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Research Article

Inter-tester and Intra-tester Reliability of a Clinically Based Spinal Height Measurement Protocol

Patricia L. Pennell1, S. Christopher Owens2*, Jean-Michel Brismée3, Gregory Dedrick3, C. Roger James4 and Phillip S. Sizer Jr3
1Back to Motion Physical Therapy, 1110 Acoma St, Denver CO 80204, USA
2Hampton University School of Science, Hampton, VA 23668, USA
3Clinical Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Allied Health Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock TX 79430, USA
4Center for Rehabilitation Research, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Allied Health Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock TX 79430, USA
Corresponding Author : S. Christopher Owens
Hampton University School of Science
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Hampton, USA
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received December 11, 2011; Accepted January 09, 2012; Published January 15, 2012
Citation: Pennell PL, Owens SC, Brismée J, Dedrick G, James CR, et al. (2012) Inter-tester and Intra-tester Reliability of a Clinically Based Spinal Height Measurement Protocol. J Spine 1:109. doi:10.4172/2165-7939.1000109
Copyright: © 2012 Pennell PL, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Background: Spine height is related to disc hydration and activity. We aimed to establish inter- and intra-tester reliability for spine height measurements using a commercially available stadiometer that can be utilized in clinical settings. Methods: Twenty-nine healthy men and women (mean age = 29 ± 3.2 years) volunteered to participate. Each subject was seated in the stadiometer for 10 minutes with a 4.5 kg weight placed on each shoulder. The load was removed and spine height was measured every minute for five minutes by two different testers. Measurements were repeated twice more by one tester. Results: The means of the standard deviations were smaller than the mean differences, suggesting low variability and good reliability. The intraclass correlation coefficient was 0.99 for both testing sequences. Conclusions: This is the first study to establish the inter-tester and intra-tester reliability of measuring spinal height using a commercially available clinic based stadiometer protoco

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