Date of Award
Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)
Low Back Pain; Sacroiliac Joint
Physical therapists commonly evaluate and treat patients with referral of low back pain. There still remains great controversy whether sacroiliac joint dysfunction produces significant pathological problems. It is imperative that the therapist providing the care posses skillful knowledge in the areas of anatomy, biomechanics, evaluation, and treatment of sacroiliac joint dysfunction. These characteristics are required in order to effectively treat patients with low back pain possibly resulting from sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
The purpose of this independent study is to review existing literature with primary focus on the anatomy, biomechanics, evaluation, and efficacious manual therapy treatment of sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Primary areas of emphasis will include reliable and valid evaluation techniques as well as appropriate manual therapy treatment for correction of sacroiliac joint dysfunction. This review will attempt to consolidate and simplify various sacroiliac evaluation procedures in order to hastily implement proper corrective techniques.
Ressler, Michael J., "Low Back Pain: an Orthopedic Review of Sacroiliac Joint Etiologic Theories, Key Diagnostic Criteria, and Effective Manual Therapy Treatment" (1999). Physical Therapy Scholarly Projects. 369.