The SI joint and…the brain?!

  Hi everyone! I’ve noticed that a certain theme has been coming up a lot lately among some of my readers lately. And that topic is how the brain can affect the SI joint– by how it regulates things like our muscles, posture, and breathing.. This is a subject I never really thought about before,Continue reading “The SI joint and…the brain?!”

When people claim SI joint dysfunction isn’t real

Okay, so. I’m not going to start this post out with my normal “Hi, everyone!” because I’m not feeling cheerful right now.  I’m annoyed. I just went on Twitter and saw, for what feels like the hundredth time, someone claiming that SI joint dysfunction isn’t a real thing. Originally, I wanted to screenshot the tweetContinue reading “When people claim SI joint dysfunction isn’t real”

Proof that healing is possible

Hi everyone– I was sorting though old papers recently when I came across the original instructions my physical therapist Paula wrote out for me on the Muscle Energy Technique, back in 2014. A lot of people have asked me about her original instructions, as I’ve been running this blog.  I think people want to knowContinue reading “Proof that healing is possible”

Moving forward//where do I go from here?

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 aContinue reading “Moving forward//where do I go from here?”

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”

Evidence-Based Examination and Treatment of the Pelvis (Continuing Education for PT’s)

Hey everyone, 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 clinicalContinue reading “Evidence-Based Examination and Treatment of the Pelvis (Continuing Education for PT’s)”

SI Joint Concepts: Form Closure vs. Force Closure

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 bonesContinue reading “SI Joint Concepts: Form Closure vs. Force Closure”

Labral tears

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 itContinue reading “Labral tears”

What happens when an SI joint gets stuck?

If you have SI joint dysfunction, this is a really important concept for you to understand. There are different types of issues that can affect the SI joint, but this was the main problem for me, during the entire five years I struggled with this problem. *** The sacroiliac joint is made up by theContinue reading “What happens when an SI joint gets stuck?”

Tight muscles can mimic SI joint dysfunction

Now that my SI joints themselves are actually staying stable (thank God!) I can begin to identify other factors that may have been contributing to my pain, and causing my sense of being off-kilter, all along. What I’m referring to specifically in this post is tightness in the muscles of the lower back.   WhenContinue reading “Tight muscles can mimic SI joint dysfunction”