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Sacroiliac Joint Bony Structure
Sacroiliac Joint Ligaments
Sacroiliac Joint Muscles
Sacroiliac Joint Innervation
Sacroiliac Joint Anatomy References
Causes for Sacroiliac Joint Injury
Sacroiliac Joint Arthritis
Sciatica and the Sacroiliac Joint: A Forgotten Concept
Questions & Answers With Dr. Amish Patel
Low Back Pain's Missing Piece
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion

About the Sacroiliac Joint

The sacroiliac joint is generally accepted as an anatomic structure that can generate pain, often due to arthritic degeneration, or ligamentous and/or capsular instability resulting from trauma.
The sacroiliac joint presents many diagnostic challenges, which include:

  • Its complex anatomic configuration
  • Patient subjective complaints and pain referral patterns that mimic those for other sources of low back pain
  • Its complex innervation
  • The inconclusiveness of radiographic imaging

Adding to these challenges is the lack of clear definition as to what constitutes a normal sacroiliac joint, though one might consider a normal sacroiliac joint as one that does not cause pain.
After reviewing this website, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish sacroiliac joint pathology from other sources of low back or hip pain during a differential diagnosis based on the:
    • History
    • Subjective complaints
    • Physical examination
  • Describe and correctly perform the five sacroiliac joint provocation tests
  • Discuss the different treatment options for sacroiliac joint patients

Next page: Sacroiliac Joint Anatomy

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Sacroiliac Joint Biomechanics
Sacroiliac Joint Treatment Options
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