Volume 2 Supplement 1

4th International Conference on Conservative Management of Spinal Deformities

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Values of thoracic kyphosis in adolescents from the city of Czestochowa (simple method of measurement during clinical examination) – pilot study

Scoliosis20072(Suppl 1):S32

DOI: 10.1186/1748-7161-2-S1-S32

Published: 12 October 2007

Objective

Knowledge of the normal value of thoracic kyphosis is essential during the assessment of the posture of the body. We measured thoracic kyphosis in 566 adolescents from Czestochowa (city in Poland) aged nine to fourteen years (275 girls and 291 boys).

Study design

The measurement of thoracic kyphosis was performed during clinical analysis of body posture using plurimeter-V by Rippstein [1]. The measurement was made in standing position and spontaneous relaxed posture. Each value represents mean and standard deviation from at least three replicate measurements.

Results

See Table 1.
Table 1

Results.

Values of thoracic kyphosis in degrees

9 y.

10 y.

11 y.

12 y.

13 y.

14 y.

 

boys

girls

boys

girls

boys

girls

boys

girls

boys

girls

boys

girls

Mean

27.3

24.9

25.6

26.4

29.1

28.4

27.5

26.2

20.8

31.7

36.4

30.7

SD

6.61

8.58

7.31

8.42

7.41

7.95

4.60

8.14

8.80

7.35

7.40

7.20

Median

26

24

26

27

30

30

28

24

30

34

36

30

Minimum

12

10

10

14

12

12

20

10

14

18

20

16

maximum

42

46

44

48

46

46

40

48

46

44

54

44

10th Perc.

18

16

16

16

18

18

22

18

20

22

28

22

90th Perc.

36

38

34

36

36

40

34

38

42

41

46

40

Conclusion

The applied method of the measurement is simple and useful in the clinical practice.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Department of Rehabilitation, Medical University of Silesia

References

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Copyright

© Durmala et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2007

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.

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