An important part of healthy and pathologic human motion can be analyzed through the kinematic and postural study of elementary tasks .
Idiopathic scoliosis is a 3D deformation (occuring in all three planes of space) of the human spine. Its cause remains poorly known and current treaments for moderate adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (braces) do not correct the deformation. In the best case it stops the progression and for most of the braces the stabilisation appears only in the frontal plane.
Some studies proved that scoliotic patients exhibit kinematic differences with healthy subjects and postural alterations have been observed as a result of orthopedic treatments. However no studies showed interest in analyzing trunk motion of scoliotic patients so as to characterize postural abnormalities potentially correctable. This trunk analysis in scoliotic patients is the main focus of my research activities. It is to identify kinematic and postural differences between scoliotic patients and healthy subjects during classical dynamic tasks (bending, rotation, walking, sitting, ...) in order to eventually improve the care of these patients.This enhanced support means a better understanding of the disease and the development of a new brace, more adpated, easier to wear and allowing intelligent correction of postural abnormalities.