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Evaluation of the thoracic curvature and the presence of pain in women of different age groups

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Reis, Júlia Guimarães ; Costa, Gustavo de Carvalho da [2] ; Trevisan, Deborah Colucci ; Vasconcelos, Fernanda Moura ; Matos, Mariana da Silva ; Abreu, Daniela Cristina Carvalho de
Total Authors: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: Coluna/Columna; v. 8, n. 1, p. 27-31, 2009.
Field of knowledge: Health Sciences - Medicine

To demonstrate the use of the flexicurve method for evaluation and comparison of thoracic kyphosis in healthy women of different ages, and to observe if there is a correlation between degree of pain and thoracic kyphosis using the Visual Analog Scale (VAS). The study was composed by a group of young G1 (n = 24) and another group G2 (n = 24) which were submitted for evaluation of thoracic curvature (using the flexicurve method) and back pain (using VAS). Found a statistically significant difference in the angle of thoracic kyphosis in group 2 compared to group 1 and a weak correlation between the angle of thoracic kyphosis and pain classification of the VAS - in groups 1 and 2. The group 1 showed a normal degree of thoracic curvature and the group and group 2 showed a exacerbated degree of thoracic kyphosis, characterizing themselves as hiperkyphosis. However, there was no correlation between degree of pain and thoracic kyphosis in both groups. (AU)