When a pelvis is out of alignment, the spine is out of alignment. When the spine is out of alignment, there are adverse effects on the neurological system. For example - nerves entering and exiting the spine may be compressed and thus unable to perform their function of ennervating the major organs to the full extent. The body will not be served energetically as it should. Circulation and metabolism will be affected, and digestion and elimination can suffer. Legs will be thrown out of alignment, potentially causing knee and ankle problems. More weight will be placed on one hip than the other, causing more 'wear and tear' which can result in the need for hip replacement. And so the list goes on.

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Low Back Pain
- Where it comes from?
Patients Around the World -
They will tell... read!

ABC Physical Therapy - Looks great!!
"During my 11 years working as a physical therapist, I have found that the sacroiliac joint is involved or "out of alignment" in nearly every patient that has been referred or presented to me with the complaint of low back pain."

A major cause of back pain and other musculo-skeletal problems is pelvic instability and misalignment.
Read about it, that is my document

Where (idiopathic) scoliosis comes from?

I just love that last chapter: THE MALALIGNED ATHLETE:
City Sports and Physio Therapy
Who cares about pelvic alignment? Ultra fitness
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The pelvis is the foundation of whole skeletal system. Any strain which occurs in this structure will peak in the weakest area - usually the lower lumbar spine. Pelvic misalignment will also cause instability throughout the entire skeletal system - upwards through the spinal column (causing problems on spine in the lower, middle and upper back, and also affecting neck, shoulders and arms), and downwards, through the legs (affecting alignment of knees, ankles and feet).

To get the right diagnose is difficult because almost no-one of the medical specialists knows where it comes from (Even if your posture looks like that guy on the left??). Chances are that your health care professional has never even heard of “Pelvic Tilt” which is frequently overlooked and therefore often misdiagnosed by health professionals. So, the patient winds up going to one doctor after another, searching for relief, which may be just a simple screening test and an x ray away.

Some of the medical "experts" knows about it, but 99,9% of them don't know how to diagnose it. Some of them have heard of it, but don't believe on it (like orthopedists). It may take you 10-20 years and you may have to see 20-30 doctors until you find one who knows whats wrong with you... (Like I did!)

And to get the right treatment to it is even harder! Seems that only few people in the world knows how to do it as it should be done!

And millions of people suffer from it... (About 80% of people)

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Volume 40 * Number 5 * May 1998 Letters to the Editor
"He was later referred to me, and the diagnosis of a pelvic joint dysfunction was made. He was treated, with eventual resolution of all symptoms.
- Recognizing that very few physicians are trained in diagnosing pelvic joint dysfunctions, my judgment is that these are the most frequently Amisdiagnosed (or nondiagnosed) conditions in the United States, effecting millions of patients annually."

Where it comes from?


This is a X-ray picture from my friend, who has been suffering many years from low back pain after a motorcycle accident. His low back pain and ischias started 2 years after that accident. Doctors found nothing wrong from from him nor from this picture! Well, the spine looks normal, but mild scoliosis...(never diagnosed to him). This picture was taken while he was lying on the table. Can you see anything else wrong that doctors didn't see??? I am so amazed they didn't find anything wrong from the picture!!! Scoliosis is mild because his pelvic misalignment happened only few years ago...


Here my MRI taken when I was lying in the "tube". Nothing wrong here too???

The problem is that those pictures don't usually show iliac bones. And even if they do, doctors don't see them. The bones are very badly misaligned, but the doctors are looking for the reason for pains from spine! They don't even see that misalignment???

More pictures...

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction/dislocation! - SIJD

Different names fo SIJD:
- sacroiliac joint dysfunction/dislocation/syndrome/hypermobility
- rotated innominate/pelvis/ilium
- pelvis upslip/torsion
- pelvic inequality - misaligned/malaligned pelvis
- tilted/twisted pelvis

How to recognise: You have
-leg length discrepancy/inequality (LLI/LLD)
-twisted pelvis
-bad posture
-PAIN!
(If you have two of the above, you most likely have it!!)
Then again, if you have that first, you must have second too. And that second causes third... And eventually you will have that last too!

To How to diagnose SIJD
To My story page
Symptoms of SIJD
Collection of SIJD Research found from WWW

Here some experiences from SIJD patients all over the world!

PubMed
"These results suggest an association between hip rotation ROM imbalance and the presence of low back pain."

"I have been recently diagnosed with sacroiliac joint dysfunction. I have had a lower back problem for 12 years and someone finally diagnosed me."
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"After 7 yrs of chronic sciatic pain, multiple rounds of conservative treatment, and numerous visits to neurosurgeons and physiatrists, I have just gone to a chiropracter for the first time and was diagnosed with Sacroiliac Syndrome."
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"Ten years ago i damaged my back/pelvis playing football, up untill then i had no previous injuries. My doctor incorrectly diagnosed a sprain and after seeing several other therapists there was no change in the pain. After 18 months i was sent down to london to see a physio who specialised in sports injuries, to my relief he found something. He diagnosed a posterior rotation in the rhs sacro-illiac joint (s.i.j.dysfunction) and because it was misdiagnosed the symphysis pubis had become affected and was now chronically painfull ( ostitus pubis. )"
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"A chiropractor I saw told me this was the cause of my pain but an orthopedic doctor, neurologist, and neurosurgeon told me it wasn't. It turns out I really had sacroiliac joint dysfunction due to loose ligaments on those joints. "
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"Although President John F. Kennedy suffered from sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD) more than forty years ago, it still remains a mystery to most medical providers and diagnosticians, even specialists. Pain that began after pregnancy or childbirth, a fall on the buttock, a motor vehicle accident, or improper lifting sometimes creates mystery symptoms that can’t be diagnosed. This may be SI Joint Dysfunction. The symptoms and ‘syndrome’ associated with SIJD are very rarely addressed by standard orthopedic literature, and the SI joint is often overlooked as a source of chronic lower back pain. Its symptoms are often confused with those arising from a disc problem. Many patients suffer from severe chronic pain because no physical findings can be found to explain their symptoms."
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"A research therapist who has studied the SI for 40 years puts it this way: About 10% of physical therapists state that they know how to treat SIJD and of those 10%, only about 2% really know what they are doing. "
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"Silvia, my wife experiences head, neck, shoulder, thoracocervical pain, ribs, chest, hip, and groin pain. ALL FROM SIJD and none from HMS."
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"I had horrendous luck with PT until I found the right PT, who understood SIJD."
"I'm so sorry to hear about all your troubles. Alot of us have SIJD and piriformis problems. I don't want to repeat history so check out the recent post "prolo therapy for post op patients"."
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"Well, it can be quite difficult to get SI J problems diagnosed & recognised. You see, so many Drs & Specialists don't believe that this joint can move at all let alone move & cause pain. I was first diagnosed by an excellent physio who then wrote a report to the Drs & Specialists I was seeing at the time. My GP took it on board to try to find out more about it, his wife also being a physio, was able to explain it more fully to him, so he has been very sympathetic, but the Orthopaedic specialist I was seeing at that time had not been long in the field & had no idea nor did he want to listen.
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"I have sacroiliac joint dsyfunction. When my pelvis is out of alignment due to the illium going forward or a rotation of the sacrum, the pain is through the roof. "
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"I went back to my GP & explained how I was feeling & he decided that I should try a different physio. This was the best thing I did as the new physio was the one to find that I had an upslip in the right SI J which meant that the pelvis was slipping up & at times rotating a little."
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"As somebody said above, a "leg length discrepancy" may be a pelvic misalignment. So its not that your legs are actually different lengths, its that your pelvis is tilted, which makes one leg seem longer than the other. I definitely have this, but I do not know yet how to fix a tilted pelvis. I am sure that this problem has caused my hip bursitis, which has been with me for a year now. I tried using a lift in my left shoe, but that did not solve the problem."
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"If one of the illiums rotate forward, the sacroiliac joint malfunctions, your legs become different lengths, you bend round to make your head level and end up with aching shoulders and neck, an apparent curved spine. The muscles that attach to the Ilium and/or sacrum are at full stretch and usually become sore and cause the sciatica. If you straighten the pelvis everything else should follow."
Link

"I've been suffering from hypermobile sacroiliac joints/sacroiliac dysfunction ever since my osteopath 'restored the normal range of motion' (not) in October 1999< and I've been amazed at how little is known about this painful and disabling condition."
Link

"Therapeutic massage corrected the misaligned pelvis, and showed that his left leg was shorter because the pelvis was twisted, not the other way around."
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"My Pysical Therapist works primarily on realignment of the sacroiliac joint, which joins your pelvis to the base of your spine. He operates on the assumption that most back pain is due to this joint being "dislocated" or misaligned. All I know is that I can move better today than I have in several months."
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"They worked wonders on me after I fell down the stairs and twisted my pelvis...i could hardly walk or sit down for months before i saw them, my coccyx was so painful that I used to sit and cry for hours. They even picked up on the state of my pelvis after the traumatic birth of my son 38 years ago, they said most of the damage was done then , and the fall down the stairs was just the icing on the cake."
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"Me too. Fell down stairs on holiday and didnt have a back problem immediately but just a horrible bruise on my btm. A while later my back went into spasm and has been doing so now and again for the past 15 years - aching constantly in between times. My Osteopath said my pelvis was twisted and that made one leg shorter than the other so he gave me a heel lift to wear all the time. Its ok but I have been getting a bit lazy with the heel lift lately because its not really comfey and last month had a reoccurance of the big back spasm the day before I was to go on holiday. Typical! I would love to correct my twisted pelvis and would be willing to do any amount of exercise to do so but the osteo doesnt seem to be able to help me with that idea."
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"I had a misaligned pelvis after falling down the stairs, I found the osteopath wonderful, especially after suffering pain for so long. I have a hyper-mobile pelvis and as soon as I get the slightest twinge im off to the osteopath. Usually a couple of treatments is sufficient."
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"have had a disfunctional SI joint since I can remember and have been told my many 'learned people' that the SI joint does not move at all!!!! Well my pains tell me different!
I spent 8 months of last year in bed 'litterally' unable to even sit up at times to eat, my Husband had to care for me all of the time. Yet they still couldn't find out what it was. Even when I told them what it was, I was told it wasn't possible! I spent many trips to doctors, surgeons, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physio's etc etc & I won't even mention the amount of money I spent on it all! Different painkillers, muscle relaxers, even 2 epidurals! You name it, they gave it to me. The final straw came when I saw 'my last hope' a surgeon who was supposed to be a miracle worker???? After explaining my problem to him, he promptly offered me surgery to fuse my discs in my L5/S1 area (I have a small rupture) every doc I saw focused on this area as it was the only thing that showed up on an MRI! I told him I couldn't see how this would fix the problem of the Sacroilliac joint, he replied "Well there's nothing I can do about that" He wouldn't even acknowledge that it could cause my pain & instability. I left in tears thinking that that was how I had to live my life. I refused the surgery ( I certainly wasn't going to let them lose cutting my back open when they weren't even sure of the problem) and started my search for an alternative approach."
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"When going in for PT for patella femoral syndrome, my PT determined that I have a "twisted pelvis.""
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"Q: I’ve received seven months of treatment for a sacroiliac joint sprain, but every time I start running again it reappears. Many people have told me just to put up with the pain, but I’m sure this isn’t the right thing to do."
A: I suspect that a more probable cause of your continuing problem is ‘kinetic dysfunction’ of the SI joint – simply put, it isn’t aligned or moving correctly. If you don’t get this addressed, the pain won’t go. The key to treating this problem is accurate analysis and appropriate treatment such as manipulation or mobilisation. These will help to restore normal function to the joint.
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"You can have a similar problem with a twisted pelvis too: if one hip socket is behind the other, that can cause a problem for the knee that is farthest back. I wouldn't be willing to venture a guess on how common these problems are, but I'd be inclined to think they are scarce, and that the cause of your problem lies elsewhere. "
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"My daughter, 16 was found to have a shifted pelvis 6 years ago. It was up on oneside and also rotated forward. She has had it realigned several times by PT and chiro but it never seems to stay. "
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"I know in hindsight that my first symptoms in 1995 were probably in fact PNE. However, as they PNE was left untreated and I was misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia and vulvodynia, I was advised to exercise to help the blood to flow. In the summer of 1998 I went into a terrible flare up, luckily it only took four months to get the diagnosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction."
Link - Nickname: Annl

"I went to this doctor with back and leg pains (caused, it later turned out, by a misaligned pelvis, loose shoulder-blades and some curvature of the spine), he said 'It's just growing pains, there's nothing wrong with you'. Needless to say, we now go to a different doctor,..."
Link - Nickname: Buzzfloyd

"My wife who is 54 and has always been fit and active now has a distressing condition, following a minor traffic accident 2 years ago, which causes her severe pain and discomfort. The cause appears to be a twisted pelvis such that the right hip is about 3 cm higher than the left making one leg appear to be shorter than the other."
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"These joints can often get stuck, or in some cases one half of the pelvis may glide forwards or backwards, which is often described as a twisted pelvis. When this occurs it often irritates the iliolumbar ligament which results in inflammation and pain. This is usually indicated by tenderness around the bony lumps which you can feel if you place your thumbs either side of your lower back."
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"If muscles of one limb or side of the body are more tensed than muscles on the other side, you may have a nerve problem or misaligned bones. For example, a twisted pelvis will cause one hamstring to be more tensed than the other. Stretching overly tensed muscles cannot fix the cause of their abnormal tension. In this example, it neither realigns the pelvis nor addresses the cause of this misalignment, which can be neurological or mechanical. While stretching may make you temporarily feel better, it will not remove a potential cause of injury. This is why stretching, and especially static stretching, before working out does not prevent injuries."
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"I have a similar thing, which osteopath told me was sacroilial joint dysfunction."
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"In December doctors in the USA found out that twisted pelvis bone was the reason to the injury in my right hip, which had caused pains for more than a year. I corrected it by chiropractor, and since then I haven't felt any pain at all."
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"Go to a Chiropractor, my posture was crap and I always thought it was because I was lanky. I then found out I had a twisted pelvis for the past 7 years and the reason why my posture was bad was due to my pelvis and my muscles compensating this."
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"Bascially, I have been suffering from lower back pain for some time - and periodically it goes completely into spasm. Having visited a couple of osteopaths the concensus is that my pelvis is twisted (so that it tends to face towards my left foot) and also one hip (the right) is held higher than the other. Thus, my lower back problems stem from this."
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"I wonder if there are few doctors would diagnose anyone with an SI joint issue. It seems to be something PTs will term a patient as having, but I wonder if doctors are aware of this issue. I only wonder based on my own experience of having a brother in law as an orthopedic doctor and scratching his head at the idea of having an SIJD. How can that be when the SI ligaments are the strongest in the body, he wonders."
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"had SIJD for over 3 years now and it was misdiagnosed for much of Although sacroiliac joint dysfunction may be present in as many as 40% of individuals who experience back, buttock, and leg pain, it is frequently overlooked as a cause of these common symptoms. "
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"I was told by more than one physio that I probably have a ruptured disk - I didn't. In all I saw 5 physios while I had a twisted pelvis and a twisted sacrum causing SI joint pain and not even one of them could see the problem, it took an osteo a matter of seconds to see the problem but by this time it had been going on for months."
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"I also been dx with an SI joint dysfunction, and my MRI showed I have arthritis in my L4-5. SI joint problems do not show up well on MRI's as I have found out."
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"In 1998 I lived for most of the year in level 10+ pain. You all know the nightmare, so I don't need to elaborate on symptoms. I did have a caring doctor, but neither of us had a clue to why my body was experiencing all the spasm and alignment issues. Miraculously, she referred me to a PT, who specialized in treating Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction."
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"It is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Find a physiatrist who "believes in" sacroiliac joint problems and who has connections for you for treatment"
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"I've received the following diagnoses: Piriformis syndrome, bulging lumbar discs, degenerative disc disease, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and facet joint dysfunction."
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(All those symptoms are related to pelvis misalignment ie. SIJD, even PSOAS syndrome because it is tighten when ilium bone rotates forward)

"Does anyone know about Sacroiliac joint problems? My Chiro says mine are "unstable" and that is causing my new low back pain. He has been trying to straighten some of the curve in my lower back (hyperlordosis) and while he says that Im better, I FEEL worse."
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"I have SI joint dysfunction, osteoitis pubis and L5/S1 disc problems. I have tried pills, injections, massage, chiro, physio....etc. Not one bit of change."
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"Can anyone recommend a specialist who I can see in Australia about SIJ instabity. I have had this problem for 4 years now and it is agony!"
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"I've had problems starting back in last Sept. (started in my foot) I've been to two chiropractors, an orthopaedic doc, and am currently doing one-on-one pilates. All I hear from the docs is that my problem is temporary and minor"
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"Once the dysfucntion hits the SIJ's, chronic pain spreads everywhere."
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"Personally, my SIJ was diagnosed as locked and was causing several abnormalities in the right knee. Since doing the above sequence regularly, some symptoms have gone, others are now minor. "
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"Fell down stairs on holiday and didnt have a back problem immediately but just a horrible bruise on my btm. A while later my back went into spasm and has been doing so now and again for the past 15 years - aching constantly in between times. My Osteopath said my pelvis was twisted and that made one leg shorter than the other so he gave me a heel lift to wear all the time"
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"I have had SI pain for 3 yrs 4 months. Once a 2:50:00 marathoner now unable to run to the mailbox. Physical Therapy and stretching makes it worse. Chiroptactic adjustments don't last. Osteopaths have done little more than a chiropractor. Some Infrared and/or ultrasound also done. The best cure has been a SI belt stabilizer. X-Ray, CAT scan, and bone scan show nothing."
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"I suffer with Sacroiliac Joint Dysfuynction (SIJD) so I know how it is to be crippled with back pain. Thankfully, my back isn't as bad as it used to be."
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"SIJ problems commonly develop during pregnancy, with a displaced pelvis resulting. SIJ dysfunction and/or unstable pelvis can very much affect the L5/S1 level, particularly the facet joints. "
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"I also have endo and pain in my right leg, actually hip area. My hip pops in and out. I was told I have a "twisted pelvis" and went to a chiropractor for a long time. He says my sacra illiac "toggles" back & forth of it's own will. "
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This one is like me!
"You mention that your x rays ruled out the SIJ. Mate I have lost count how many x rays I had that didn't show my SIJ as being abnormal (out of place). If I hadn't believed that there was definately a problem there I would still be banging my head against the wall wondering why I was in so much pain "
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"I believe it to be an SI Joint Dysfunction, self diagnosed through research. I have been to two PTs and the doctor and none have helped. "
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"However, a woman with undiagnosed SIJD from Atlanta, had the PNE surgery in Houston. She was diagnosed after surgery as her pain was getting progressively worse. She is now facing possible fusion/fixation of the SI joint due to the severing of the ligament during surgery. This complication is rare, but worth noting if a patient even slightly suspects that SIJD may be a possible pain generator."
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"I have been diagnosed with a hypomobile SI joint & pelvic rotation."
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"In the professional world of ballet, an aspiring dancer is only allotted very few complications with their body such as minor injuries and body type. During the fall of last year, I injured my lower back and was diagnosed with a sacroiliac joint sprain (S.I. Sprain). The doctor told me to stay out of my dance classes for a minimum of six weeks. I was devastated and anxious about whether this was a sign about my future as a dancer. I did the treatment anyway, ice and muscle relaxers, as I was expected to do. The pain did not subside after the first two weeks, and I began to wonder if it would ever disappear."
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"Bascially, I have been suffering from lower back pain for some time - and periodically it goes completely into spasm. Having visited a couple of osteopaths the concensus is that my pelvis is twisted (so that it tends to face towards my left foot) and also one hip (the right) is held higher than the other."
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"Though in my case, similar symptoms were diagnosed as sacroiliac joint dysfunction."
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"I thought I was starting to get scoliosis in my back since I had had spine surgery 17 years ago, so went to an orthopedic spine specialist had X-rays and he said my spine was fine, but I appeared to have one leg longer than the other because one of my hip bones was higher than the other on the X-ray (I was not born with this). After doing some more research I think what I have is a twisted pelvis. My right hip is about an inch higher than the left when standing straight."
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"I have gained a much better understanding of prolotherapy directed for those suffering from Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction. The SI's form a complicated force couple for ambulation and stability. This stable position is called the self-bracing position."
"For all of you out there that have a hypermobile SI or an injured SI, visit this site http://www.kalindra.com/sacroiliac.htm and read the articles by Richard DonTigny."
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"I've had SIJD for over 3 years now and it was misdiagnosed for much of that time. I've tried every non-invasive technique there is I believe - PT, steroid injections, prolotherapy, exercise, SI joint belts etc. The condition has changed over the course of treatments, but the imbalance and hypermobility have not improved enough to where I can sit down for more than 30 minutes at a time. I'm 27 years old, and I am far from giving up."
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"Can anyone recommend a Therapist or Doctor in Maine who can diagnose and treat SI Dysfunction. Everyone I have been to does not understand this and all they want to do is load me up with pills instead of diagnosing the cause of my pain (which fits all of the symptoms of SI Dysfunction). I really feel lost, frustrated and alone. I have had an MRI, lower back and hip x-rays and they can find nothing except DDD."
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"I'm seeing a chiropractor daily.He has diagnosed me with a twisted pelvic, my tailbone is completely out of place, all my vertebrae from my neck down to my pelvic are completely twisted. I don't know what kind of doctor I should be seeing. Doctors who actually see the shape I am in,assume that I was born with scoliosis,as my body has become that twisted. I have proof that I never had any deformities before."
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"I have just been treated for a twisted pelvis and now my problem is the same as others here .... the ache at the top of my leg right by my bum ... it's worse when i run up hill I can manage to run approx 6 miles ... but hurts like hell after"
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"Physio 1 -4 - your posture (forward pelvic tilt) and a bulging disk is the problem
Chiro 1 - I have no idea but give me all your money
Osteo 1 - Right SI joint/twisted sacrum sunken arch on left foot
Osteo 2 - Right SI joint/twisted illium sunken arch on right foot
Chiro 2 - Left SI joint causing left leg to be shorter than right"
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"I suffer frequently with pain in my hip and butt area mainly due to piriformis syndrome, as a result of my twisted pelvis and leg length difference."
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"Lie flat on the floor with arms by your sides. Get a helper to hold your ankles and gently shake and pull the legs and lay them straight (pencil-straight and in line with the body's mid line) with the ankles close together. They now hold the ankles and press into the area just below the bony protuberance at the inside of the ankles (malleolus) and slide the thumbs up until they are pressing into the lower ramp of each malleolus. If each thumb (pointing downwards) is not perfectly level with the other, your hips are out of alignment. (Only 1 in 28 people have an actual anatomical leg length difference). This test will identify the more common hip 'drop'. Diagnosing a twisted pelvis is a bit more complicated. Your body will compensate for this apparent leg length differential by tensing muscles in the hips and legs unequally and bending the lower back in relation to the hips in an action that cascades up the spine until you have the posture of a human hairpin. The legs will be at different angles relative to vertical, the biomechanics and muscular efficiency of the lower back, hips and legs will be compromised and you will never ski to your full potential."
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"working my summers at a little horse ranch I was having bad back problems. Anyway, it turns out due to a childhood injury I've got a twisted pelvis, and to compensate my spine between my shoulder blades has curved a bit and my right foot was turning inward."
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"I am sure finding that more people seem to have this brought on by some sort of trauma. I know I had a twisted pelvis after the accident, but I had no idea that shortly after the real pain would start... My pain is all over now. Seem every joint in my body feels pain on really bad days. Feet,knees, shoulder you name it. Man and oh man the muscle twitching is about driving me mad!"
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"SM my hip pain was in the joint too. I had a twisted pelvis from when I fell off a horse 4 years ago. I landed on my hip and gave it a good one thump {got me a week off work :o)} When I ran I got a dull ache right inside the bone, I could carry on running with out too much difficulty I just couldn't get away from the ache what ever I did. When I finished my run I would have a job walking and putting any weight on the leg at all as the leg would give way. The chiropractor sorted it out a treat and I wonder now how I ever ran a stride in that much pain!!!"
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"I started seeing this physio in June and she diagnosed the same thing, sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD) and the coccyx pain is from the inflammation around the sacrum and tight sacrospinous ligaments. I have been seeing her once a week since and she has unlocked the right side joint but I still have alot of inflammation all over the sacral area, severe muscle imbalance (her words) and the joints still don't function properly yet."
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"We are not sure exactly what causes SPD but current thinking indicates that if one side of the pelvis moves more than the other when you walk or move your legs, this can lead to pain and inflammation at the symphysis pubis (Buyruk et al, 1999; Damen et al, 2001). X-rays and scans may not diagnose the problem as this rotation does not show up on most scans."
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"I had SIJD and caused much pain. My Chiropractor (doc#10) diagnosed it right off and fixed it. He also worked out scar tissue in ligaments attached to the sacrum.
"By the way, SI joint dysfunction changes the loads on the lumbar disks in a way the are not designed to handle. People with SIJD have a high rate of lumbar disk buldges/ ruptures, etc. ( I am in that group)."
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"When I had my first child, I lived in chronic pain for the last half of my pregnancy and the first 8 months of my baby's life. The right side of my pelivis dropped 1.5 cms and rotated forward 30 degrees! Find yourselves a phsio who has a certificate in pelvic problems and they can manipulate your pelvis back to the correct position. "
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"Does anyone have some info regarding sacro-iliac joint dysfunction? After numerous tests of my Lumbar region( I just had an EMG), my OSS seems to feel all my pain and weakness is stemming from the sacro-iliac joint right side. I sometimes feel as if my R leg is dislocating and my chronic low back pain actually starts from there. I'm scheduled for an MRI for the pelvis on Tuesday."
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"I just went through this myself. My S-I joint likes to shift and I am in so much pain when I put pressure on it or try to move it laterally. I just went to my chiro today and had an adjustment. I feel so much better. I am going again tomorrow to make sure that the adjustment kept in place."
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"I am positive sacral nerves are involved here. I still have bladder problems and hip pain. The pain clinic doc said he thinks I have a problem in my sacroiliac joint. This is the joint your sacral nerves pass through. Dr. Gillespie told me as well that S1 nerve root irritation could be a factor and I read that Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction can affect your S1 nerve distribution."
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"I started seeing this physio in June and she diagnosed the same thing, sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD) and the coccyx pain is from the inflammation around the sacrum and tight sacrospinous ligaments."
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"So, I have MAJOR sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Myofacial Pain Syndrome and I also have extremely low bone density scores for my age. All the doctors I see tell me I'm too young to have these problems yet.."
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"Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction obtains it's "chronicity" due to the above analogy. If someone has SIJD, it is very difficult to get the subluxation corrected. HOWEVER, AND THIS IS AN IMPORTANT HOWEVER; STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT IT IS PATHOLOGICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DO THE KINDS OF EXERCISES NEEDED TO FET RID OF THE CHRONIC PAIN AND DYSFUNCTION ASSOCIATED WITH SIJD WITH THE SI JOINTS SUBLAXED!!!"
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"I have never had much luck with PTs -- quite the opposite really. But maybe I should try again. One who specializes with pelvic floor problems was recommended to me a while ago by a doctor who thoroughly understands SIJD. Maybe I should try that PT at some point."
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"Hip misallignment from birth (I guess you could call it a defect) and I ended up with ITBS. The doctor thinks the pelvic rotation is the cause."
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"Have also been suffering from SIJD for the last 2 years or so. Plenty of leg pain and atrophy and back pain..."
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Some other “crazy” who tries to tell you about this SIJD problem...
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"I have been diagnosed with SIJD and am having trouble even walking. I do not have much pain (1 on a scale of 1-10) but my buttock muscles are in constant spasms and press on my nerve and send weakness signal down my leg. My walking gait is not normal at all."
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"HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF A TWISTED OR ROTATED PELVIS. IT IS VERY PAINFUL AND I HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH IT RECENTLY. I KNOW TILTED PELVIS IS MORE COMMON, BUT THIS IS DIFFERENT, MY PELVIS TWISTS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT AND CAUSES PAIN IN THE LOWERBACK, FEMUR BONES, HIPS AND THE REAR PELVIS. ANY ADVICE?"
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"I'd been diagnosed with so many things, it was getting ridiculous.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction was just one of the dx's. Twice I was diagnosed with Coccydynia, twice with Levator Ani Syndrome, once with Piriformis Syndrome, once with Myofascial Pain Syndrome, and once with Pelvic Floor Myalgia."
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"if the sacroiliac joints (pelvis) are unstable, it will create misalignment of the spine above it, including the neck."
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"After my last surgery (cystoscopy/lapscope with lysis of adhesions) 2 yrs. ago, I came out with severe hip pain and pain/burning in back of thigh, right under my butt cheek. I was also diagnosed with Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction in '87."
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"Sounds like classic SI-sciatic nerve stuff. Most likely, the ligaments in your sacroiliac joint are lax causing the joint to move more than it should (it's supposed to be "immobile"...shouldn't move more than 2 mm)with subsequent impingement on the sciatic nerve, which runs the length of your leg. "
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"I was diagnosed with a hypermobile right SI joint and a locked left SI"
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"From what you have told me, this is my best guess. The (un)natural angle of your right foot suggests that you may have an externally rotated right hip or a twisted ilium on the right side."
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"I have just started seeing a chiropractor for pelvic torsion (caused by a posterior birth almost 9 years ago). I am 33 weeks pregnant."
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"-I,ve read the article now, seems more common than I thought. Can't think how I,ve managed to twist my pelvis. started as lower back discomfort, diagnosed as misaligned pelvis -I have just been treated for a twisted pelvis and now my problem is the same as others here .... the ache at the top of my leg right by my bum"
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"I have seen various physios and chiros aswell some good some bad and most just want the business haha. The last chiro i started seeing was better than most and instead of being happy giving me adjustments twice a week set out to try and solve some of my problem. Aswell as having herniated disc l4 , l5 , he discovered that my right leg was slightly shorter than my left 13mm to be exact , and that i also have a slightly twisted pelvis probably due to compensating for the leg length"
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"I was a competitive runner in highschool from age 12 onwards. At age 15 I would run 1 of 4 races in a meet & then find I could barely walk. It seemed one leg was shorter than the other. I went to a chiropractor 3 times/week in order to continue racing. The following year I quit & haven't run seriously since, although I have done nearly every other dance, sport, or body exploration I could manage. With the continued movement, but not the jarring of running, the sacrum discomfort was alleviated. It is still aggravated by sitting too long. In highschool I had an MRI & in college I saw a "spine" doctor at Cornell Med in NY & then a chiropractor & later on an osteopathic doctor. The MD reiterated that I have a mild, beginning scoliosis (Lumbar curves to L slightly), which I had managed to keep from developing by studying ballet & maintaining tall posture. The osteopath (2 years ago) took an x-ray & said one leg was longer than the other, causing my pelvis to twist. He gave me a heel lift (L foot) & said I would have to wear it the rest of my life. "
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"I have mild rotational scoliosis and one leg longer than the other twisted pelvis. I have undiagnosed symptoms very similar to yours. My history of diagnosis are - hernia, groin strain, facet joint degeneration, psoas bursitis."
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"She is, however in a lot of pain in her back. They thought it was due to her cancer growing but found it was not growing and there was no more progression there, no fractures or anything. But she has a twisted pelvis."
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"I have a twisted pelvic, which makes my lowerback sore with most bending motions and for me to hit that poundage all the time would be suicide."
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"Most people's pelvis' are twisted to some degree." Link

"I've got high arches so I wear custom orthodics (been to a sports med doc for tarsal tunnel syndrome in r. foot), I also have a twisted pelvis that I go to a physiotherapist for help with to avoid ITB problems in left leg. I get massage therapy usually 2x month."
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"Recently I found out that I have a twisted pelvis and my left hip higher than my right, so that would make sense. " Link

"I sometimes have a stiff neck and pain just to the right of my spine at the level of my shoulder blades, but when it happens, I have learned to work on easing tension in my lower spine, because that is where the problem originates (twisted pelvis)."
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"I went up to my Dr the other day cause my back was bloody killing me and she handed me 2 panadeine fortes and said that it shoudl help. I asked her of side effects and she said 2 is fine every couple of days but no more than that.. It should ease the back ache etc for a day or two.. Well, it did for me anyways, I have a bad back due to a twisted pelvis."
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"I have been going to a chiropractor for about 6wks now as I have a twisted pelvis, hopefully once it is fixed (if it can be fixed) riding wont be such a pain!"
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"There was a program about this cat on TV last week. It was a really cool cat that was found abandoned because it had a twisted pelvis and couldn't use it's back legs"
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"I have mild rotational scoliosis and one leg longer than the other twisted pelvis. I have undiagnosed symptoms very similar to yours. My history of diagnosis are - hernia, groin strain, facet joint..."
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"In 1976 an experiment to test the claims of chiropractors was carried out in Philadelphia by the Committee Against Health Fraud. A healthy 4-year old girl was taken to five chiropractors. The first diagnosed 'pinched nerves to her stomach and gallbladder', the next a 'twisted pelvis', the third thought she would suffer 'headaches, nervousness, equilibrium and digestive problems due to spinal misalignment' in the future, yet another said she had a 'short leg' which if uncorrected would cause her to suffer 'bad periods and rough childbirth', and the last said that she required immediate treatment for a misaligned hip and neck. "
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"OK here are some more for me:
Scoliosis
Twisted pelvis and 1 side out permanently (the shorter leg in lower in the pelvis).
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"So I managed to get hold of my sister who is a massage therapist and can deal with sports injuries etc. She looked at me and said I'm hurting myself because I have what looks like a twisted pelvis"
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"What I'm talking about is such things as rounded/drooping or forward shoulders, twisted pelvis, rotating hips, everted feet, angled neck, etc. Structural problems."
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"When standing in back of me, my right hip is straight and my left is rotated backwards (upwards?), resulting in my right leg being 1 cm longer when walking/cycling. Unfortunately, my hip has been this way for so long, it is locked in place. Our team's PT prescribed some exercises for me, but he felt that it would probably be frozen in this position. I had back pain for a long time and still suffer from time to time to the point I cannot ride for a few days. "
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"I am hypermobile with SIJ dysfunction and piriformis syndrome. "
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"Does anyone have any protocols or suggestions about sacroiliac dysfunction? Hypomobile and hypermobile PLEASE HELP!!!! "
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"i was diagonosed with left side PNE by dr. weiss lin august of 05, and SIJD with a hyper-mobility on my left side."
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"Here's a question for all. History of fall backwards on the right ischium. You measure in supine 2 cm.s less distance right ASIS to umbilicus than on the left. They complain of back pain since the fall, increased with weightbearing and walking. Tenderness to pressure along the right SI joint. Fall was six months ago, they had PT treatment of hot pack,e-stim, and US, and back exercises at a hosp OP clinic. Now you have a referral, OK, what's everyone going to do for treatment? "
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Good stuff!
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"All SI dysfunction caused by a subluxation is anterior in nature. "
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"I went to a chiropractor (sports certified) who diagnosed me with a bone spur on a vertabrae and SI joint dysfunction (my left hip is higher than the right hip). "
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"I have had SI joint problems for 4 years. I saw many chiro, PT, MD's with no luck. I finally went to..."
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"Find yourself a good physical therapist that is experienced with SI dysfunction. "
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"i have had trouble on and off for two years with my SI joint going "out." I would see a chiropractor and have it put back in, only to have it go out again within a week or two. After two years of this I switched chiropractors and was told one hip was higher than the other."
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"I have excessive and painful movement around my right SI joint(hypermobility?) "
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"Is hot spots which I am told is inflamation a symptom of SI JOINT Dysfunction"
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"I have been unable to hardly walk with my SI joint dysfunction....and it I am just in lots of pain. "
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"I know my back is "guarding" from the herniated dics and I have heard the expression "SI joing dysfunction" before which may be one of the results. All the doctors I see say this is causing pelvic disalignment- and yesterday for the first time i went to see an osteopath who tried to straighten me out a little bit and she gave me a pressure point injection. "
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"I have found that many people suffer from SI joint dysfunction problems but in two majopr different ways. Many have the sacrum and ilium overly compressed into each other restricting free flowing movement and wearing out the cartilage between them; while there exists also a large population of over stretch of the SI joint where there is instability at the joint."
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"in my case, my slipped disks and deranged spinal column and SI Joint dysfunction... "
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Some other patient tells about his experience on his SIJD:
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"Not sure if I have SIJD but pretty sure. I've been told by my chiro and a physical therapist that my left pelvis is posteriorly rotated which causes inflammaton in SIJ and a 1/2" leg length difference. I did not have this poblem until very recently after I got knee surgery to fix a torn meniscus. Does anyone have any answers as to how to fix this problem? As of right now, I have pain in my SI joint which runs through my butt muscles and down to my calf where my achilles attaches. Also my foot goes numb whenever i am not lying on my back. It is extremely painful and is causing many problems in my life. The worst part is that I used to be very active playing football in college. If there are any answers to the problem please let me know as I am in extreme pain."
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One SIJD-story
I was injured at Thanksgiving time in 1996 during my work day, but the doctor's office was closed. The pain, however, was so severe that I couldn't wait to get help so I went to my local emergency room. They didn't listen to the facts of my story. I was told to take advil, take it easy, and recheck with my doctor in a few weeks if I still had any problems.
As soon as the doctor's office re-opened following the holiday I was there. Unfortunately, I was seeing a doctor who later got asked to retire early or be fired. He didn't listen to my problems either. He said that it had to be a "female" problem. He tested me for cysts on my ovaries, vaginal infection, constipation, polyps or cysts in the womb... he just didn't seem to get it that the pain started from an injury.After three months of getting nowhere with him, I went to the family physician next door to him. After five minutes with the new family doctor...he was making me an appointment at the specialists office. I was sent to spine technology and rehabilitation in ft. wayne. I was sent for an MRI and an ultrasound. The MRI was negative, but the ultrasound showed showed my pubic bones out of place, and on closer inspection I had almost an inch difference in leg lengths. I was sent to P.T. for six weeks, three times a week.
Unfortunately, I was still working through all this. I'd go to work at 6, drive 45 minutes to P.T. at 1, get back from it at 3:30, and work til 6. So what adjustments and help I got from P.T. were undone once I returned to work. After six weeks of this I began learning to do adjustments at home. As long as I worked hard at staying flexible, and did the adjustments and stretches twice a day, the pain wasn't totally unbearable. Fortin had me try S.I. belts and a tens unit. Neither did much good. The belt only cut into my hips and the tens unit irritated me to no end. Eventually he began fluoroscopically guided injections.
I was sent to P.T. countless times over the last nine years, but since they were still studying what helps and what doesn't most of it did more harm than good. As time wore on, I was put through prolotherapy. It seemed to help, but as it was an experimental procedure (which we found out afterwards), insurance refused to pay for it. Since I didn't have the money either...the treatments were stopped, and I began seeing Fortin's students and Physician's Assistants instead of the man himself. When we got the surprise news that I was pregnant after ten years of hearing that it was impossible, I immediately made an appointment with the doctor. I was nervous about how I'd handle carrying a child with my problems. I was sure that he'd help me out and get me through it, but instead he said that I needed to start seeing my family physician because he didn't want to be responsible for my meds while I carried my child. That was in 2000. By the grace of God, I stayed 136 pounds the whole pregnancy. As the child grew, I lost weight. I knew that if I gained a lot of weight during the nine months that I'd never survive the pain. I barely survived delivering her.
The local hospital didn't bother to check their supplies during my day and a half stay so I did the delivery au naturale...no pain meds. WOW! She rode my spine all the way out and I almost passed out from pain. I started my stretches and corrections as quick as I could following the delivery, but ever since then...things have been worse. I swell up all over, all my joints ache and pop, sometimes my legs go out on me and I hit the floor, I don't sleep much (which I know makes everything worse), I've gained some weight over the last four years and can't seem to lose it because I don't have the right meds to survive the pain that insues afterwards. Heck, just standing to make dinner or do the dishes is more than I can handle most days...but I get it done because I have a family that counts on me. At least I'm not being sent to the psychiatrist anymore...sorry, left that one out in the earlier story.
Fortin sent me to a psychiatrist for six months to make sure that my pain wasn't all in my head. By the time it was over the poor psychiatrist was ready for his own session because he felt so bad that he hadn't done me any good. I had to assure him that he had done exactly what he was supposed to...he'd shown that I wasn't crazy and that my pain was physical, not mental.
Anyhow...after the pregnancy my situation got worse because I'm not as fit or as flexible anymore. Until I get a doctor to listen to the research and understand SIJD and fibromyalgia, and all the problems that come with years of neglecting to fix the problems...I'll probably continue to get worse. With the help of this site and others like it I hope to get my new pain management doctor to actually work with me to get me back into shape. She sent me for an MRI that came back negative. She's finally trying to give me some meds that may work. This week she sent me for a nerve study and we found that the ?peroneal? nerve is being irritated by something. If I'm not mistaken I think that's caused by the gluteal muscles being so tight in some areas and weak in others. I know I need to loosen them and to build my abs, but I can't do it on my own. I need a good doctor, probably a good P.T., and the right meds to survive the pain.
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"Years ago I was in the middle of my yoga practice, legs wide apart, bending deeply down over my right leg in Upavistha Konasana (Open Angle Pose) when I heard it—a popping sound in my left lower back, like a wine bottle being opened. Alarmed, I came up but only noticed a dull ache over my sacrum. But it didn't go away. In fact, I was plagued with recurring bouts of pain. At the time I was in physical therapy school and had easy access to an orthopedist. His examination revealed little, and when I demonstrated the pose at his request, he smiled and expressed skepticism that I had lower back pain at all. Needless to say I felt somewhat hopeless about understanding what was causing this nagging pain. I continued to seek medical help over the next few years and even consulted with chiropractors and massage therapists. My chiropractor finally diagnosed my pain as being caused by my sacroiliac joint, but he had little success in treating it. "

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"I'm e-mailing from the UK and wondered whether you had ever come across a horse with a twisted pelvis."
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"She was a very timid little dog, who had possibly been harshly treated during training. She had a twisted pelvis and problems in her lumbar region, which were put right in three sessions. She was very sweet and gave her chiropractor a lick at the end to say thank you very much."
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"The vetting didnt pick up the fact he too had a twisted pelvis and was in pain from this old injury. it was only when i had a chiropractor and a physio look at him and treat him it was picked up."
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"My 16.2 horse was exactly the same. I had his back checked and he had a twisted pelvis."
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"She was such a good girl. He found that she had a couple of vertibrae in her neck were misplaced and three on her spine, plus a twisted pelvis ( which he was able to show me, when placing his hands on the point of her pelvis each side one hand was much further foward and higher up that the other."
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"Spider has an emergency appointment at the chiropractor today. Apparently in all that rain last week he got a little too rowdy and busted his tail in the field. The result is a twisted pelvis. Yep - you read that correctly...the whole darn thing is rotated to the right about 30 degrees, taking with it his lumbar vertebrae and putting pressure on his sciatic nerve. All this is causing intermittent numbness in his hind legs which is making him stumble a LOT, but he doesn't appear lame."
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"The sacroiliac joint is characterised by very strong ligaments and the widespread belief that it is immobile. In reality, whilst its mobility is not as obvious as is generally seen in joints, it does exhibit mobility and it is eminently prone to chiropractic subluxation. In this regard and in the overview of the biomechanical function of the spine it is a paramount joint. Subluxation of the sacroiliac joint is very commonly observed in the canine primarily because over extension of the hindquarter is one of the most common of athletic mishaps. Once established, its effect is quite dramatic."
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"So I hit thuh floor rilly hard on one back leg and dislocated mine sacroiliac joint. (That's thuh hip.) I had to spend a month inna cage. grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!"
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