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A new, comprehensive normative database of lumbar spine ranges of motion

Troke, Michael, Cheek, E., Hough, A. and Moore, A. P. (2001) A new, comprehensive normative database of lumbar spine ranges of motion. Clinical Rehabilitation, 15 (4). pp. 371-379.

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Abstract

Aims and objectives: To generate gender-specific and broadly based agerelated indices for normative lumbar ranges of motion for all planes of movement.

Design: This was a repeated measures prospective study of spinal range of motion in a sample of volunteer subjects utilizing a portable modified CA6000 Spine Motion Analyzer (Orthopedic Systems Inc., Union City, CA, USA).

Setting: Data collection was carried out in a variety of community locations including fire, police and ambulance stations, offices and community centres.

Subjects: A total of 405 asymptomatic subjects (196 female, 209 male) were recruited, aged 16–90 years, from sedentary, mixed and physically demanding occupations.

Methodology: Indices of lumbar spine ranges of motion were measured in standing following a standardized protocol for sagittal flexion/extension, coronal lateral flexion and horizontal axial rotation movements.

Results: Male and female normative flexion ranges declined by approximately 40% (72–40 degrees) across the age spectrum. Extension declined the greatest, by approximately 76% (29–6 degrees) overall. In lateral flexion male and female ranges declined approximately 43% (29–15 degrees) in each direction (total 58–30 degrees). In axial rotation no age-related decline was observed and ranges of motion remained at approximately 7 degrees in each direction (total 14 degrees) across all the ages of the subject group. Conclusions: Data have been generated that provide comprehensive, gender-specific, broadly based and age-related indices for normative lumbar ranges of motion in all planes of movement. These are applicable to individuals throughout adult life, from adolescence through to old age.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1191/026921501678310171
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
School/Department: School of Health Sciences
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/34

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