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This report describes a case in which Pilates exercise was used successfully to treat age-related kyphosis. The patient was a 72-year-old woman who presented to us complaining of abnormal posture and being unable to stand for more than 3 min without using a walker or cane. A standing lateral plain radiograph showed kyphotic deformity of the thoracic spine and a C7 sagittal vertical axis to be 185 mm. We recommended thoracic to iliac spinal correction and fusion surgery. However, the patient opted for conservative treatment, so was referred for rehabilitation. Her kyphosis was flexible, with a decrease in the thoracic kyphosis angle from about 50 degrees in the standing position to about 10 degrees in the lying position. The basic concept when using Pilates exercise for rehabilitation in patients with kyphosis is stretching of the ventral aspect of the body and strengthening exercises for the dorsal aspect of the spine. After 4 weeks of rehabilitation, the patient’s posture became more upright and she could stand without support for more than 10 min. Even though we have had only one such case, our experience is that Pilates exercise can be a useful rehabilitation tool for patients with age-related kyphosis.
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