Welcome to my page, A Beautiful Collision – SIJD.
I started this as a blog in 2009, mainly as an outlet for myself. At the time, I had just finished graduate school and was a new physical therapist — quickly learning that my body really disagreed with my career choice and in the middle of treatment options. I needed a place to write so I could vent about my experiences and frustrations, and a blog was born. I recognized that I was in a unique position as a physical therapist dealing with chronic pain, so I also hoped that this would serve as a resource to others, though I can’t say it enough times: I am not an SI joint specialist; I don’t even work with the SI joint, the spine, or people with orthopedic issues. This is designed as a resource from me as a patient, having been there in the trenches of chronic pain myself.
Why “A Beautiful Collision”? If you have sacroiliac joint dysfunction, any low back pain, or really any chronic pain, you know that there is nothing beautiful about it. It is frustrating; it is difficult; it can be miserable, lonely, and scary — I know. Still, there is a part of me that sees my story as an opportunity … an opportunity to grow, share, learn, serve, think, listen, and believe for myself that this is not the end. Through this collision of everything I live my life for and chronic pain, something worthwhile will come.
Thanks for checking out my journey.
A little about navigating this site:
In the sidebar to the right you will find links to my most recent blog posts. These can also be accessed under the “blog” tab. You can also browse by topic or click on a term in the “tag” box to read blogs I’ve written and tagged as having specific content, or read in chronological order by looking at “previous posts.” You will also find a link to other blogs dedicated to SI joint dysfunction that are authored by patients at varying stages in dealing with their SI joint pain.
I’ve written a bit about things I’ve learned along the way that I wanted to share, and those things are available under various tabs.
I’ve recently added a way to contact me, as comments on my posts seemed to be more directed at asking me questions rather than commenting on the post.
Please keep in mind that I am a pediatric physical therapist and do not consider myself an expert in orthopedics or the SI joint. My road to overcoming SIJD is similar to that of any patient, full of disappointments, challenges, questions, and small victories. Everything I’ve learned about treating a stubbornly hypermobile SI joint has been though my journey as a patient. This is a resource from a patient for a patient, and I hope it begins to answer some of your questions.
***The information contained in and through this site is based on my personal experiences as a patient and is not a substitute for professional medical help, advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is my hope that you can be educated about your options as a patient with SI joint pain. Consult your physician or other health care professional for your specific health care needs. ***