As I mentioned in my post about developing a thorough stretching routine, part of the reason it took me so long to heal is that I didn't really have a proper space to do my land-based exercises and stretches. A lot of the exercises and stretches I knew I should be doing required me to … Continue reading My awesome stretching table
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=WUpruiKb-S8 In the video above, Dr. Ty, a spine surgeon who operates on the SI joint using the Zyga implant, describes a very important concept for people suffering from SI joint dysfunction to understand. SI Joint Dysfunction vs. Inflammation SI Joint Dysfunction is "an umbrella term for an abnormality within the joint." Although this umbrella term … Continue reading What is the difference between SI Joint inflammation and dysfunction?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NsgU4FVYOA A reader asked me if I'd ever had prolotherapy yesterday, and since I've been meaning to write about it for a while, now seems like the right time to put this out there! What is prolotherapy? Prolotherapy is a relatively new form of treatment, meant to speed the healing of sprained ligaments. It involves … Continue reading What is Prolotherapy? (and why I didn’t end up having it).
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
Hi everyone-- You may have seen that I've listed all of my key discoveries and breakthrough moments in chronological order in my "Key Points of My Recovery" series. It took me five years to put all of these pieces together, through a long and frustrating process of trial and error, and I talk about that … Continue reading How it all finally came together
So I tested my SI joints today in a way that I haven't since I injured them: I went for a hike, not in my regular shoes, but in my actual winter boots. They were still relatively new and had that just-out-of-the-box feeling-- in other words, they were kind of stiff. And I pushed myself. … Continue reading In the Woods
Every time I write this, I'm afraid I'll jinx myself. But my SI joints are still in place. They haven't moved out of place since May (my first San Francisco trip). Since then, I have begun to do more and more. I've even run, at times, though it hasn't been any more than a few strides crossing … Continue reading Still stable/what we can heal from.
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 about what these words actually mean. Hypomobility refers to a joint that's moving less than a healthy joint would. (The prefix hypo- means "less"). Hypermobility refers to a joint … Continue reading SI Joint Concepts: Hypomobility and Hypermobility