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Simplifying Sacroiliac Dysfunction (SIJ)

Course Description

deborah riczoThis 2-day course provides an excellent foundation for understanding, effectively diagnosing and treating people with sacroiliac dysfunction and addresses pelvic girdle pain in general. Literature is reviewed throughout the course and evidenced based approached is emphasized. Topics include anatomy and biomechanics, special tests/diagnosis, interventions including specific self-corrective exercises and patient handouts, ergonomic screening, pregnancy and postpartum considerations, strengthening including dynamic lumbar stabilization, and specific patient education including pain education, and transitioning to the community. Course consists of lecture, lab practice, group discussion, and video and is interactive in nature. The Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method ℠ (PGM Method℠) is discussed and evidence to support this simplified yet comprehensive approach is presented along with case lab time. You will develop quick screening tools that are clinically applicable and a simplified treatment approach for sacroiliac dysfunction that can be readily used “on Monday morning” after the course.


“Enjoyed the course and really felt like I could address SI better!” – SIJ Columbus, OH Course Participant 2016

“The instructor was very pleasant and professional.”– SIJ Columbus, OH Course Participant 2016

“I thought the instructor did an excellent job. She was very thorough , clear and approachable. She did a nice job of getting participants involved by encouraging them to comment on what they have seen and what treatments work for them.” – SIJ Columbus, OH Course Participant 2016

“The instructor did an excellent job presenting. She was very knowledgeable and encouraged participants to interact and share knowledge.” – SIJ Columbus, OH Course Participant 2016

Pre-Requisites & Requirements

Open to: Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, 3rd Year Physical Therapist Students.

Pre-requisites: None.

Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours and ineligibility to participate in the CAPP process (for those attending CAPP courses) will occur for participants who leave the course early.

Lab Participation: Participants will be working in groups of 2-3 during labs. All participants will participate in labs as both “clinician” and “patient.” These labs are appropriate for all participants to fully participate, including pregnant, post-partum and male participants. All participants will be required to complete the External Consent & Release Form.pdf (click to view). All participants must wear lab appropriate attire under their clothes/gym pants as lab is interspersed throughout the course days. Pregnant registrants are encouraged to participate in labs and opt out of activities as desired. Lab clothes should be 2 piece swim suit or shorts/sports bra.

Pre-Reading AssignmentsPre-readings are articles and cases that must be read and reviewed prior to Day 1 of the course. Pre-readings will be provided electronically to course participants prior to the course.

English Language Proficiency: If you are a foreign-educated physical therapist/assistant, you will need to pass the TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) and meet the score requirements. There are some exemptions to the TOEFL requirement for individuals who are exempt under the USCIS regulations. TOEFL scores must be reported directly to SoWH for the purposes of determining eligibility for course attendance. The minimum TOEFL scores we require are the following: Reading: 21; Listening: 18; Writing: 24; Speaking: 26.


Course Schedule & Contact Hours

Day 1: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (7:30 to 8:00 registration/breakfast)
Day 2: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Total Contact Hours: 15.0

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform the following:

  1. Appreciate the musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanics of the pelvic girdle and what structures are commonly involved in dysfunction.
  2. Identify and palpate externally key bony landmarks, muscles and ligaments of the pelvic girdle that commonly are involved in sacroiliac dysfunction.
  3. Discuss the current evidence supporting the use of movement based and static symmetry special tests for diagnosing sacroiliac dysfunction
  4. Identify the current recommended special tests for sacroiliac dysfunction
  5. Demonstrate confidence at performing a cluster of four special tests used in the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method ℠ (PGM Method℠)
  6. Demonstrate confidence in instructing specific self-corrective exercises used in the PGM Method℠
  7. Recognize the indication for further interventions specific to findings, including stretching, dynamic lumber stabilization, soft tissue/joint mobilization techniques and patient education.
  8. Discuss appropriate use of a sacroiliac belt with this population.
  9. Recognize the role of patient beliefs and patient education (including posture variability, body mechanics, and pain education, stress management) with patients with sacroiliac dysfunction.
  10. Appreciate the multi-dimensional factors that may be drivers of pain complaints in patients with pelvic girdle pain.
Dates & Locations

Dates & Locations will be posted below as they become available.

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Simplifying Sacroiliac Dysfunction (SIJ)

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