I love this photo so much. I first found it a few years ago, and used it in one of my posts about pain neurophysiology education (which I hope to eventually talk about on this blog, as well!). And it's really speaking to me now, in the aftermath of what happened a week and a … Continue reading Moving forward//where do I go from here?
Hi everyone! The more and more I've been working on this blog, the more ideas have come to me for better ways to explain things. When I first limped into my chiropractor's office with my SI joint stuck all those years ago, I really appreciated the explanations he gave me using an anatomical model, so … Continue reading Creating my own visual aides! (Some basic views of the SI joint).
Well, this has officially happened to me twice now (between my original injury in 2011 and my recent fall, landing on my butt on ice), and I think it's safe to say: It's possible for several days or even weeks to pass from the time you sprain the ligaments of your SI joint to the … Continue reading You may not experience symptoms right away after injuring the SI joint. Sometimes it can take a while.
Here is a really important concept about the SI joint: How is an SI joint supposed to stay in place? The body has 2 main systems to maintain stability in the SI joint: Form closure and force closure. 1) Form closure has to do with the shape of the bones that make up the SI joint (the two hip bones … Continue reading SI Joint Concepts: Form Closure vs. Force Closure
Ok. Here are some really great diagrams I’ve found across the web which should help simplify some of the things I’m talking about. These graphics were all available under a Creative Commons license -- thank you so much to those who made them available! I've linked to the source below each illustration. First, let’s start … Continue reading Where is the Sacroiliac Joint? Useful illustrations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mWyXAQJxgE If you have SI joint dysfunction, this is a really important concept for you to understand. There are different types of issues that can affect the SI joint, but this was the main problem for me, during the entire five years I struggled with this problem. *** The sacroiliac joint is made up by … Continue reading What happens when an SI joint gets stuck?
The SI joint is mainly held together by bands of connective tissue known as ligaments. These ligaments hold the sacrum (base of the spine) and the ilia (hip bones) together to make up the two sacroiliac joints. Here are some diagrams which give you a general view of what the ligaments look like: An … Continue reading The ligaments of the SI joint
Now that my SI joints themselves are actually staying stable (thank God!) I can begin to identify other factors that may have been contributing to my pain, and causing my sense of being off-kilter, all along. What I'm referring to specifically in this post is tightness in the muscles of the lower back. When … Continue reading Tight muscles can mimic SI joint dysfunction
Hey everyone, These are some common terms relating to the SI joint which, unfortunately, can be very confusing to a lot of people. Let's clear them up! The words hypermobile and hypomobile can be used in a few different ways to describe the SI joint, or any joint in the body. Let's start by talking … Continue reading SI Joint Concepts: Hypomobility and Hypermobility
So, I think I'm finally at the point in my recovery that seemed like a dream when people first described it to me five years ago: The point at which I'd finally develop enough muscle strength to make up for the fact that the ligaments that are supposed to hold my SI joint together have been stretched … Continue reading The point I’m at now: When muscle strength finally takes over for weak ligaments