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Re-examining Sacroiliac/Pelvic Girdle Special Tests: Introducing a New Approach – Webinar
Reviewing the evidence for currently used SIJ tests

1 hour





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Deborah Riczo
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Dr Deborah Riczo is a specialist in pelvic girdle /sacroiliac dysfunction, pregnancy/postpartum issues, women's health, and breast cancer

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In this live-streamed webinar, Deborah Riczo will review special tests for pelvic girdle (PG) and sacroiliac (SI) pain, presently used in clinics, taught in DPT programs and listed in CINAHL Rehabil Guide (2017). The evidence for these special tests will be reviewed and challenged. A new algorithm of special tests utilized in the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Methodssm will be introduced and explained. The PGM method is in the developmental stages and has not yet been scientifically explored. We can all appreciate the importance and need for accurate and efficient special tests for use in clinical practice. Such tests are used by physiotherapists/physical therapists as first-line (primary care) providers for this population.


In this webinar, Deborah will review the reliability and intended use of commonly used static and movement-based special tests for SIJ pain and pain provocation tests.  She will introduce the PGM tests and the research supporting these tests.


This webinar recording consists of a 52 minute video.

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1 hour depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching the webinar recording.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

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  3. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify commonly used static and movement based special tests for SIJ pain, their reliability and intended use (construct)
  • Identify pain provocation tests, reliability and the intended use (construct)
  • Describe the PGM Method, the special tests/research to support utilising these tests, and intended use (construct)
  • Summarise why physiotherapists/physical therapists should serve as the primary health care provider for persons with SI and PGP dysfunction

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant non-financial relationships disclosed by instructor.
Relevant financial disclosure by Deborah Riczo: is the publisher of both of my books and I receive royalties on book sales.


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Featured reviews
Great discussion ! I intend to research this new method along with doing the other courses on Physioplus related to the PGM method!
Diandra Henry
The PGM method is interesting as the construct focuses on muscle imbalances which lead to positional strain causing SIJ pathology. The special tests can be easily applied and can improve the assessment of the SIJ.
Sunvir Lakhan
South Africa
This is a real treat as a prompt that we should critically assess the methods we use in attributing our patients' pain to the SIJ. Thank you!
Catherine Davis
United Kingdom
Dr. Riczo was very knowledgeable and quite comfortable with the topic. One could sense her experience and depth of research and she provided sufficient information to challenge our thinking and get us researching for more. Great Webinar!
Sibyl Edward
Saint Lucia