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Title: The effects of load carrying on the posture and gait of normal and scoliotic adolescents
Keywords: load carrying; scoliosis; adolescents; posture; spinal deformity; gait
Issue Date: 4-Jun-2005
Citation: CHAN PUI YEE (2005-06-04). The effects of load carrying on the posture and gait of normal and scoliotic adolescents. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study aimed to examine how unilateral load carrying while standing and walking affects the coronal plane spinal posture of normal and scoliotic adolescents. Radiography and a motion analysis system were used to assess the posture of 9 normal and 19 subjects with late onset idiopathic scoliosis (LOIS) while (1) carrying no load; (2) carrying 5kg on the right and (3) left shoulder. Left load carrying increased thoracic Cobb angles in standing (p=0.052); induced and increased lumbar curvatures in both the normal and scoliotic spine during walking (p<0.05). Right load carrying increased thoracic Perdriolle angles in standing (p<0.05). Although all subjects laterally flexed their spines to the opposite side of the load (p<0.05), the mid to lower thoracic spine of the scoliotic subjects generally had smaller changes in lateral flexion angles with load carrying, reflecting their structural stiffness. Unilateral load carrying caused significant spinal lateral flexion; induced and / or aggravated spinal deformity in both normal and scoliotic adolescents.
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