Sacroiliitis - Pat


Recovery from sacroiliitis to enable a return to competing in triathlons


A keen triathlete, Pat experienced severe sudden onset hip pain that forced her to stop training and began to affect her quality of life. She was misdiagnosed with hip bursitis and given two injections to treat the condition, which didn't work. H2O Physio identified her problem as sacroiliitis, caused by the excessive pounding of running on roads.


  • Hands-on physiotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Infra-red sauna


Pat's programme included manipulations to combat the hypomobility in her sacroiliac joint and the facet joints in her lumbar spine.

Hydrotherapy sessions in the underwater treadmill then helped her to build strength through effective exercise with reduced force through her hips and lumbar spine.

As Pat progressed, the intensity of the training was boosted by extending the session time, increasing the speed and slightly dropping the water-level. By the end of her programme, she was running for 50 minutes at varied speeds of up to 10kph and a water level of 1000mm.

And finally, cryotherapy and the infra-red sauna were used to reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process.

We are pleased to report that Pat made a full recovery and has successfully returned to taking part in triathlons and Iron Man events.