Sacral prominence as a clinical sign for detecting leg-length inequality and its potential role in causing low back pain

Project: Research

Project Details


Low back pain (LBP) causes more global disability than any other condition [1]. While guidelines exist for the management of chronic LBP, a key weakness in our understanding is how to prevent an acute epidose of LBP from progressing to chronic LBP [2]. This project represents the first stage in a series of trials designed to assess the efficacy of a new approach to managing LBP that includes addressing leg-length inequality as a possible cause. The approach relies on the ability to measure changes in pelvic mechanics that result from functional inequalities in leg length. Results from previous studies suggest that sacral prominence can be used as a measure of changes in pelvic mechanics [3,4] which could then form the basis of intervention aimed at treating both acute and chronic LBP.
The first stage in the project outlined in this proposal, involves the establishment of a baseline measure of unilateral sacral prominance (USP) in people with no history of LBP. Subsequent stages will assess USP in people with LBP and as an outcome measure following treatment of leg length inequality in people with LBP.
Effective start/end date1/10/181/10/18