European Spine Journal

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 29–33 | Cite as

Spinal mobility and posture: changes during growth with postural defects, structural scoliosis and spinal osteochondrosis

  • S. Viola
  • I. Andrássy
Original Articles


A number of case studies were followed for 10 years. Children suffering from postural defects, structural scoliosis and spinal osteochondrosis were separated from a normal group. Spinal mobility and posture were compared with the mobility of normal, healthy boys and girls aged 5–14 years. In postural defects curves similar to the physiologic one were observed. The range of motion was not physiologic in scoliosis. In this disease, rotationflexion thoracic hypermobility with decreased lumbar flexion ability was found. A physiologic trend was found in spinal osteochondrosis, although sometimes the rotational mobility of the spine was reduced. An extremely high increase of thoracic kyphosis was found only in children aged 14 years.

Key words

Spinal mobility Structural scoliosis Spinal osteochondrosis Postural defects 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Dickson RA, Lawton JO (1984) The pathogenesis of idiopathic scoliosis, Ch. 1. Butterworths, London, pp 1–37Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Domján L (1988) New measuring methods of the spinal mobility, and of the peripheral joints. ThesisGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Lambrinudi FH (1934) Scheuermann's disease. Br Med J 11: 800–804Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Loebl WY (1978) Measurement of spinal posture and range of spinal movement. Ann Phys Med 9:103–110Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Mellin G (1986) Measurement of thoracolumbar posture and mobility with a Myrin inolinometer. Spine 11:759–762Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Mellin G, Horkönen H, Poussa M (1988) Spinal mobility and posture and their correlations with growth velocity in structurally normal boys and girls aged 13 to 14. Spine 13:152–154Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Moran HM (1979) Spinal mobility in the adolescent. Rheum Rehabil 18:181–185Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Öhlen G, Spangfort E, Tingvall C (1989) Measurement of spinal sagittal configuration and mobility with Debrunner's kyphometer. Spine 14:580–583Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Pousa M, Horkönen H, Mellin G (1989) Spinal mobility in adolescent girls with idiopathic scoliosis and in structurally normal controls. Spine 14:217–219Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Soerenson KH (1964) Scheuermann's juvenile kyphosis. Munksgaard, CopenhagenGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Somhegyi A, Tóth Z (1992) Measurement of thoracic kyphosis in 14 to 17-year-old Scheuermann patients and normal group (in Hungarian). Orv HetiJ 133:715–719Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Sward L, Erkson B (1990) Anthropometric characteristics, passive hip flexion, and spinal mobility in relation to back pain in athletes. Spine 15:376–382Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Viola S (1990) Symptoms of spinal osteochondrosis (in Hungarian). Orv Hetil 131:2699–2702Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Viola S (1992) Spinal mobility and posture in children. Anthropol Közl (English) 34:99–107Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Willner S, Johnson B (1983) Thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis during the growth period in children. Acta Pediatr Scand 72:873–878Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Viola
    • 1
  • I. Andrássy
    • 1
  1. 1.Buda Children's HospitalBudapestHungary

Personalised recommendations