MSK Validation Study

Study Purpose

Spinal posture and imbalance are known to be related to increased muscle expenditure, with narrow "cone of economy" of muscle effort defining the most comfortable postures. Therefore, it is hypothesized that predicting the posture of the lowest muscle effort available for a patient with a given spinal alignment and body properties will correspond to the posture the patient will most likely assume. Based on established musculoskeletal models, a model application was configured to allow prediction of this optimal posture. This study aims to assess the validity of this approach and the value of using biomechanical modeling for pre-operative planning.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Healthy volunteers are participants who do not have a disease or condition, or related conditions or symptoms

Study Type

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Eligible Ages 18 Years and Over
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Male or female patients. 2. Any ethnicity. 3. At least 18 years of age. 4. Has undergone a thoracolumbar spinal fusion procedure.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Patient has had a prior spinal surgery (including cervical); 2. Patient presents scoliosis greater or equal to 20° T4-T12 Cobb angle; 3. Patient has been diagnosed with idiopathic adolescent scoliosis (treated or ntreated); 4. Patient has had knee, hip or shoulder joint replacement; 5. Patient has other implants that obstruct the spine and / or pelvis in the lateral view; 6. Patient presents one of the following complications: pseudoarthrosis, instrumentation failure or pull-out prior to the follow-up point evaluated in the study. 7. Patient has a mental or physical condition that would limit the ability to comply with study requirements; 8. Patient is a prisoner.

Trial Details

Trial ID:

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Lead Sponsor

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Principal Investigator

The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.

Kyle Malone, MS
Principal Investigator Affiliation NuVasive
Agency Class

Category of organization(s) involved as sponsor (and collaborator) supporting the trial.

Overall Status Enrolling by invitation
Countries United States

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Proximal Junctional Kyphosis, Spino-pelvic Alignment, Thoracolumbar Spinal Fusion
Additional Details

The objective of this study is to validate a novel method of post-operative posture prediction

  • - a full-body biomechanical model based on an established technology and physiological reasoning.
Specifically, the model ability to predict postoperative global sagittal alignment, including compensatory and reciprocal changes, from pre-operative radiographic imaging and the information about planned posture correction will be evaluated. This will be realized by comparing model-predicted radiographic measures and overall balance to follow-up patient radiographs. Having demonstrated model validity to predict postoperative posture will allow to use this method for simulating various "what-if" scenarios to empower surgical planning by predicting expected outcomes. This can be used to optimizing preoperative planning, which has a potential to substantially improved surgery predictability and patient outcomes. Furthermore, validated model will allow scientific investigation of the principles governing human posture and biomechanics of the pathological spine. Generated scientific knowledge of biomechanical factors influencing sagittal posture and surgery outcomes (e.g. number of levels fused, amount and distribution of posture correction, etc.) can lead to improvements in clinical management of spinal disorders.

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University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado



University of Colorado

Aurora, Colorado, 80045