Roentgenographic analysis of posture in spinal osteoporotics

Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1991 Jul;16(7):750-6. doi: 10.1097/00007632-199107000-00011.


This study was designed to investigate the relationship between postural deformities--including both the spine and lower extremities--and clinical symptoms in spinal osteoporotics. Lateral roentgenographic films of 100 osteoporotic patients taken in a standing position were analyzed. Thoracic kyphosis, a primary deformity of the osteoporotic spine, appeared compensated by the lumbar spine, sacroiliac joint, hip joint, and knee joint, respectively. Low-back pain was highly associated with decreased lumbar lordosis and increased sacropelvic angle, suggesting that the sacroiliac joint was one of the causes of low-back pain.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Back Pain / epidemiology
  • Back Pain / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Kyphosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / complications
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / diagnostic imaging*
  • Posture*
  • Radiography
  • Sacroiliac Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Spinal Diseases / complications
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnostic imaging*