Hi everyone! So... this is really cool. You know how I've been saying for a while that I think the chiropractic profession has something to offer, but I wish they were more closely aligned with mainstream medicine? Well... here is a great example of exactly that. (This is another post that's for me and for you, as … Continue reading Integrative Spinal Research (a collaboration between chiropractors and mainstream medicine!).
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! Here's a subject that's been coming up a lot recently, which I always take as a sign it's time to get an official post up! What I wanted to talk to you about today is the topic of lidocaine and cortisone injections for the SI joints. These are the injections that a specialist, … Continue reading SI Joint Injections, Part 1: Lidocaine
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).
I realized yesterday that everything I've written about my own road to healing really comes down to two factors: Letting sprained ligaments heal Building muscle strength These two factors make up two equally important sides of the same coin. You need both for healing. Unfortunately, you'll also have to balance one against the other. Why? … Continue reading How I healed my SI joints without surgery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMLdVf-d_zo Hi everyone-- happy Monday! In my last post, I shared a great video from Coordinated Health that provided a great overview of the different causes of low back pain, and how SI joint dysfunction fits in to that bigger picture. Here is one of the later videos in that series; this one focusing exclusively … Continue reading A physiatrist explains SI joint dysfunction (Coordinated Health TV: Low Back Pain, Part 4)
One of the craziest things about the SI joint is that even though it’s only meant to move a few millimeters, when those few millimeters of motion become restricted, it can really wreak havoc on the rest of your body. Although this joint isn't meant to move a ton compared to other joints in the … Continue reading How SI joint dysfunction can affect the rest of your body
Another major way my physical therapist Paula helped me was by teaching me to adjust my own SI joints. The general name for the type of adjustment she taught me to use is called Muscle Energy Technique, or MET. Essentially, the Muscle Energy Technique allows you to correct a forward or backward rotation of the … Continue reading Key Point #7: Learning to Adjust My Own SI Joints
This is probably one of the most frustrating parts of this whole journey to look back on. The first time one of my SI joints ever locked up, it was a terrifying experience. All of a sudden, for no reason I could understand, I could barely lift one of my legs. It was as though … Continue reading Key Point #6: When someone finally told me only one SI joint could lock up at a time