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Keywords: iliolumbar ligament, palpation, clinical anatomy
In this commentary, we illustrate the need to consider the clinical anatomy of an examination procedure that is intended to directly palpate the iliolumbar ligament.
It has been suggested that the iliolumbar ligament is one such potential source of pain, with the 'iliolumbar ligament syndrome' characterised by local tenderness over the attachment site of the ligament on the iliac crest (Broadhurst 1989; Brukner and Khan 2001; Cashman 1986; Collee et al.