A motion profile of the lumbar spine in an ageing population assessed by manual examination

Jull G. and Bullock M. (1987) A motion profile of the lumbar spine in an ageing population assessed by manual examination. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 3 2: 70-81. doi:10.3109/09593988709087743


Author Jull G.
Bullock M.
Title A motion profile of the lumbar spine in an ageing population assessed by manual examination
Journal name Physiotherapy Theory and Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-3985
Publication date 1987-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/09593988709087743
Open Access Status
Volume 3
Issue 2
Start page 70
End page 81
Total pages 12
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Subject 3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
Abstract Manipulative physiotherapists routinely examine abnormal lumbar intersegmental motion in back pain sufferers. However, they do so without sufficient information of the changes occurring normally with age. Although age changes in mechanical properties of tissues and in range of lumbar movement have been documented, no data have been available on which a level of abnormality might be judged directly applicable to manual perception of movement. This study is aimed at providing such data. Two hundred adult subjects (100 males and 100 females) who had never suffered back pain were studied. Their ages spanned 15-65 years. The lumbar segments L5- S, to T12- L1 were examined by manual methods for all physiological directions and postero-anterior accessory glides. Motion was rated on a five point motion rating scale. The results indicated that there is an increasing incidence of hypomobility with age (p < 0.001) but that the decline in motion is not marked. Gender is not a major determining factor in mobility. This study has provided a succinct set of data relating to normal lumbar intersegmental motion in various age groups, which should form a basis for future comparisons with low back pain sufferers.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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