Long-Distance Running, Bone Density, and Osteoarthritis

Nancy E Lane, Daniel A. Bloch, Henry H. Jones, William H. Marshall, Peter D. Wood, James F. Fries

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Abstract

Forty-one long-distance runners aged 50 to 72 years were compared with 41 matched community controls to examine associations of repetitive, long-term physical impact (running) with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Roentgenograms of hands, lateral lumbar spine, and knees were assessed without knowledge of running status. A computed tomographic scan of the first lumbar vertebra was performed to quantitate bone mineral content. Runners, both male and female, have approximately 40% more bone mineral than matched controls. Female runners, but not male runners, appear to have somewhat more sclerosis and spur formation in spine and weight-bearing knee x-ray films, but not in hand x-ray films. There were no differences between groups in joint space narrowing, crepitation, joint stability, or symptomatic osteoarthritis. Running is associated with increased bone mineral but not, in this cross-sectional study, with clinical osteoarthritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1147-1151
Number of pages5
JournalJAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association
Volume255
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 7 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Osteoarthritis
Bone Density
Motion Pictures
Minerals
Knee
Spine
Hand
Joints
X-Rays
Bone and Bones
Lumbar Vertebrae
Weight-Bearing
Sclerosis
Osteoporosis
Cross-Sectional Studies

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Long-Distance Running, Bone Density, and Osteoarthritis. / Lane, Nancy E; Bloch, Daniel A.; Jones, Henry H.; Marshall, William H.; Wood, Peter D.; Fries, James F.

In: JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 255, No. 9, 07.03.1986, p. 1147-1151.

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Lane, Nancy E ; Bloch, Daniel A. ; Jones, Henry H. ; Marshall, William H. ; Wood, Peter D. ; Fries, James F. / Long-Distance Running, Bone Density, and Osteoarthritis. In: JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association. 1986 ; Vol. 255, No. 9. pp. 1147-1151.
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