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 tweet … Continue reading When people claim SI joint dysfunction isn’t real
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 know … Continue reading Proof that healing is possible
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 a … Continue reading Moving forward//where do I go from here?
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! 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).
Over the years, something my chiropractors mentioned to me from time to time was that my sacrum was rotated. It was rotated in relation to the lumbar spine above it: This is something I had trouble believing, or taking that seriously. I never really noticed myself having additional pain on the days they said my … Continue reading Rotation of the sacrum (aka sacral torsion)
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
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?