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May 08, 2005

Sacroiliac Strain

I just talked with Matt's dad who is a GP and via phone (it was an amusing interview i must admit!) i was diagnosed with having a Sacroiliac Strain. Essentially a strain of the lower back which hurts like hell and doent let me sit down or move like i move!

Obviously not deadly and apparently common in girls, or so the GP said. Damn me! Being the weaker sex i once again inflict pain upon myself. And there is very little i can do.

Sacroiliac strain is described by a painful stretching of the ligaments about the sacroiliac joint; bending, lifting, and hyperextension of this joint are motions capable of producing a torsion strain resulting in the clinical presentation of an acute onset with tenderness over the joint, accentuated by palpation.

Strain of this joint may be favored by the soft tissue hormone softening effects of pregnancy, by lifestyle, or occupational performance of long periods of bending and lifting. Especially when these activities are performed in a manner not characteristic of proper spinal biomechanical conduct, strain is apt to occur.

The article then goes on to say i have to have long and complicated treatments. All im really worried about is being able to sit down for more than 5 minutes wiuthout needing to stand up bceause of the pain. How am i going to manage in the exam room? Sitting down for 3 hrs strainght??? Not a chance!

I must avoid: exercises that strain the strain (huh?), bending it in weird and complicated ways, any type of pain!

I must do: excercises to help my back, stretches that strengthen my lower back and the sacroiliac muscle, gentle exercises.


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