Hello everyone! In this post, I wanted to follow up on a super fascinating concept that my new PT, David, and I talked about in my first appointment. It's the concept of a neurotag. Basically, a "neurotag" refers to your brain's coding language for a certain type of memory or experience. As I explained in … Continue reading Pain Neurotags: how the nervous system protects us from injury
Hi everyone! I just happened to stumble across this fascinating article from Marc Heller, DC, about how he doesn't think the chiropractic profession adequately manages SI joint dysfunction. (It's from the 2015 issue of the magazine Dynamic Chiropractic). I wanted to share it with you all because it echoes some of the same points I've … Continue reading A chiropractor explains why he doesn’t believe adjustments can heal SI joint dysfunction
Hi everyone! I hope you've all been finding this series interesting. I thought it would be good to write up all of the different experiences I had finding the right PT to help me, to encourage you not to give up if even the second, third, or the fourth person isn't able to help you. … Continue reading How to find a good physical therapist, Part 5: The PT’s I observed as a student
Hi everyone! I wanted to send out a different type of post today-- one that's a little more personal. I've been hearing from so many of you recently, through email, Facebook, as well as comments on my blog. And you're all asking really great questions-- so great I practically end up writing entire posts when … Continue reading If you’re reading this, give yourself a pat on the back.
My God. We have come so far from the days when I could hardly find any information on the SI joint, and felt like such a freak. I recently discovered this awesome article on the SI joint from TIME magazine: How your butt can hurt your back (what a title!). It's kind of accurate, though. … Continue reading SI joint awareness is growing– check out this article from TIME Magazine
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?
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 Finally, my own visual aides! (Some basic views of the SI joint).
I think that, as every day people, we sometimes use the words "sprain" and "strain" interchangeably. However, this article from the Mayo Clinic made me realize this concept might be worth clarifying. SI joint injuries generally involve a sprain of the ligaments that hold the joint together. A ligament is a "tough band of fibrous tissue" … Continue reading What’s the difference between a ligament sprain and a muscle/tendon strain?
I had a pretty interesting experience yesterday that I thought I’d share with you all-- the good and the bad. I saw a physiatrist at Mass General Hospital who was actually familiar with treating the SIJ. (A physiatrist is a type of doctor that treats physical dysfunction, similar to an orthopedist or a pain specialist. … Continue reading What I learned from seeing my third physiatrist