Site Guide

Hi everyone!  Here’s a complete list of everything I’ve written. I was curious to see what my posts looked like laid out in this framework.  You may find it easier to navigate this way, or find a topic that you’re looking for.

I’m thinking of creating an e-book on the SI joint, so this is sort of the framework for my table of contents.  I’m always curious to hear which types of posts people find the most helpful, so if you have any feedback, please let me know!

About Me 

My Story

My Injury 

What is the SI joint?

Understanding SI Joint Dysfunction:

Getting a diagnosis:

Musculoskeletal factors:

Alignment:

Upslip:

Posterior rotation:

Effects on the rest of the body:

Other potential causes to rule out:

Important Concepts

Key Points of My Recovery

  1. Identifying the problem
  2. Working out regularly in a pool
  3. Adjusting my own movement patterns and related post The SI joint is like a puzzle
  4. Muscular Strength vs. Endurance
  5. Developing a thorough stretching routine
  6. When someone finally told me only one SI joint could lock up at a time
  7. Learning to adjust my own SI joints
  8. Discovering chiropractic adjustments had been re-spraining my ligaments the entire time (and deciding not to receive them anymore) — this link will take you to my original post on my main blog, Sunlight in Winter

Looking back at everything I know now:

Daily life with SI Joint Dysfunction:

Sitting:

Driving:

Approaches to Treatment

Strengthening/Exercise:

Core

SI Belts

Stretching:

Aquatic Therapy:

Physical Therapy:

How to find a good physical therapist:

  1. Persistence
  2. Thinking creatively
  3. Find someone with experience in treating the SI joint
  4. Search tips
  5. The PT’s I observed as a student

SI joint adjustments by a physical therapist (most of this is covered above in the Alignment section):

More on physical therapy:

My experience with lumbar spine hypermobility (2018):

Muscle Energy Technique

Other Conservative Approaches:

Chiropractors

I have mixed feelings on chiropractic as a whole.  I do believe the chiropractors who are more aligned with mainstream medicine have something to offer, although I believe the field needs more research.  Due to safety concerns, I personally do not receive chiropractic adjustments.  Overall I think physical therapists who offer the Muscle Energy Technique are a better way to go.

Traditional Doctors:

The options a back pain specialist, such as a physiatrist, can offer you:

SI Joint Injections:

Surgery:

Prolotherapy:

Pelvic Health/Pelvic Floor

Women’s Health

Treatment Approaches & Differing Perspectives

History of SI Joint Treatment

Resources: (for a complete list see List of All Sources Cited)

All resources are divided into the following categories (click each for more detail):

Personal Stories

Reader Emails

Resources for Patients

Professional Guides

Scientific Articles

Women’s Health

Pelvic Floor

Newer posts:

Learning I have a genetic hypermobility disorder (2020)

Genetics consultation for hypermobility

Newer posts/current routine (2020-present):

Recovery Progression: Looking back at the various stages of recovery

Mind-Body