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

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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.

Conclusion

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

References

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Correspondence to Jacek Durmala.

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Durmala, J., Detko, E. & Krawczyk, K. Values of thoracic kyphosis in adolescents from the city of Czestochowa (simple method of measurement during clinical examination) – pilot study. Scoliosis 2, S32 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1186/1748-7161-2-S1-S32

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Keywords

  • Public Health
  • Standard Deviation
  • Clinical Practice
  • Pilot Study
  • Clinical Examination