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Veysel Antar, Okan Turk
OBJECTIVE: Craniovertebral junctional anomalies constitute a technical challenge. Surgical opening of atlantoaxial joint region is a complex procedure especially in patients with nuchal deformity like basilar invagination. This region has actually very complicated anatomical and functional characteristics, including multiple joints providing extension, flexion, and wide rotation. In fact, it is also a bottleneck region where bones, neural structures, and blood vessels are located. Stabilization surgery regarding this region should consider the fact that the area exposes excessive and life-long stress due to complex movements and human posture...
March 2018: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
Melvin C Makhni, Jamal N Shillingford, Joseph L Laratta, Seung-Jae Hyun, Yongjung J Kim
The prevalence of patients with adult spinal deformity (ASD) has been reported as high as 68%. ASD often leads to significant pain and disability. Recent emphasis has been placed on sagittal plane balance and restoring normal sagittal alignment with regards to the three dimensional deformity of ASD. Optimal sagittal alignment has been known to increase spinal biomechanical efficiency, reduce energy expenditure by maintaining a stable posture with improved load absorption, influence better bony union, and help to decelerate adjacent segment deterioration...
March 2018: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
Dariusz Czaprowski, Łukasz Stoliński, Marcin Tyrakowski, Mateusz Kozinoga, Tomasz Kotwicki
Background: The physiological sagittal spinal curvature represents a typical feature of good body posture in the sagittal plane. The cervical and the lumbar spine are curved anteriorly (lordosis), while the thoracic segment is curved posteriorly (kyphosis). The pelvis is inclined anteriorly, and the lower limbs' joints remain in a neutral position. However, there are many deviations from the optimal body alignment.The aim of this paper is to present the most common types of non-structural misalignments of the body posture in the sagittal plane...
2018: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
Luca Cavaggioni, Athos Trecroci, Massimiliano Tosin, F Marcello Iaia, Giampietro Alberti
The aim of this retrospective case study is the longitudinal description of the physical and functional parameters of a top-level Paralympic swimmer class S9-SB8-SM9 during four swimming seasons of training, from the Paralympic games in London 2012 to the Paralympic games in Rio 2016. A 22-year-old male swimmer underwent a specific preventive dry-land training based on diaphragmatic breathing, postural alignment, and slow-velocity resistance training aimed to improve his muscle strength. He was tested by using the Functional Movement ScreenTM, photographic postural assessment and vertical jump...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Simon Sw Li, Daniel Hk Chow
BACKGROUND: Usual guidelines recommend symmetric load carriage over asymmetric load carriage. Whether this recommendation is valid for subjects with asymmetric body alignment, such as those with scoliosis, remains unclear. Scoliosis is both a subject-dependent and time-variant condition. Interventions are generally employed to prevent the abnormal spinal curvature from progressing. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of an asymmetric load carriage on lateral spinal deformity in participant with scoliosis...
February 1, 2018: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
Yasser Kentar, Manuela Brunner, Thomas Bruckner, Andreas Hug, Patric Raiss, Felix Zeifang, Markus Loew, Haidara Almansour, Michael Akbar
BACKGROUND: We investigated the impact of poor seated posture on the prevalence of rotator cuff tears (RCTs) among wheelchair-dependent individuals with long-standing paraplegia. METHODS: The study included 319 patients. Lateral radiographs of the spine were collected from a database and analyzed to assess the global spinopelvic alignment (SPA). Magnetic resonance images of both shoulders were obtained to detect the presence of cuff tears. Patients were divided into 2 groups: Group RCT-I included all patients with cuff tears (right, left, or bilateral), whereas group RCT-II consisted exclusively of patients with bilateral cuff tears...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Kaku Barkoh, Joshua W Lucas, Larry Lee, Patrick C Hsieh, Jeffrey C Wang, Kevin Rolfe
PURPOSE: To review the current understanding and data of sagittal balance and alignment considerations in paraplegic patients. METHODS: A PubMed literature search was conducted to identify all relevant articles relating to sagittal alignment and sagittal balance considerations in paraplegic and spinal cord injury patients. RESULTS: While there are numerous studies and publications on sagittal balance in the ambulatory patient with spinal deformity or complex spine disorders, there is paucity of the literature on "normal" sagittal balance in the paraplegic patients...
February 8, 2018: European Spine Journal
Fabio Galbusera, Tito Bassani, Elena Stucovitz, Carlotta Martini, Maryem-Fama Ismael Aguirre, Pedro L Berjano, C Lamartina
PURPOSE: Most patients suffering from Parkinson's disease (PD) exhibit alterations in the posture, which can in several cases give rise to spine deformities, both in the sagittal and the coronal plane. In addition, degenerative disorders of the spine frequently associated to PD, such as spinal stenosis and sagittal instability, can further impact the quality of life of the patient. In recent years, spine surgery has been increasingly performed, with mixed results. The aim of this narrative review is to analyze the spinal disorders associated to PD, and the current evidence about their surgical treatment...
February 3, 2018: European Spine Journal
Andrea Redaelli, Pedro Berjano, Max Aebi
PURPOSE: In this paper, the authors propose classifying the epiphenomenon of spinal deformity in two different categories: structural deformity, when the main driver of the observed deformity is a fixed and stiff alteration of the spinal segments, and compensatory deformity, which includes cases where the observed deformity is due to focal abnormalities. This last category comprises, but is not limited to, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, disc herniation, infection or tumor, hip disease or neurological disease (such as Parkinson's disease)...
January 30, 2018: European Spine Journal
Katherine M Edenfield
The midfoot and forefoot are the regions of the foot distal to the talus and calcaneus and are critical to weight bearing and movement. They help support the arch of the foot, provide shock absorption, and convert vertically oriented forces into horizontal forward and propulsive movement. A spectrum of acute, subacute, and chronic conditions in these regions can cause pain and decreased function. A thorough history and physical examination should include foot and leg biomechanics, alignment, and posture in addition to palpation of painful areas...
February 2018: FP Essentials
Maria Gallagher, Elisa Raffaella Ferrè
Verticality plays a fundamental role in the arts, portraying concepts such as power, grandeur, or even morality; however, it is unclear whether people have an aesthetic preference for vertical stimuli. The perception of verticality occurs by integrating vestibular-gravitational input with proprioceptive signals about body posture. Thus, these signals may influence the preference for verticality. Here, we show that people have a genuine aesthetic preference for stimuli aligned with the vertical, and this preference depends on the position of the body relative to the gravitational direction...
January 1, 2018: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
Christina I Esposito, Kaitlin M Carroll, Peter K Sculco, Douglas E Padgett, Seth A Jerabek, David J Mayman
BACKGROUND: Sitting radiographs have been used as a pre-operative tool to plan patient-specific total hip arthroplasty (THA) component position that would improve hip stability. Previous work has demonstrated that spinal mobility may impact functional acetabular position when seated. We sought to determine whether patients who dislocate following THA have different sitting spinopelvic alignment or acetabular component orientation compared to patients who did not dislocate. METHODS: A consecutive series of 1000 patients underwent post-operative low-dose biplanar spine-to-ankle lateral radiographs in standing and sitting positions 1 year following THA...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
Saba Pasha, Keith Baldwin
BACKGROUND: Clinical evaluation of the postural balance in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis has been measured by sagittal vertical axis and frontal balance. The impact of the scoliotic deformity in three planes on balance has not been fully investigated. METHODS: 47 right thoracic and left lumbar curves adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and 10 non-scoliotic controls were registered prospectively. 13 spinopelvic postural parameters were calculated from the 3-dimantional reconstructions of X-rays...
November 29, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
Michelle de Pádua, Juliana F Sauer, Silvia M A João
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the postural alignment of children with visual impairment with that of children without visual impairment. METHODS: The sample studied was 74 children of both sexes ages 5 to 12 years. Of these, 34 had visual impairment and 40 were control children. Digital photos from the standing position were used to analyze posture. Postural variables, such as tilt of the head, shoulder position, scapula position, lateral deviation of the spine, ankle position in the frontal plane and head posture, angle of thoracic kyphosis, angle of lumbar lordosis, pelvis position, and knee position in the frontal and sagittal planes, were measured with the Postural Assessment Software 0...
January 2018: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Seon-Chil Kim, Jae-Hoon Yi, Sang-Woo Jung, Dong-Kwon Seo
[Purpose] Severe calcaneus misalignment is correlated with low back pain, and affects pelvic alignment. However, little has been published with regard to the influence of pronation and supination on trunk alignment. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the influence of calcaneal inversion on pelvic and trunk alignment. [Subjects and Methods] A 3-dimensional motion analysis system was used to assess pelvic and trunk alignment in 10 healthy male subjects with unilateral and bilateral calcaneus inversion...
November 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Eavan M Mc Govern, Owen Killian, Shruti Narasimham, Brendan Quinlivan, John B Butler, Rebecca Beck, Ines Beiser, Laura W Williams, Ronan P Killeen, Michael Farrell, Sean O'Riordan, Richard B Reilly, Michael Hutchinson
Cervical dystonia is a common neurological movement disorder characterised by muscle contractions causing abnormal movements and postures affecting the head and neck. The neural networks underpinning this condition are incompletely understood. While animal models suggest a role for the superior colliculus in its pathophysiology, this link has yet to be established in humans. The present experiment was designed to test the hypothesis that disrupted superior collicular processing is evident in affected patients and in relatives harbouring a disease-specific endophenotype (abnormal temporal discrimination)...
December 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
Simone Parrini, Benedetta Comba, Gabriele Rossini, Serena Ravera, Giovanni Cugliari, Ilaria De Giorgi, Andrea Deregibus, Tommaso Castroflorio
BACKGROUND: Correlation between malocclusions and body posture has been discussed in the last decades, but there is still a lack of consensus in existing literature. Rasterstereography allows tridimensional reconstruction of the spine, starting from the back surface analysis. So far studies which tested modifications of rasterstereographic parameters during orthodontic treatment, comparing with those obtained from untreated control group, are not available. Clear aligner treatment produces alteration of vertical height due to the occlusal coverage and, subsequently, a stimulation of periodontal receptors which causes an inhibition of the jaw closing muscles and, hypothetically, changes in mandibular posture...
February 2018: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Kalliopi Alpantaki, Michael Dohm, Panagiotis Korovessis, Alexander G Hadjipavlou
INTRODUCTION: This paper describes surgical options for Osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture (OVCF) with acute flexible or chronic rigid kyphosis, and pseudarthrosis complicated with pain and neurologic deficit. METHODS: This study has two components. a) A prospective clinical study of surgical treatment of 31 patients (age: 69±11 years) with either acute flexible or progressive pseudarthrotic kyphosis manifested with severe pain or neurological deficit between 2010 and 2014...
November 12, 2017: Injury
Divyaksh Subhash Chander, Maria Pia Cavatorta
Digital human modeling tools support proactive ergonomics in optimizing work tasks and workplace layouts. Empirical-statistical model based tools are often used to estimate the force exertion capability of the operators. This work is intended to serve as an initial probing into the usability of a musculoskeletal model based software, AnyBody Modeling Systems (AMS), in evaluating the force exertion capability at different points in the workspace and for various exertion directions. As a first step, it focuses on the modeling approach and the accuracy of one-handed isometric strength estimates of AMS...
February 2018: Applied Ergonomics
Laura Hutchinson, Joel B Schwartz, Amy M Morton, Irene S Davis, Kevin Deluzio, Michael J Rainbow
When optical motion capture is used for motion analysis, reflective markers or a digitizer are typically used to record the location of anatomical landmarks identified through palpation. The landmarks are then used to construct anatomical coordinate systems. Failure to consistently identify landmarks through palpation over repeat tests creates artifacts in the kinematic waveforms. The purpose of this work was to improve intra- and inter-rater reliability in determining anatomical landmarks and the associated anatomical coordinate systems using a Marker Alignment Device...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
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