Original Editor - Ahmed Nassef
Tests for Sacroiliac Joint involvement. More specifically, if the pain is in the sacroiliac region it may be related to anterior sacroiliac ligament pathology. If it is in the thigh it may be related to hip musculature tightness or femoral nerve tension and if it is in the lumbar region it may be due to lumbar involvement
The patient lies prone
The examiner stands at the painful side and flexes the patient's knee to 90° and extends the hip
Pain localized to the sacroiliac joint indicates pathology in the anterior sacroiliac ligament
Thigh thrust test is most sensitive and distraction test is most specific. Only thigh thrust test reaches more than 80% sensitivity and specificity. In the absence of centralization, if three provocative tests are positive then the sensitivity, specificity and positive likelihood ratio are 93%, 89% and 6.97%, respectively. Hence practically it is sufficient to do the thigh thrust test, sacroiliac distraction test and the FABERE test to arrive at a diagnosis.
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