Hi everyone! So... my goal with this blog is to provide you guys with as much accurate information as possible. I share, from a patient perspective, the information that has helped me, across the course of my various meetings with doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists. And I want to be clear about the fact that … Continue reading My meeting with a spine specialist who doesn’t believe in SI joint dysfunction.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L78tfhUmjQ I recently stumbled upon this fascinating-looking course: Evidence-Based Examination and Treatment of the Pelvis through Medbridge Education. It's a continuing education course for physical therapists who want to be able to treat SIJ pain. It's given by Dr. Alexis Wright, who has a pretty impressive resume. She has a Ph.D. in physical therapy clinical research, … Continue reading Evidence-Based Examination and Treatment of the Pelvis (Continuing Education for PT’s)
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09J9zIoOd1Q Hip labral tears are a condition that can sometimes accompany sacroiliac joint dysfunction. The labrum is a ring of cartilage found within the hip socket. Its main purpose is to absorb shock, as well as to help make sure your leg bone fits snugly inside the hip socket. Cartilage is generally pretty tough, but sometimes … Continue reading Labral tears
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OFZyC9aK4w Recently, I was watching this interview with SI joint surgeon Dr. Carter Beck (the same doctor I had mentioned in my previous post). The whole time I was watching, I kept thinking to myself, “Wow, that is a great point…. I really need to remember some of the things he is saying.” So… that … Continue reading Why do we know so little about the SI joint? (Amazing Interview with Dr. Carter Beck).
I've been trying to get a satisfactory answer to this question for a long time. Manual therapy is something I've often seen mentioned in articles about the SI joint. I've seen a few physical therapists with various "manual therapy" certifications, but found that depending on what type of course they took, I found they tended … Continue reading What exactly is Manual Therapy?
Honestly, as much as I have criticized chiropractors at times on here, I know I would have been completely lost when my SI joint first locked up back in 2011 if my chiropractor hadn't been able to explain things to me. I've flat out never seen a physician that had anything truly helpful to say … Continue reading Key Point #1: Identifying the problem
To my 11 faithful followers-- thank you so much for sticking by this blog, even though I've probably been bombarding you with far too many posts this week! Much of this blog is still a work in progress, and to an extent I'm still treating it as an open workbook where I post notes and … Continue reading The SI joint acts like a shock absorber (great article from Taylored Training and Fitness)
Part of the reason it took me so long to get information on the SI joint is that I simply didn't know where to start looking. Since I first developed my own SI joint issues in 2011, it does seem as though a lot more information on the subject has made its way onto the … Continue reading SI Joint Concepts: Useful Terminology
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