In the early 1900s dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint was a common diagnosis and commonly associated with pain in the sciatic nerve. In 1925 Danforth and Wilson studied this relationship and concluded that the sacroiliac joint could not be at fault because there was no canal, nor semblance of a canal that held the nerves against the joint. At that time no one understood the biomechanical relationship between the sacroiliac joint and the sciatic nerve.

In 1934 with the work of Mixter and Barr, all emphasis in research and treatment shifted to the herniated intervertebral disk. White concluded that because nonspecific back pain often precedes disk herniation the disk is a likely source of the preceding idiopathic low back pain. This etiology has never been proven. Intervertebral disks frequently degenerate without producing any symptoms of low back disorders.

Presently used testing and procedures for the conventional evaluation and treatment of low back pain were developed and endorsed at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' symposium in Toronto in 1982. At that time the participants also agreed that even after an extensive work-up using those tests and procedures only about 15% of patients can be given a definitive diagnosis. Scant consideration was given to the sacroiliac joints because it was widely assumed that they were largely immune to injury through minor trauma.

If you use the testing and procedures recommended by the AAOS you will find what they found and that testing will compel you to be unable to arrive at a definitive diagnosis about 85% of the time. Recent research on the sacroiliac joints has found that different tests are necessary to evaluate and correct the sacroiliac joints. Virtually no AAOS procedures or testing are used in this program.

If you make a mistake and fail to correct it the mistake
can be multiplied x infinity.

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Daniel Boorstin


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