Changes in spinal mobility with increasing age in women

D. K. Einkauf, M. L. Gohdes, Gail Jensen, M. J. Jewell

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The purpose of our study was to determine changes in spinal mobility for women aged 20 to 84 years. Anterior flexion, right and left lateral flexion, and extension were measured on 109 healthy women. The modified Schober method was used to measure anterior flexion. Standard gonimetry was used to measure lateral flexion and extension. The results of the study indicated that spinal mobility decreases with advancing age. The most significant (p <.05) differences occurred between the two youngest and the two oldest age categories. Data gathered in this study indicate that physical therapists should consider the effects of age on spinal mobility when assessing spinal range of motion. A simple, objective method for measuring spinal mobility is presented. Suggestions for future research are given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-375
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Therapy
Volume67
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Einkauf, D. K., Gohdes, M. L., Jensen, G., & Jewell, M. J. (1987). Changes in spinal mobility with increasing age in women. Physical Therapy, 67(3), 370-375.

Changes in spinal mobility with increasing age in women. / Einkauf, D. K.; Gohdes, M. L.; Jensen, Gail; Jewell, M. J.

In: Physical Therapy, Vol. 67, No. 3, 1987, p. 370-375.

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Einkauf, DK, Gohdes, ML, Jensen, G & Jewell, MJ 1987, 'Changes in spinal mobility with increasing age in women', Physical Therapy, vol. 67, no. 3, pp. 370-375.
Einkauf DK, Gohdes ML, Jensen G, Jewell MJ. Changes in spinal mobility with increasing age in women. Physical Therapy. 1987;67(3):370-375.
Einkauf, D. K. ; Gohdes, M. L. ; Jensen, Gail ; Jewell, M. J. / Changes in spinal mobility with increasing age in women. In: Physical Therapy. 1987 ; Vol. 67, No. 3. pp. 370-375.
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