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An energy approach describes spine equilibrium in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Brun-Cottan, Baptiste and Assemat, Pauline and Doyeux, Vincent and Accadbled, Franck and Sales de Gauzy, Jérôme and Compagnon, Roxane and Swider, Pascal An energy approach describes spine equilibrium in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. (2020) Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 19 (5). 1-12. ISSN 1617-7959

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10237-020-01390-9


The adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a 3D deformity of the spine whose origin is unknown and clinical evolution unpredictable. In this work, a mixed theoretical and numerical approach based on energetic considerations is proposed to study the global spine deformations. The introduced mechanical model aims at overcoming the limitations of computational cost and high variability in physical parameters. The model is constituted of rigid vertebral bodies associated with 3D effective stiffness tensors. The spine equilibrium is found using minimization methods of the mechanical total energy which circumvents forces and loading calculation. The values of the model parameters exhibited in the stiffness tensor are retrieved using a combination of clinical images post-processing and inverse algorithms implementation. Energy distribution patterns can then be evaluated at the global spine scale to investigate given time patient-specific features. To verify the reliability of the numerical methods, a simplified model of spine was implemented. The methodology was then applied to a clinical case of AIS (13-year-old girl, Lenke 1A). Comparisons of the numerical spine geometry with clinical data equilibria showed numerical calculations were performed with great accuracy. The patient follow-up allowed us to highlight the energetic role of the apical and junctional zones of the deformed spine, the repercussion of sagittal bending in sacro-illiac junctions and the significant role of torsion with scoliosis aggravation. Tangible comparisons of output measures with clinical pathology knowledge provided a reliable basis for further use of those numerical developments in AIS classification, scoliosis evolution prediction and potentially surgical planning.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-03032969
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse - CHU Toulouse (FRANCE)
Laboratory name:
The French Minister of Education and Research - The Children Hospital of Toulouse (France)
Deposited On:26 Oct 2020 10:20

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