Washington: The shape of a person`s spinal column may predict their risk for disability in old age, a research has claimed.A team of researchers based in Japan found that the trunk angle of inclination - the angle between the true vertical and a straight line from the first thoracic vertebra to the first sacral vertebra- is linked to becoming dependent on help for activities of daily living (ADL) such as bathing, feeding, toilet, maintaining continence, dressing, and transferring in or out of a bed or chair.The authors said that the spinal posture changes with age, but evidence shows that a good spinal posture is important to help the aged to maintain independent lives.The team`s data were sourced from 804 participants aged 65 years or older.The subjects` spinal posture was measured with a spinal mouse, which is a computer-assisted noninvasive device for measuring spinal shape.
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