Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Spinal Deformities in Adolescents, Adults and Older Adults

Josette Bettany-Saltikov

Teesside University


Gokulakannan Kandasamy

Teesside University


Spinal assessment spinal measurement Scoliosis-specific Exercises spinal braces Information needs Gait psychological status Spinal deformities self management Perceptions treatment

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About the book

With significant numbers of adults and older adults developing a spinal deformity, this book aims to discuss the information and treatment needs of these patients; these include adults with hyperkyphosis, osteoporosis combined with scoliosis, kyphoscoliosis, thoracic hyperkyphosis, spondylolisthesis, congenital scoliosis, idiopathic as well as Denovo scoliosis and other spinal disorders. The latest innovative conservative and surgical approaches to the treatment of these conditions will be discussed. Although much is known about adolescents with scoliosis and other spinal deformities much less research has been conducted on adults and older adults. With the numbers of older people everywhere increasing significantly in recent years, it is important that we address the needs of this patient group. It is also very important to give these patients a voice through qualitative research to enable clinicians, researchers and the family understand how we can best help them. It is also anticipated that other issues of importance to adults and older adults with spinal deformities such as the patients learning how to treat their own deformity (self management), becoming more independent and learning the exercises and activities to manage their own pain, gait, mobility and functional activities will also be debated.

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Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: September 10th 2019

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

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Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: November 30th 2019

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Review results due: February 18th 2020

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Expected publication date: April 18th 2020

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About the editor

Josette Bettany-Saltikov

Teesside University

Dr. Bettany-Saltikov qualified as a physiotherapist in 1986 and is now an active researcher, writer, and senior lecturer. She has been working in the field of spinal deformities and postural disorders for over 30 years and has written many papers in this area, in various orthopedic journals. She has presented her studies extensively all over the world. She is heavily involved in both supervising and teaching doctoral students (both PhDs and professional doctorates) and is a manuscript reviewer for a number of journals. She is a grant reviewer for a number of national and international societies such as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Health Technology Assessment Programme, the Dutch Arthritis Society, as well as the Hong Kong and South African research councils. She is very passionate about developing the underpinning objective and evidence-based research demonstrating the effectiveness of physiotherapy approaches in this area. She sincerely hopes that empowering service users (patients, parents, clinicians, and researchers) with the best evidence-based knowledge available will enable all involved in this area to both provide and access best practice.

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