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.

Happy reading!

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. ***

16 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Hi Christy,
    I’ve been reading your blog and I would really like to speak with you about what you went through. Honestly, tonight I read every post you wrote here and your journy is incredible. You seem like the strongest person in the world. As for me, I’m at wits end and I think I just needed to talk with someone who has been through what I’m going through.

    Anyway, I didn’t see a contact form on the site, so I’m leaving this comment and entering my email in the address field. Is it possible for you to email me? I’d really like to touch base.


    • Thank you very much for this. Leaving a comment with your e-mail in the designated box is a great way to contact me, and I look forward to talking with you. All the best, Christy

  2. Christy,

    What a beautiful blog. You write with such intelligence and eloquence, and your thoughts and experiences are a gift to your fellow hypermobile, SI Jointers – like me. I’m so thankful for the internet today – the great connector. I’ve been muddling through pain and disability, searching for answers, and riding the inevitable highs and lows that come with this condition since 2009. I should be used to it by now, but this summer has been hard and today I’m low. Connection is life-giving and connecting with others who share your same challenges generates hope, as I’m sure you have experienced. Your journey is purposeful, and so is mine. You haven’t wasted your pain, and I want to give you a shout out from across the country, “Yeah! You go, girl!” Thanks for restoring some perspective for me today with your generous vulnerability.

    And congrats on the little pup.

    • Thank you, Shannon! Your kind words mean a lot to me. The whole purpose of my blog is to share my experiences, help educate, and guide other patients to resources that might be helpful. Thanks for reminding me that my pain hasn’t been wasted. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that!

  3. Thank you for your blog. my husband is a pt but can not help me. i am completely disabled by sijd. do you know any practitioners in so california.

  4. Hi Christy,

    Thank you for sharing your experiences. I’m working my way through your blog. I’ve been on a four-year journey myself that includes foot pain correlated with right SIJ pain; not to the extent you had it but enough to disrupt my activities. Most practitioners have unsuccessfully focused on the foot pain and dismissed the SIJ pain, but a current PT I’m seeing for something else thinks the SIJ may be the culprit and mentioned prolotherapy. The only problem is that he doesn’t do gait or SIJD work or have recommendations on whom I should see. I live in Kirkland and was wondering if you would mind sharing which PT(s) at Olympic you had good experiences with as far as analysis and treatment. My email was on the form. Thanks.

  5. Life’s every moment is very precious and valuable and you understood it. Not only murmuring and grumbling about the bad situation we face but out of that situation taking advantage are the life. You made a mark my friend by standing strong. I hope your medication will help you grow better & better soon.

  6. I am just wondering how you are doing since your last blog in June of 2013? Please let me know, I was going to have my other SI fused in June but i didn’t, now it is November 2013 and I am headed to GA in December to have my left side fused. My right side that is fused in hurting terrible and I was just hoping that by stabilizing the left side that would help. It scares me so bad that you are having all the problems now, what 2 plus years later. I too wonder what life will be like with the SI’s. please update us on how you are doing in November of 2013.

  7. Greetings – I am a 69 year old golfing enthusiast. Walk, never ride. Lean body type, go to the gym 3 times a week. Still work 4 days a week at a winery (not production). Have been diagnosed with mild arthritis in right side si joint. Up till 2 months ago have been able to maintain mobility, now am unstable in low back/pelvis (seems to rotate with twisting motion of golf swing ). Have been told by trusted physical therapist that I have a HYPER MOBILE SI JOINT. Sound. Familiar? Seeking cure…

  8. Hi,

    I love how positive your blog is! I am a nurse in my 20’s and have been dealing with this for over a year. I have been seeing a talented osteopath, working out like crazy, and have been through prolo. I’m concerned I am at a point I might not be able to work. Do you know of any surgeons in the Midwest? I’m based in Michigan. Also, before your surgery did they align you on the table to perform the fusion? Just curious as I’ve heard stories of people being fused into the wrong position. Looking forward to any advice this community may have. Thanks

    • I think if I could do it over again, I’d head to Minnesota to see Dr. Polly. He seems to be the most wholistic surgeon I’ve heard about. I also know of Dr. Kube in the Chicago area who does fusions. Yes, I was aligned, but in my case, I don’t think it was essential for success. Surgery isn’t a fix-all, and many continue to struggle, but clearly it’s been a positive thing for me. Best wishes to you!

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