Gynecological Surgery and Low Back Pain in Older Women: Testing the Association With Sacroiliac Joint Stiffness and Pelvic Floor Movements

Jeffery Ericksen, Peter E. Pidcoe, Jessica M. Ketchum-Mckinney, Evie N. Burnet, Emily Huang, James C. Wilson, Vincent Hoogstad

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Objective: To determine sacroiliac joint compliance characteristics and pelvic floor movements in older women relative to gynecological surgery history and back pain complaints. Design: Single-visit laboratory measurement. Setting: University clinical research center. Participants: Twenty-five women aged 65 years or older. Outcome Measures: Sacroiliac joint compliance measured by Doppler imaging of vibrations and ultrasound measures of pelvic floor motion during the active straight leg raise test. Results: Doppler imaging of vibrations demonstrated test reliability ranging from 0.701 to 0.898 for detecting vibration on the ilium and sacrum sides of the sacroiliac joint. The presence of low-back pain or prior gynecological surgery was not significantly associated with a difference in the compliance or laxity symmetry of the sacroiliac joints. No significant difference in pelvic floor movement was found during the active straight leg raise test between subject groups. All P values were ≥.4159. Conclusions: Prior gynecological surgery and low-back pain were not significantly associated with side-to-side differences in the compliance of the sacroiliac joints or in significant changes in pelvic floor movement during a loading maneuver in a group of older women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-35
Number of pages9
JournalGeriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010



  • Doppler imaging of vibrations
  • aging
  • back pain
  • gynecologic surgery
  • pelvic floor
  • sacroiliac joint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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