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J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 1996 Feb;23(2):164-70.

Skeletal malalignments of the lower quarter: correlated and compensatory motions and postures.

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  • 1Division of Physical Therapy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

Abstract

Pathology of structures within the neuromusculoskeletal system can result from skeletal malalignment, which the authors define as either abnormal joint alignment or deformity within a bone. Pathology can also result from correlated or compensatory motions or postures, which may accompany skeletal malalignment. The purposes of this clinical perspective are to: 1) link common lower limb skeletal malalignments to their common correlated and compensatory motions and postures; and 2) document the age-specific normal skeletal postural alignment for joints and bones of the lower limb. The authors have combined literature review with their clinical perspectives and the clinical perspectives of selected colleagues in this paper to compile this information, which should be beneficial to health professionals involved in assessment, treatment, and prevention of lower quarter neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.

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