I have been blessed to meet and converse with more and more people who suffer from Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction. I have learned so many rich and meaningful things from listening to each persons unique journey with pain. One of the more practical things I have begun to notice is that many of us tend to have other physical ailments in common (besides SIJD) and it extends all the way from the head down to the toes!
I wouldn’t term these additional physical problems we sometimes have as “SIJD Associated Conditions” but I would say that they are definitely RELATED to the fall out of having SIJD. Due to the improper body mechanics we adapt to function via compensating, our bodies are at risk of developing other problems as a RESULT of SI Joint sublixation and malaligned SI Joints (SI Joint instability). This seems to be especially true of SIJDer’s who are also hyper-mobile because the joints are more prone to injury with movements that can to easily go outside “normal range of motion”.
Since recovering from SIJD I have been able to address some of the residual effects SIJD had on my body after so many years of instability and yes, I have hyper-mobile joints too! One thing that I have had to address was knee pain, I just couldn’t figure it out! One day I casually asked my PT (V.Sims) what could be causing my knee pain, in 2 minutes she told me what was wrong and how to fix it! She ordered me to remove my shoes and socks (ugh!) and pull up my pant legs. She looked at my feet and quickly left to the back of the office! She returned with some orthotics in her hand saying, where these all the time (at home and out).
She went on to explain that my knee pain is from my “overpronation” in my feet! When I asked her how she picked up on that so quickly she gave me some brief tips…my symptoms of course were the first indicator but when looking at me stand without my shoes and socks on she could see that my heels were turned in and there was a large gap between my big toe and the pne immediatly beside it…wow, who knew that meant anything other than havig ugly toes??! Anyway, she also told me that she sees this often with patients who have Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction…my thoughts were, “great throw another log on the fire why don’t we??!!”
But the shoe inserts she told me to wear religiously have been like an instant cure for my knee pain AND the pins and needle I would get in my toes and feet (which I had thought was the residual of my L-spine stuff)…there’s just so much to learn isn’t there?
Here’s some info on this topic…