A chiropractor explains why he doesn’t believe adjustments can heal SI joint dysfunction

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’veContinue reading “A chiropractor explains why he doesn’t believe adjustments can heal SI joint dysfunction”

How to find a good physical therapist, Part 5: The PT’s I observed as a student

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”

If you’re reading this, give yourself a pat on the back.

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 whenContinue reading “If you’re reading this, give yourself a pat on the back.”

SI joint awareness is growing– check out this article from TIME Magazine

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”

Why are there so many doctors who treat “the hip,” but not the SI joint?

Okay, so here’s a post I definitely 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 “hip pain.”  After all, in our day to day lives, we usually refer to the regionContinue reading “Why are there so many doctors who treat “the hip,” but not the SI joint?”

Creating my own visual aides! (Some basic views of 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, soContinue reading “Creating my own visual aides! (Some basic views of the SI joint).”

What’s the difference between a ligament sprain and a muscle strain?

Hey everyone, Here’s a concept that comes up all the time, so I wanted to take a moment to clarify it. What is a ligament, and what is a tendon?  And what happens when we injure each one? A ligament is a very tough band of connective tissue that connects one bone to another.   LigamentsContinue reading “What’s the difference between a ligament sprain and a muscle strain?”

What I learned from seeing my third physiatrist

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”