3301 – Demystifying the SI Joint

Advanced / Pool Workshop


Washington, DC / Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 – 7:30 am-4:30 pm – 8.0 credit hours equal to 8.0 CECs/.8 CEUs

Pool: 7:30-9:30 am

Classroom: 9:30 am-12:00 pm

Lunch on own: 12:00-1:00 pm

Classroom: 1:00-3:00 pm

Pool: 3:00-4:30 pm


Chicago, IL / Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 7:30 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours equal to 8.0 CECs/.8 CEUs

Classroom: 7:30 am-12:00 pm

Lunch on own: 12:00-1:15 pm

Pool: 1:15-4:00 pm

Classroom: 4:00-5:00 pm


Sanibel, FL / Thursday, June 29, 2017 – 7:30 am-5:00 pm – 7.0 credit hours equal to 7.0 CECs/.7 CEUs

Classroom: 7:30-9:15 am

Pool: 9:15-11:00 am

Sit-down Luncheon: 11:30 am-1:15 pm

Pool: 1:30-3:15 pm

Classroom: 3:15-5:00 pm


Faculty: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC



Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) dysfunction is present in 10-25% of individuals with lower back pain. Symptoms range from local pain to referred pain into the lower back, hip and leg, often mimicking other common conditions of the lower spine and hip. Because of this, the SIJ is often perceived as complex. This course is intended to present a systematic approach, based on clinical reasoning, to demystify the SIJ for the aquatic therapist. The lecture will review anatomy and biomechanics of the joint with the focus on understating mechanisms and causes of pathology. Discussion will include tests and examination techniques used for differential diagnosis (ruling in or out the SIJ as the cause of pain). Basic muscle energy techniques and pelvic alignment corrective exercise are practiced both on land and in the pool. The pool lab portion of the course will focus on treatment strategies to reduce pain, address common impairments and restore function for individuals with SIJ pathology. Exercise progressions for land and water will provide treatment ideas for each stage of recovery.



1)  List common signs, symptoms and impairments associated with SI joint dysfunction.

2)  Relate anatomical connections and biomechanics of the SI joint to treatment strategies.

3)  Progress and cue aquatic based therapeutic exercise program to increase mobility, reduce pain and strengthen key muscles for individuals with SI joint dysfunction.

4)  Recognize precautions and contraindications for individuals with SIJ pathology, applying appropriate modifications to exercise.

5)  Integrate basic land-based exercise and techniques with aquatic program for more complete treatment approach. 


FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience in orthopedic and aquatic therapy. As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (www.waterpt.com), she continues with hands-on clinical care in addition to her role as educator. Since graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1991, Beth has belonged to the American Physical Therapy Association and has achieved certification as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In January 2006, she graduated from Boston University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Additional certifications include Certified STOTT Pilates™ instructor and Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method.


Beth not only provides continuing education for health care professionals, she is an adjunct faculty in the San Diego Mesa College PTA program, teaching Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Introduction to Pathology courses. She also provides the learning module/instruction on aquatic therapy to the University of St. Augustine San Diego Campus DPT program. She is the recipient of the 2010 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award and the 2012 ATRI Professional Award.