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?

Defining SI Joint Dysfunction

Understanding SI Joint Dysfunction:

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:

Posts from Sunlight in Winter

Links to all my SI joint -related blog posts over time, including those from Sunlight in Winter (my personal site which I began long before this one).   I wrote my earliest posts when I didn’t have very many answers yet, so they are not necessarily great for teaching people about the SI joint.  However, they are a testament to the hopelessness I once felt, and a reminder of how important it is to raise awareness about SI joint issues.

Current Posts from this blog

My later posts on this blog, obviously, are written from the standpoint of where I am now, as someone who has (mostly) recovered.  However, I realize I’ll never be completely out of the woods– my ligaments will probably always be slightly compromised– so I’ll still be chronicling my ups and downs and any potential setbacks I have on this site.

Approaches to Treatment

Strengthening/Exercise:

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 SIJ
  4. Search tips
  5. The PT’s I observed as a student

More on physical therapy:

Muscle Energy Technique

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 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