Computation of Intersegmental Moments during Standing Posture: Can We Neglect the Horizontal Ground Reaction Force? Results from an Experimental Study

  • Prost Solène
  • Pesenti Sebastien
  • Moal Bertrand
  • Pomero Vincent
  • Fuentes Stephane
  • Tropiano Patrick
  • Lafage Virginie
  • Jouve Jean-Luc
  • Blondel Benjamin


Background. e development of postural analysis thanks to force and pressure platforms, in order to determine the center of pressure, can be valuable in the setting of spinal malalignment. e purpose of this study was to compare "pressure" and "force" platforms for the evaluation of the center of pressure. In other words, can we neglect the horizontal ground reaction force in the evaluation of intersegmental moments during standing posture? Methods. Postural data from two healthy adult volunteers were analyzed. Analysis of the posture was done according to a protocol providing sagittal intersegmental moments. A set of 36 markers was used to divide the body in 10 segments. Postacquisition calculations were done in order to obtain the sagittal net in-tersegmental moments. To evaluate the differences in intersegmental moments between force and pressure platforms, the postacquisition calculations were done with a simulated pressure platform. Mean intersegmental moments between each body segment for each volunteer were compared. Findings. ere were significant differences between the 2 platforms in intersegmental moments for the lumbo-sacral junction, hips, knees, and ankles (p < 0.005). All differences were inferior to intrasubject variability measured with the force platform (p < 0.001). Results from intra-and interobserver comparisons showed that differences measured with the pressure platform were all inferior to the standard error obtained with the force platform for every in-tersegmental moment (p < 0.001). Interpretation. e use of a simulated pressure platform to determine intersegmental moments has the same clinical efficiency as force platforms. Moreover, the possibility to set the platform into the radiograph room will allow in a second time a correlation between radiographic parameters and biomechanical constraints applied to the spine.