Effectiveness of Telerehabilitation for Correcting Posture in Elderly with Thoracic Kyphosis in Urban Thailand





Cost-effectiveness, Elderly, Exercise, Telerehabilitation, Thoracic kyphosis


Introduction: Thoracic kyphosis (TK) is an abnormal thoracic spine. Telerehabilitation and conventional physical therapy were compared for correct posture in the thoracic angle, forward head posture, back muscle strength, and cost-effectiveness. Method: Twenty-two Thai women 60 years of age and over, with thoracic angles over 45 degrees, participated in this study. Participants were randomly allocated into a telerehabilitation group (TG) or a control group (CG). TG and CG underwent a thoracic corrective exercise program for 1 hour each session, three times per week for 8 weeks. Result: Thoracic angle, forward head posture, and back muscle strength improved (P < .05) in both groups. Furthermore, cost-effectiveness showed the cost of intervention in TG lower than CG, approximately 133.78 US$. Conclusion: Our study showed no difference in telepractice program efficacy and effectiveness compared to in-person treatment in the clinic. Thus, telerehabilitation may be an alternative treatment for the elderly who cannot travel to the hospital.


Author Biographies

Santhanee Khruakhorn, Thammasat university

Faculty of allied health sciences, department of physical therapy, rank Assistant Professor

Nathaphon Jirasakulsuk, Thammasat University

Faculty of allied health sciences, department of physical therapy, rank Master degree student

Pattaridaporn Saengpromma, Thammasat university

Faculty of allied health sciences, department of physical therapy, rank master degree student


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Khruakhorn, S., Jirasakulsuk, N., & Saengpromma, P. (2023). Effectiveness of Telerehabilitation for Correcting Posture in Elderly with Thoracic Kyphosis in Urban Thailand. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 15(2). https://doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2023.6566



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