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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