The Health Consequences of Vertebral Deformity in Elderly Chinese Men and Women

  title={The Health Consequences of Vertebral Deformity in Elderly Chinese Men and Women},
  author={Edith M. C. Lau and Jean Woo and H. H. L. Chan and Man Khun Chan and J J Griffith and Yong Hoow Chan and Ping-chung Leung},
  journal={Calcified Tissue International},
The following health consequences of vertebral deformity in Hong Kong elderly Chinese men and women were studied: the prevalence of back pain, disability due to back pain, and low morale. Lateral X-ray films were taken of the thoracic and lumbar spine of 796 community-dwelling Chinese subjects (396 men, 400 women) (aged 70–79). Subjects with one or more definitely deformed vertebra (reduction in vertebral height 3 SD or more below the mean) were classified as definite cases, those with one or… CONTINUE READING


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