Evidence-based assessment and diagnosis of pelvic girdle disorders: a proposal for an alternate diagnostic category

Charles R. Hazle, Arthur J. Nitz

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Abstract

Musculoskeletal syndromes of the pelvic girdle have long been the source of considerable controversy among clinicians and researchers. Widely varying approaches to caring for patients with presumed sacroiliac joint pain have contributed to the complexity of delivering optimal care to patients presenting with low back pain. Evidence is accumulating to suggest the need to challenge many long held beliefs concerning best practices in examination, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with suspected sacroiliac joint involvement. A review of the literature reveals evidence for a logical examination scheme and the need to reconsider often accepted diagnostic criteria. Similarly, clinical syndromes, based on those examination and diagnosis conventions, require reassessment. An alternate pathomechanical diagnostic category is presented for consideration consistent with findings of joint anatomy, biomechanics, and clinical findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Therapy Reviews
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

Keywords

  • DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA
  • EXAMINATION
  • FIXATED INSTABILITY
  • LOW BACK PAIN
  • SACROILIAC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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