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'stuck SI joint'

PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:42 am
by Denny
Hi Bill - I seem to have the opposite problem, in that my right SI joint gets 'stuck' according to my physiotherapist, and if it goes on too long, then my L-4,5 and sometimes my S-1 eventually get jammed too. I have been going to my physio for several years now for this problem - she practices manipulation as well as rubbing the muscles in the glute quite intensely. She is trained in advanced physical therapy. However the problem keeps returning, to the point now that I have to go 3 or 4 times a month, and in between, it is often quite achy and uncomfortable and starting to become what I call 'pain'. I was a lifelong recreational runner, and I had to give it up about 3 years ago due to this problem. Now I walk every day. I am a 55 year old woman, slim, have always exercised, but have slacked off on the ab work, and recently started exercising my core every other day. I do yoga and stretching exercises, (some given me by my physio) every morning, and do the cobra and backbend exercises 2 or 3 times a day, to try to keep my back 'moving'. I work part time as an RN, in a hospital, which I returned to about 9 years ago. This is when the problem started, and has steadily become worse. It seems the concrete floors don't help as well as the 12 hour shifts on my feet. I am a 55 year old woman. I purchased "Rebuild your back" over a month ago, and haven't started the program yet, as we just returned from being away for a month, in which I did a lot of walking, and my back was quite sore. (I do intend to start it!). When I returned home, I went to physio, and had a 'stuck' SI joint as well as an upslip. I do have a leg length difference of 1/2" or less, (longer on the right side) which I think is anatomical. The past week I tried using a 1/4" lift in my shoe intermittently, and now different parts of my back hurt. My recent xray showed that my spine was in very good shape - absolutely no sign of deterioration and good space between the discs. I am highly motivated to fix this problem, and have started questioning whether I can keep working at my job. I read through a lot of the posts about SI dysfunction, but it seemed to focus on hypermobility. Edited to add: I have to add that my husband just measured my legs again, from my pelvic bones to my anklebones, and came up with only 1/4 " difference, which he said that was the same as before our trip a month ago. So I will take the lift out of my shoe. Please help!