Simplifying Sacroiliac Dysfunction Course

This continuing education course for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, students 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.

Deborah B. Riczo teaching at Ohio State University

A good history during the evaluation is essential! Teaching at a large university.

Deborah B. Riczo presenting in large conference room at APTA national convention

Deborah B. Riczo presenting at APTA Combined Section Meeting 2018 on Sacroiliac and Pelvic Girdle Pain


1 or 2 Day On-site Course

This course provides an excellent foundation for understanding, effectively diagnosing and treating people with sacroiliac dysfunction and pelvic girdle pain. Topics include anatomy and biomechanics, diagnosis including special tests literature review, current recommendations, pregnancy and postpartum considerations and interventions.   The Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method ℠ (PGM Method℠), developed by Deborah B. Riczo, PT,DPT, MEd is presented with supporting evidence for the method.    You will practice the recommended special tests found in the literature as well as the special tests in the PGM Method.  You will learn and practice specific self-pelvic balancing exercises.  Patient videos will augment your learning as will case studies.  You will develop quick screening tools that are clinically applicable and a simplified treatment approach for sacroiliac/pelvic girdle dysfunction that can be readily used “on Monday morning” after the course.

Audience:  PTs, PTAs, PT students, PTA students and other health providers with approval of instructor

At the completion of the seminar, the participant will:

  • Appreciate the anatomy and biomechanics of the pelvic girdle and what structures are commonly involved in dysfunction.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the current literature regarding the diagnosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction and current recommendations
  • Identify a cluster of 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 (PGM Method) and discuss the rationale/literature support for this cluster and 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 pelvic balancing exercises.
  • Know when to utilize orthotic supports (sacroiliac belts/heel lifts).
  • Understand the importance of specific patient education including the posture, body mechanics, and pain management/education.

Your organization can choose the length of this course to fit your needs.  Above objectives are for a 2-day course outlined in Simplifying Sacroiliac Dysfunction Brochure.


Deborah has produced a 2-hour webinar entitled “Tackling Sacroiliac and Pelvic Girdle Pain” (3 CEU’s) hosted by Motivationsceu. 

Deborah has presented on Sacroiliac and Pelvic Girdle Pain at APTA Combined Sections 2018 and at Ohio Annual Conference OPTA 2019.

Read more regarding Deborah’s published work  “Sacroiliac Pain” book, Sacroiliac Pain book reviews, Sacroiliac Pain Blog.

Read Deborah’s published work about pregnancy on ResearchGate.

Read more About Deborah Riczo, PT, DPT, MEd