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Australas Chiropr Osteopathy. 2002 November; 10(2): 73–80.
PMCID: PMC2051080

VALIDITY AND RELIABILITY OF CLINICAL TESTS FOR THE SACROILIAC JOINT

A Review of Literature
Peter Cattley, M.Chiropractic, James Winyard, M.Chiropractic, John Trevaskis, M.Chiropractic, and Sharyn Eaton, Ph.D., D.C.

Abstract

Background: The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) can be a source of low back pain. The complexity of the system involving the SIJ and the varied SIJ pain referral pattern makes it difficult to clinically assess SIJ dysfunction. Despite the emergence of detail of the SIJ complex, the basis of the clinical tests has not been thoroughly investigated.

Objective: To review the literature from the last decade dealing with the validity and reliability of clinical tests for SIJ dysfunction in order to determine which tests are reliable and valid.

Discussion: For clinical tests with multiple studies, there was agreement on reliability for Gaenslens, Thigh Thrust test, Finger Point test and SIJ Pain Mapping and agreement on validity for Thigh Thrust test. However, Gillets Test, Patrick’s FABER and Sacral Thrust/Compression were considered invalid and unreliable, although these results may have been influenced by methodological shortcomings. Examination of the entire SIJ complex may mean that a series of tests are required.

Keywords: Sacroiliac joint, reliability, validity, clinical tests

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