European Spine Journal

, Volume 19, Issue 10, pp 1735–1739 | Cite as

The rasterstereographic–dynamic analysis of posture in adolescents using a modified Matthiass test

  • Marcel Betsch
  • Michael Wild
  • Pascal Jungbluth
  • Simon Thelen
  • Mohssen Hakimi
  • Joachim Windolf
  • Thomas Horstmann
  • Walter Rapp
Original Article


The Matthiass posture test is a clinical test to detect posture changes in children and adolescents. Aim of this study was to objectify this test using a dynamic rasterstereographic measuring device. We examined 31 healthy athletes during a modified Matthiass test with a dynamic rasterstereographic measuring system. Hereby the trunk inclination, kyphosis and lordosis angle were measured. The trunk inclination decreased by about 50% of the basic value just by raising the arms. Additional weight loads of only 5% body weight (bw) resulted in significant changes of the posture (lordosis and kyphosis angle) during this test. With this rasterstereographic measuring device it seems to be possible to determine spinal posture changes under dynamic conditions. The results suggest that additional weights of 5% bw during the Matthias-test are enough to create significant deviations in posture parameters, even in healthy subjects.


Spine Posture Rasterstereography Dynamic examination Matthiass test 



This study was supported by operating grants from EU Craft Project 4D Body Scan Project No 1999-71038.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcel Betsch
    • 1
  • Michael Wild
    • 1
  • Pascal Jungbluth
    • 1
  • Simon Thelen
    • 1
  • Mohssen Hakimi
    • 1
  • Joachim Windolf
    • 1
  • Thomas Horstmann
    • 2
  • Walter Rapp
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Trauma and Hand SurgeryHeinrich Heine University HospitalDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Department of OrthopedicsMedical Park St. HubertusBad WiesseeGermany
  3. 3.Department of Sports MedicineEberhard Karls University HospitalTübingenGermany

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