M3 PT - December 2018


Approximately 80 percent of adults in the U.S. will experience lower back pain during their lives. In fact, lower back pain is a leading cause of missed workdays and the most common cause of job- related disabilities. While many people experience this localized type of pain, few know that it could stem from their sacroiliac (SI) joint. Dysfunction in the SI joint can produce many painful symptoms due to the joint’s connection to the pelvis, which transmits and absorbs forces between the spine and the lower body. Because the pelvis is responsible for providing attachment sites for 35 different muscles as well as protection for the abdominal organs, any kind of severe trauma — or even small, repetitive stresses — can cause a lot of pain in the lower limbs. What’s more interesting (and frustrating for patients) is that pain stemming from damage to the bones, ligaments, muscles, or nerves in the SI joint often relocates to another part of the body. So, even if you have damaged your SI joint, you may actually feel the pain elsewhere in your body! That’s why, here at M3 Physical Therapy, we spend a lot of time trying to

accurately pinpoint the cause of your pelvic pain by paying close attention to your symptoms. There is no single test that can diagnose SI joint dysfunction, but patients with SI joint injuries may experience pain in the lower extremities or back, stiffness, and instability. Our clinicians start by analyzing movement to identify mechanical and timing impairments of the musculoskeletal system. Because SI joint injuries are both prevalent and complex, we ensure at our facility that each patient receives an individualized treatment plan — one that explores the source of their pain rather than merely treating the symptoms. In fact, we had a patient come in recently complaining of lower back and pelvic pain. Once we diagnosed her with sacroiliitis, or sacroiliac joint dysfunction, we recommended physical therapy treatment. After only two days, she was able to sit comfortably again. If you would like more information about SI joint dysfunction or would like to schedule an appointment to find out about treatment options, please give us a call at 310-275- 4137. Remember that you can come to our West Hills clinic for a free screening for any condition, as well!




• 1 small head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cored and sliced • 1 leek, chopped • 1 medium onion, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth • 1/2 cup heavy cream

• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper, to taste


1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter into warm oil. Add onion and leek, season with salt and pepper, and cook until tender, about 10–12 minutes. 2. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add cauliflower, broth, and cream. Simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 15 minutes. 3. Using a blender, purée in batches until smooth. 4. Top servings with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of pepper.

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