Relationship between Physical Function and Spinal Sagittal Plane Alignment of Elderly Men

  • MIYAZAKI Junya
    Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Mejiro University Graduate School of Human Sciences, Waseda University
  • MURATA Shin
    Department of Rehabilitation Siences, Nishikyusyu-University
  • OTAO Hiroshi
    Faculty of Health Care Sciences, Himeji Dokkyo University
  • HORIE Jun
    Department of Rehabilitation Siences, Nishikyusyu-University
  • MURATA Jun
    Department of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki University
  • SUZUKI Shuji
    Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University

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  • 男性高齢者の矢状面脊柱アライメントと身体機能の関係
  • ダンセイ コウレイシャ ノ ヤジョウメン セキチュウ アライメント ト シンタイ キノウ ノ カンケイ

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Abstract

[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to clarify the relationship between physical function and spinal alignment in the saggital plane of elderly men. [Subjects and Method] Using a spinal mouse, we measured thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis angles as the spinal alignment in the saggital plane of 57 elderly men (average age 74.8 ± 5.8). Using quadriceps femoris strength, grip strength, toe-grip strength, forward reach in the long sitting position, one-leg standing time, maximum walking speed, the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test, 10m obstacle course walking time, and the six-minute walking distance as physical function we sought relationships with spinal alignment in the saggital plane. [Results] We found relationships with the lumbar lordosis angle for all items except grip strength, forward reach in long sitting, and TUG. [Conclusion] The results suggest the possibility that the physical function of elderly males is related to the lumbar lordosis angle.<br>

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  • Rigakuryoho Kagaku

    Rigakuryoho Kagaku 24 (6), 907-911, 2009

    The Society of Physical Therapy Science

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