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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction A Possible Source of Your Lower Back Pain

• Sacroiliac Join Dysfunction: A Possible Source of Your Lower Back Pain • HowHypermobility &Hypomobility of the Joints Occur • Patient Spotlights • Snow Shovelling Tips to Stay Injury Free

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Are you living with sacroiliac joint dysfunction? This condition, also known as SI Dysfunction, is a painful sensation felt in the sacroiliac joint region, which is located at the bottom of the spine. A diagnosis for this condition means that the joints connecting the sacrum to the pelvis are moving improperly. This condition can result in pain in the lower back, buttocks, and/or legs. Inflammation of the joints in this region can also occur, referred to as sacroiliitis. If you think you may be experiencing the symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction, don’t hesitate to contact Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy today. We’ll help improve your normal mobility so you can get moving comfortably again! What Exactly Is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction? It is important to first understand the anatomy of the sacroiliac joint region before you can understand exactly what this condition is and how it is caused. SACROILIAC JOINT DYSFUNCTION A Possible Source of Your Lower Back Pain

At the bottom of your spine, there is a small triangular bone known as the sacrum. It is located below the lumbar region of the spine and above the tailbone, and it consists of five fused vertebral segments. The sacrum is connected to the pelvic bone on both the left and right sides at the sacroiliac joints. So, what exactly do these joints do? Essentially, they act as shock absorbers. Because this is their main function, they are only meant to move small amounts. However, sometimes these joints begin to move too much or too little - that’s when SI Dysfunction occurs. When someone has hypermobility (too much mobility) in the joints, ligaments begin to loosen, which can cause issues with movement and protection to the bones.  When someone has hypomobility (too little mobility) in the joints, they begin to overcompensate. This can cause problems in nearby joints, resulting in abnormal movements and pain.

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HOW HYPERMOBILITY & HYPOMOBILITY OF THE JOINTS OCCUR

Hypermobility in the sacroiliac joints can occur for several reasons, including injury to the ligaments or pregnancy. Hypomobility in the sacroiliac joints can also occur for several reasons, including degenerative joint diseases (such as arthritis) or spinal fusion. While pain from SI Dysfunction typically manifests in the lower back, buttocks, or legs, it can also spread to surrounding muscles. This can result in pain and muscle spasms in areas that may seem unrelated. Find Relief for Your Pain Today: If you think you may be suffering from symptoms in your sacroiliac joints, contact Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy to find out for sure.

Your physical therapist will begin your initial session by conducting a physical exam, in order to determine the cause of your pain and determine the best course of treatment for your needs. From there, an individualized treatment plan will be designed specifically for you, including passive and active treatments to help manage and relieve your pain. Both the hypermobility and hypomobility that comes with sacroiliac joint dysfunction can pose significant limits to your daily life. Don’t let yourself live with pain and abnormal joint function - contact us today to find relief. We can get you back to normal as quickly as possible! Give us a call today at (402) 721-1112 to speak with one of our physical therapists. GET PT FIRST! The Average Cost of Physical Therapy vs. Other Healthcare Expenses:

Snow Shovelling Tips to Help You Stay Injury Free

3. Lighten your load. Consider using a lighter-weight plastic shovel instead of a metal one to help decrease the weight being lifted. 4. Consider multiple trips. Consider shoveling periodically throughout the storm to avoid having to move large amounts of snow at once. 5. Keep up with snowfall. Try to shovel snow shortly after it falls, when it is lighter and fluffier. The longer snow stays on the ground, the wetter it can become. Wet snow is heavier and harder to move.

Snow shoveling can lead to a number of health risks for many people, from back injuries to heart attacks.The following tips can help keep you safer when you set out to shovel: 1. Warm up. Warm your muscles before heading out to shovel by doing some light movements, such as bending side to side or walking in place. 2. Push rather than lift. Pushing the snow with the shovel instead of lifting can help reduce the strain on your body.

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Patient Spotlights

“I always feel very welcomed and my therapy sessions are thorough and professional... My symptoms have improved so much.”

“I really don’t think I would be where I am today without Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.” “The staff here is excellent. My physical therapist was amazing! I really don’t think I would be where I am today without Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. I recommend this place every chance I get.” - J. W.

“Everyone is so great here. I always feel very welcomed and my therapy sessions are thorough and

professional. My physical therapist always takes time to listen and explain things/answer all my questions. The assistants have been awesome and very friendly. I’ve been coming here for just about a month and my symptoms have improved so much. I really appreciate the home-friendly exercises they give me to do and the help with finding which ones work best forme. Ihighly recommendNebraskaOrthopaedicPhysicalTherapy!” - C. P.

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Exercise Essentials

Slow Cooker Coconut Ginger Chicken

QUAD STRETCH PRONE Lie on your stomach. Reach back and hold one of your ankles with your hand. Gently pull your ankle toward your buttock. You should feel a stretch in the front of your thigh.

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• 4 cloves garlic peeled • 2 inch cube ginger, roughly chopped • 1 small sweet onion peeled, quartered • 1 Tbsp olive oil • 2 Tbsp butter • 2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs • 2 cans coconut milk not shaken

• 2 Tbsp cornstarch • 1 can baby corn cobs • 1 cup peas or frozen vegetables • 1/2 tsp ground pepper • 1 tsp ground cumin

• 1 tsp ground coriander • 1 1/2 tsp ground tumeric • 1 tsp salt • 2 tsp curry powder

Pulse garlic, ginger and onion in a food processor until forming a paste. Heat olive oil and melt butter in a skillet. Add puree and stir well. Cook for a few minutes, then add spices. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add chicken to one side of the skillet. Cook chicken on all sides and coat with spices. Transfer ingredients to a slow cooker. Set aside cream from top of coconut milk. Pour remaining milk over chicken until barely covered. Drain corn cobs, chop in half, and add to slow-cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours. Whisk cornstarch with coconut cream until smooth and add to the chicken, stirring well. Add frozen peas or other vegetables. Cook for another 1/2 hour or until the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are hot. Recipe Courtesy of Melissa @ www.blessthismessplease.com

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