Thoracic Hyperkyphosis: A Survey of Australian Physiotherapists

Diana Perriman, Jennie Scarvell, Andrew Hughes, Christian Lueck, Keith Dear, Paul Smith

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Background: Age-related thoracic hyperkyphosis can lead to poor health outcomes including pain and dysfunction. Physiotherapists are fundamentally involved in the assessment and treatment of this problem but there is no published data that details assessment and treatment strategies or the attitudes of practitioners with respect to hyperkyphosis. Purpose: The purpose of the study is to ascertain current physiotherapy practice for, and attitudes to, the assessment and treatment of thoracic hyperkyphosis in Australia. Method: A stratified random sample (N=468) of Australian physiotherapists in all states and territories working in hospitals, outpatient clinics and community clinics were sent an anonymous cross-sectional postal survey. The survey had six sections identifying clinical profile, prevalence, measurement strategy, treatment frequency, treatment strategy and evidence source. Results: A response rate of 47% with anonymity preserved was achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-178
Number of pages12
JournalPhysiotherapy Research International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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