Tackling Sacroiliac and Pelvic Girdle Dysfunction (SIJ)

This 1-day in-person course provides an excellent foundation for understanding, effectively diagnosing and treating people with sacroiliac dysfunction and pelvic girdle pain. Literature is reviewed and an evidenced based approached is emphasized. 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 Riczo, is presented and evidence to support this simplified yet comprehensive approach is reviewed and practiced with dedicated lab time. Specific self-pelvic balancing exercises are introduced and practiced, and patient handouts are included. Course consists of lecture, lab practice, group discussion, and video (including specific patient video) and is interactive in nature. 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.

Course Hours
Day 1: 8:00am – 5:00 pm (7:30 to 8:00 registration/breakfast refreshments)
Total Contact Hours: 7.5 hrs

About the Instructor

Deborah Riczo, PT, DPT, MEd authored “Sacroiliac Pain, Understanding the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method” in 2018 and “Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy and Postpartum; find relief using the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method” in 2020, both published by OPTP, Minn. She developed the “Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method SM (PGM MethodSM) and has been teaching continuing education courses on this subject since 2011. She presented this topic at APTA’s CSM New Orleans conference 2018, and at the Ohio Annual Conference in 2019. She served as adjunct faculty at Cleveland State University (CSU) DPT program and is now guest speaker for pelvic girdle/sacroiliac dysfunction and other areas. Deborah instructed her first international course to physical therapists in the Dominican Republic on this subject in 2020. She has been an active member of the APTA for over 35 years, and currently serving as Director for the Ohio Physical Therapy Association since 2018. She has been a practicing physical therapist for over 35 years, most of which has been spent in clinical practice at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH. She is the president of Riczo Health Education, which she founded in 2011.

Deborah Riczo


Seven Hills, OH

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“Deborah did great communicating the information across and keeping the participants interested. I like that she asked the group how they wanted the course to go.” – SIJ Garfield Heights, OH Participant

“Enjoyed the course and really felt like I could address SI better!” – SIJ Columbus, OH Participant

“The instructor was very pleasant and professional.”– SIJ Columbus, OH Course Participant

“I thought the instructor did an excellent job. She was very thorough , clear and approachable. She did a nice job of getting participants involved by encouraging them to comment on what they have seen and what treatments work for them.” – SIJ Columbus, OH Course Participant

“The instructor did an excellent job presenting. She was very knowledgeable and encouraged participants to interact and share knowledge.” – SIJ Columbus, OH Course Participant

Open to: Licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, 3rd Year Physical Therapist Students.

Pre-requisites: None.

Attendance: Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly. Deduction of contact hours hours and ineligibility to participate in or complete the course will occur if you arrive late/leave early.

Lab Participation: Participants will be working in groups of 2-3 during labs. All participants will participate in labs as both “clinician” and “patient.” These labs are appropriate for all participants to fully participate, including pregnant, post-partum and male participants. All participants will be required to complete the External Consent & Release Form. All participants must wear lab appropriate attire under their clothes/gym pants as lab is interspersed throughout the course days. Pregnant registrants are encouraged to participate in labs and opt out of activities as desired. Lab clothes should be 2 piece swimsuit or shorts/sports bra.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform the following:

  1. Appreciate the musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanics of the pelvic girdle and what structures are commonly involved in dysfunction.
  2. Identify and palpate externally key bony landmarks, muscles and ligaments of the pelvic girdle that commonly are involved in sacroiliac dysfunction.
  3. Discuss the current evidence supporting the use of movement based and static symmetry special tests for diagnosing sacroiliac dysfunction
  4. Identify the current recommended special tests for sacroiliac dysfunction and four special tests used in the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method ℠ (PGM Method℠) and demonstrate confidence in performing these tests.
  5. Demonstrate confidence in instructing specific self-balancing exercises used in the PGM Methodâ„  and understand progressions to core strengthening and considerations for pregnancy and postpartum.

Pricing & Registration

DatesLocationEarly-Bird Rate Ends:Regular Rate Begins:Registration
May 9, 2020Weston, FLApril 8, 2020
Member: $295
Non-M: $345
April 9, 2020
Member: $325
Non-M: $375
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Foreign-Educated Physical Therapists

English Language Proficiency

If you are a foreign-educated physical therapist, you will need to pass the TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) and meet the score requirements. There are some exemptions to the TOEFL requirement for individuals who are exempt under the USCIS regulations. TOEFL scores must be reported directly to APHPT for the purposes of determining eligibility for course attendance. The minimum TOEFL scores we require are the following: Reading: 21; Listening: 18; Writing: 24; Speaking: 26.