Join Date: Jun 2005
Bikes: Bachetter Giro 26 (2005), Jamis Aurora (2000)
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Thanks for your reply, Itsjustb. I don't have insurance though I may get it soon (independent) because the pain I've had has been fluctuating for the last few months and getting worse the last few weeks. So I imagine it will pay off if I pay a monthly premium and get more treatments. To answer my other respondent, Brendan, a few points about my treatment. I'm seeing a chiropractor once a week and last week started seeing an acupuncturist once a week as well. Usually treatment with the chiropractor involves heat and electromagnetic treatment to loosen the sore muscles and joints, then a quick manipulation of the area by a chiropractor, and then he stretches the loose and warm joint area. Also he does about 15 minutes of acupuncture. At the acupuncturist the treatment is longer, about an hour, with many more needles used.
I should say though I'm doing the PT, stretching the SI joint and periformis muscle, that this is causing pain, so I'm forced to stop the exercises, and the joint as a result gets stiffer and sorer, so I realize not that it's sort of a viscious circle. And at this juncture it feels like I'm undergoing an ordeal of fluctuating pain, sometimes quite intense, in particular when the sciatic nerve in the SI-periformis area gets pressured and shoots pain down my right leg. From this I've concluded I should get a muscle pain medication (cortisone?) because the pain that gets triggered by stretching prevents more stretching.
Ideally, if I were wealthy or had the best insurance, I'd go for PT every day or every other day to get electromagnetic stimulation of the muscle and manipulation to loosen the joint by the chiropractor, as well as get additional acupuncture. I would then stretch and get another round of more chiropractic and acupuncture treatment if needed that could be triggered by the stretching. This is a sort of intense treatment that I imagine a professional athlete receives in order to get the best and fastest rehab.
Well, it's good to hear I that I can bike whenever I can get over the SI-joint and performis pain.