Spine Projects

Dynamic stability and physical activity among patients with adult sequelae of pediatric spinal deformity

The goal of this project is to define the relationship among static balance, dynamic balance, physical activity and quality of life in a group of people with spinal deformity. Evaluations will be performed before and after surgery, with comparisons made longitudinally and in relation to age- and sex-matched controls.

Idiopathic scoliosis often develops in young girls and boys between the ages of 10 and 15. Adult sequelae of pediatric-onset scoliosis or spondylolisthesis often present with sagittal spine imbalance. Such imbalance is energy demanding and can lead to further muscle contracture, fatigue and pain.

While radiographic measures of sagittal spinal deformity have been linked to health-related quality of life, there is not much research related to dynamic stability among this population. As the trunk segment maintains dynamic stability and allows for efficient movement of the limbs in space to attain proper locomotion, understanding the effects of scoliosis on gait is important.