The validity of clinical examination in adolescent spinal deformities

C. Grosso, S. Negrini, A. Boniolo, A. Negrini

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Abstract

Study Design: retrospective study on the accuracy and reliability of two clinical tests for scoliosis in young patients. Aim: to evaluate the inter-observer reliability of three non-invasive clinical measurements: hump height (HH), axial trunk rotation (ATR), and distance of the spinous process from the plumb line (DP) in standing; to compare these results with the corresponding radiographic measurements, the Cobb angles (CA). Population: 116 patients, 78 females and 38 males; 410 examinations have been performed (144 patients with brace and 266 without). Methods: a database was created using the measurements of different clinical parameters obtained from two examiners that measured them independently and in the same conditions. The Cobb method has been used as a gold standard. Results: our results show a very high inter-rater reliability for HH and ATR measurements. The DP shows a different inter-rater reliability for the thoracic (C7) and lumbar (L3) spine, in both cases lower than that in the frontal plane; the ICC of the thoracolumbar DP (D12) was very low. The correlation with the radiographic value was weak.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Pages123-125
Number of pages3
Volume91
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event4th Meeting of the International Research Society of Spinal Deformities, IRSSD 2002 - Athens, Greece
Duration: May 24 2002May 27 2002

Other

Other4th Meeting of the International Research Society of Spinal Deformities, IRSSD 2002
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period5/24/025/27/02

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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    Grosso, C., Negrini, S., Boniolo, A., & Negrini, A. (2002). The validity of clinical examination in adolescent spinal deformities. In Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (Vol. 91, pp. 123-125) https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-60750-935-6-123