Thoracic kyphosis and physical function

Are thoracic kyphosis and physical function in older adults associated?

Excessive kyphosis of the thoracic spine often occurs at older age. Hyperkyphosis is associated with adverse health outcomes, such as falls, fractures and mortality in older adults. However, the effect of kyphosis severity on physical function is not firmly established. This prospective cohort study aimed to determine the contribution of excessive kyphosis to decreased physical function over 3 years of follow-up in a community-based sample of adults.

In this study of relatively healthy adults with a high level of physical function, greater kyphosis severity did not adversely affect physical function in adults younger or older than 65. This lack of association suggests that individuals at risk of functional decline in late adulthood cannot be identified based solely on radiologic measure of kyphosis.

> From: Lorbergs et al., J Am Geriatr Soc (2017-09-12 21:07:09) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to The Author(s). Click here for the online summary.

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