Patients sometimes might question the value of their adjustment as sometimes the benefits are short-lived. These are some suggestions we provide to our patients when there is instability involving the sacroiliac joint.
If at all possible avoid long-sitting and especially after an adjustment.
- When sitting, keep the knees slightly higher than the hips. This might require using a stepstool when sitting in a recliner.
- In some instances a foam wedge should be used when sitting. This changes the weight bearing load placed on the spine and pelvis.
- Avoid sleeping on the side of pain or the side of which your doctor has made mention.
- I encourage patients at bedtime to use a pillow between their knees to avoid strain on the low back and pelvis.
- Use ice of the SI joint six to eight minutes, three times daily for 2 – 3 weeks.
- Avoid bending at the waist for any length of time without support.