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  Title Variability within and between evaluations of sacroiliac pain with the use of distraction testing
Journal J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 Nov-Dec;28(9):688-695
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine whether applied force and time interval of force exposure varied within and between physiotherapists (PTs) when they used sacroiliac (SI) distraction testing to provoke pain among subjects with sacroiliitis.

METHODS: Two force plates recording 3 orthogonal forces and time intervals were used during repetitive testing. Eleven subjects with sacroiliitis were examined with the use of distraction testing by each of 3 PTs. Subjects lay on an examination board equipped with one force plate for each SI joint. They indicated provoked pain by pressing a button that gave a mark in the data collection.

RESULTS: Applied force and time interval of force exposure varied within and between PTs. Significant differences between PTs were found in the impulse (force x time) for the vertical and lateral force components (P
CONCLUSIONS: Recording force and time events indicates that variation in examination technique within and between PTs may influence the outcome of the distraction test. Such recording, simultaneously monitored by the investigator, would therefore seem to offer standardized testing and improve clinical evaluation of SI pain over time.

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