say that knowledgeable professionals don’t exist– I just haven’t found them myself).

The problem, for me, seems to be more with the actual treatment having side effects (read this and this), than the chiropractors not knowing how to diagnose.

So, although I am frustrated at the way things turned out, and what I have sometimes felt is my chiropractor’s unhelpful attitude (more on that later) I still have to give credit where credit is due.

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