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Aquatic Therapy for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

presented by Kim Gordon, MPT

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Financial: Kimberly Gordon receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course. Non-Financial: Kimberly Gordon has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 57 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 4 Minutes

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a source of pain in 10-27% of suspected patients with chronic low back pain, and 42% of women report suffering SI joint pain during pregnancy. It is highly likely that the outpatient therapist will encounter numerous clients with these symptoms. SI joint dysfunction is not well understood, and treatment techniques vary widely. However, aquatic therapy can be an ideal environment for treatment of SI joint pain. This course will review SI joint anatomy, identify why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice, and provide the clinician with a sample treatment session.

Meet Your Instructor

Kim Gordon, MPT

Kimberly Gordon, MPT, graduated from Mayo Clinic's School of Health Related Sciences with her Master's degree in Physical Therapy. She began practicing in an outpatient sports medicine clinic in Sarasota, FL, where her caseload consisted of orthopedic and post-surgical clients, including older adults with torn knee and ankle ligaments, total joint replacements, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and…

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1. Anatomy and Musculature

It is important that the clinician has a good understanding of the anatomy and musculature of the SI joint complex in order to properly implement the exercises. This chapter will briefly review the main structures of the SI joint complex.

2. Why Aquatic Therapy?

Water brings unique properties to the clinician’s treatment. It is important that the therapist and trainer understand these properties and be able to explain why this is the treatment of choice. This chapter will review the properties of water and why they create the perfect environment for treatment of SI joint dysfunction.

3. Precautions and Contraindications

Since water brings unique properties to the clinician’s treatment, there are unique precautions and contraindications for treatment as well. This chapter will review precautions and contraindications to therapy in the aquatic environment for the SI joint dysfunction patient.

4. Sample Treatment Session

This chapter will review a typical treatment session, including a warm-up phase, specific treatment ideas, and a cool-down phase. The goal of this chapter is that the therapist feels confident with a treatment program for their client with SI joint dysfunction.

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