Thoracic kyphosis and physical function

Are thoracic kyphosis and physical function in older adults associated?

Excessive kyphosis of the thoracic spine often occurs at older age. Hyperkyphosis is associated with adverse health outcomes, such as falls, fractures and mortality in older adults. However, the effect of kyphosis severity on physical function is not firmly established. This prospective cohort study aimed to determine the contribution of excessive kyphosis to decreased physical function over 3 years of follow-up in a community-based sample of adults.

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