Table of Contents
- What are the sacroiliac (SI) joints?
- What is sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
- What are the causes of sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
- What are sacroiliac joint dysfunction symptoms?
- How do health-care professionals diagnose sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
- How do health-care professionals diagnose sacroiliac joint dysfunction? (Part 2)
- How do health-care professionals diagnose sacroiliac joint dysfunction? (Part 3)
- What is the treatment for sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
- Which specialties of doctors treat sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
- What are home remedies for sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
- What is the prognosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
- Is it possible to prevent sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
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How do health-care professionals diagnose sacroiliac joint dysfunction?
The first step in diagnosis is typically a thorough history and physical examination by a physician. The physician will ask questions to determine if there are any underlying disorders that could be causing the patient's pain. Certain signs can also help differentiate pain coming from the SI joints, lumbar spine, or hips. There are various tests a physician can perform during the physical examination that can help isolate the source of the pain. By placing the patient's hips and legs in certain positions and applying pressure, the SI joints can be moved or compressed to identify them as a source of pain. Other portions of the examination are to exclude certain possibilities that could mimic sacroiliac disease.Continue Reading
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Tuite, M.J. "Sacroiliac Joint Imaging." Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 12.1 Mar. 2008: 72-82.
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