Dr. Wendy Katzman to Present Her Research at CSM

Dr. Wendy Katzman will be presenting the results of the Study of Hyperkyphosis, Exercise and Function (SHEAF) trial at the APTA Combined Sections meeting in San Antonio, TX. The study was a randomized controlled trial studying the effects of a multi-modal spine strengthening exercise program on Cobb angle of kyphosis in 99 community-dwelling older adults aged 60 years or older. Participants in the active group received a physical therapist-led group exercise program 3 times a week for 6-months and the controls attended monthly health-education classes. Participants receiving the exercise program reduced their radiographic and clinical measures of kyphosis. They also improved self-esteem and confidence in their appearance.

Age-related hyperkyphosis is a common, easily recognized geriatric syndrome that is associated with poor health outcomes. Results from this trial suggest that targeted spine strengthening exercise with postural training should be considered as a viable and safe treatment option for older adults.