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Sacroiliac joint fusion and the implications for manual therapy diagnosis and treatment


Tags: back pain, anatomy, pain problems, spine

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This study of 287 people showed that the sacroliac joint fuses with age, to the point where nearly half of subjects over 80 no longer had a joint there. Also, there was a dramatic gender split: almost 30% of the men were fused, but only 3% of the women.

~ Paul Ingraham

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The present paper examines gender differences and changes in prevalence of ankylosed sacroiliac joint (SIJ) with age. SIJs of 287 patients (159 males and 128 females), aged 22-93 years, were examined for fusion, using 3-D CT images. Presence, side and location of the fusion along the joint borders were recorded. Fusion of the SIJ was found to be gender and age dependent; present in 27.7% of all males in contrast to only 3.0% in females (p<0.001). The phenomenon increased with age in the male population from 5.8% in the 20-39 age cohorts to 46.7% in the 80+ cohort. As mobilization and/or manipulation of a dysfunctional SIJ are common procedures used by manual therapists, the effect that aging has on SIJ mobility requires therapists to alter or change their method with advancing age.

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