Lumbar Isthmic Spondylolisthesis Detection with Palpation: Interrater Reliability and Concurrent Criterion-Related Validity

  title={Lumbar Isthmic Spondylolisthesis Detection with Palpation: Interrater Reliability and Concurrent Criterion-Related Validity},
  author={Jeff W. Collaer and D Michael Mckeough and William G. Boissonnault},
  journal={Journal of Manual \& Manipulative Therapy},
  pages={22 - 29}
Abstract Lumbar spinous process palpation to detect spondylolisthesis is a technique frequently used by clinicians and taught in professional education courses, but it has not been shown to be reliable or valid. The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic utility of lumbar spinous palpation as a means of detecting isthmic spondylolisthesis in patients with low back pain. Interrater reliability was assessed by pair-wise comparison of the findings of three therapists palpating the… 
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