Okay, so here's a somewhat tricky subject (like everything related to the SI joint, of course!). Once in a while, I really need help breaking up some of the knots and tightness that build up in my muscles. I try to stay ahead of it by stretching regularly, but sometimes, I get to a point … Continue reading Massage and Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
Okay, so here's a concept that might be a little bit obvious to some of you... however, this is definitely a post I know I could have used back in the day, so I'm putting it out there in case it helps! *** When I first began to experience SI joint dysfunction, I thought of it as … Continue reading Why are there so many doctors who treat “the hip,” but not the SI joint?
The word physiatrist is always a little awkward. When I say the word in real life, people usually have no idea what I'm talking about, or think I'm talking about a psychiatrist at first. But a physiatrist is different. They are doctors (usually an MD, but also can be a DO-- doctor of osteopathy. For our purposes … Continue reading A type of specialist you might want to see: physiatrists
Hi everyone, I've heard from several readers recently who were experiencing SI joint dysfunction along with other causes of low back/pelvic pain. I know from personal experience that it can be really overwhelming to try to wrap your mind around exactly all of the things that could be causing your pain. So here, with illustrations, … Continue reading Major structures of the pelvis– views from the front
Over the course of all my reading on the SI joint, I've learned about a wide range of factors that can lead to SI joint dysfunction. SI joint dysfunction tends to begin with an injury to the ligaments that are meant to hold the joint in place. This can happen through blunt force, like falling on your … Continue reading Causes of sacroiliac joint dysfunction: acute and chronic
Hello, everyone. I've noticed that my page on the Muscle Energy Technique is one of my pages that gets the most traffic from search engines. It seems like a topic people are really searching for answers on, so I figured I'd try to explain some more of the specifics. I use the Muscle Energy … Continue reading How exactly does the Muscle Energy Technique work?
I received a really interesting comment over on Sunlight in Winter the other day. It was from Maritza, who suffers from both SI joint dysfunction and lumbar spine issues (the term "lumbar spine" refers to the part of the spine that's in your lower back). Her comment inspired me to share some information with you … Continue reading Start building core strength with exercises that are gentle on the SI joints and lower back
Hi everyone, Here's an email from the first person to give me permission to publish our communication since I put out my request a few weeks ago: Kerry. She's been suffering from SI joint dysfunction since she slipped on ice and fell last winter. (She also fractured her sacrum when she landed). Kerry and I … Continue reading Reader email: Kerry (“Why am I not getting better, even though I exercise?”)
I've had a bunch of people contact me for advice on painful SI joints recently... all of whom have said their SI joints don't lock up. I think this is so interesting, because for one thing, my recommendations to them tend to be a little bit different. But also, it really got me thinking... why, exactly, do … Continue reading Why do some people’s SI joints get stuck, when others’ don’t?
One of the questions people ask me pretty frequently is "how long did it take you to start feeling better?" The bittersweet answer to this question is that if I had known then what I know now, my recovery would not have taken nearly so long. What made it so excruciating-- and why I'm so … Continue reading My Recovery Timeline