SI

You may have seen some dimples at the base of your spine, those dimples are where your sacroiliac joints are located.  The sacroiliac joints are the joints where the lower part of the spine (sacrum) connects to the pelvis. There are two sacroiliac joints, one on each side, with ligaments in each joint that hold the bones together.

When one or both joints misaligns, you will experience swelling there.  What you might feel is either a dull pain or sharp pain. The pain will usually not be where the joint is but you will feel it in the buttocks, low back, or legs.  It can also affect the groin and even the feet.  That’s why sometimes it is misdiagnosed as a hip problem or sciatica.  The tell-tale sign is difficulty turning in bed.  You would usually have more pain on weight bearing (standing, stair climbing) and relieved by sitting.  Low back pain especially a disc problem would have increased pain on sitting. 

What can cause SI joint pain could be increased stress due to weight, improper gait or a traumatic event even one that occurred years ago and has been dormant.  Many times it is just posture such as how we sleep.  Many times it can also be from lifting things. 

Usually X-rays won’t show much.  On examination, I will see one side of the pelvis higher than the other. 

Over the counter pain relievers usually don’t help much.  Use of ice can help a little.  Physical therapy may address the surrounding muscles with specific stretches; however it does not address the misalignment like chiropractic does.  And finally, some supplements that can help are apple cider vinegar, turmeric and omega fish oils to help with the inflammation.  Additionally, glucosamine or Wobenzyme can help.

Snake & Rock

Saw this on FB not sure who to credit.

 

The man doesn’t know that there is a snake underneath. 

The woman doesn’t know that there is a stone crushing the man.  The woman thinks “I am going to fall! And I can’t climb because the snake is going to bite me! Why can’t the man use a little more strength and pull me up!”

The man thinks “I am in so much pain! Yet I am still pulling you as much as I can! Why don’t you try and climb a bit harder!?”

The moral is – you can’t see the pressure the other person is under, and the other person can’t see the pain you’re in.  This is life, whether it’s with work, family, feelings, or friends, we should try to understand each other.  Learn to think differently, perhaps more clearly and communicate better. 

A little thought and patience goes a long way.  Be kind.  Everyone we meet is fighting their own battle. 

Vertigo

Saw this on FB not sure who to credit.

The man doesn’t know that there is a snake underneath. 

The woman doesn’t know that there is a stone crushing the man.  The woman thinks “I am going to fall! And I can’t climb because the snake is going to bite me! Why can’t the man use a little more strength and pull me up!”

The man thinks “I am in so much pain! Yet I am still pulling you as much as I can! Why don’t you try and climb a bit harder!?”

The moral is – you can’t see the pressure the other person is under, and the other person can’t see the pain you’re in.  This is life, whether it’s with work, family, feelings, or friends, we should try to understand each other.  Learn to think differently, perhaps more clearly and communicate better. 

A little thought and patience goes a long way.  Be kind.  Everyone we meet is fighting their own battle.