Simplifying Sacroiliac Dysfunction Course

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This 2 day continuing education course for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants addresses the complicated problem of sacroiliac pain.  Pelvic girdle anatomy and current research is reviewed.  The Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method™ is instructed and practiced in lab as a simplified approach to assessing and treating sacroiliac pain.



1 or 2 Day Course

This course provides an excellent foundation for understanding sacroiliac dysfunction through PowerPoint, video, and group activities/critical thinking/lab practice. A significant portion of this course is dedicated to hands-on practice. Case studies will be presented representing diverse diagnoses (hip, groin, back pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, trauma) as well as a wide range of age groups. You will develop quick screening tools that are clinically applicable and a treatment approach for sacroiliac dysfunction that can be readily used “on Monday morning” after the course. Open to PTs, PTAs, PT students, PTA students, physiatrists, PM&R residents.

At the completion of the seminar, participant will:

  • Understand the dynamics of the pelvic girdle and what structures are commonly involved in dysfunction. Demonstrate an understanding of the current literature regarding diagnosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Differentiate among the numerous special tests to identify sacroiliac joint dysfunction and identify a cluster of at least 4 special tests supported in the literature and demonstrate skill at performing them.
  • Identify a cluster of four tests used in the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method (PGMM) and discuss the rationale/literature support for this cluster. Demonstrate skill at performing this cluster.
  • Accurately identify and palpate critical bony landmarks, muscles and ligaments of the pelvic girdle.
  • Understand the rationale and practice instructing specific corrective exercises.
  • Identify and know when to apply further interventions specific to findings, including stretching, dynamic lumber stabilization, trigger point and joint mobilization techniques.
  • Know when to utilize orthotic supports (sacroiliac belts/heel lifts) and be able to instruct proper donning/wearing regimen.
  • Understand the importance of specific patient education including the posture, body mechanics, and pain management/education.



DAY 1: 8 am – 5 pm
7:30  Registration
8:00  Introduction/group activity
8:30  Anatomy/Biomechanics
9:15  Literature Review
10:15 Break
10:30  Literature Review
10:45  Case Presentation
12:00  Lunch
1:00  Lab: Special Tests, Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method
2:30  Break
2:45  Presentation/lab: Innominate rotation and sacral assessment/interventions
3:45  Presentation/lab: Orthotic management (belts, heel lifts, orthotics), manual soft tissue work, Kinesio taping

DAY 2: 8 am – 5 pm
8:00 Recap Day 1
8:15 Ergonomic screening
9:15 Patient Education (Body Mechanics Lab)
10:15 Break
10:30 Patient Education (Pain and stress management, chronic pain)
10:45 Pregnancy and Postpartum considerations
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Dynamic Lumbar Stabilization/lab
2:30 Break
2:45 Lab continues
3:45 More case examples, transitioning to community exercise
4:45 Summary, questions/answers