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Does exercise cause arthritis? Long-term consequences of exercise on the musculoskeletal system.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2087579     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recreational exercise has achieved great popularity. Possible benefits to participants include increased longevity, decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, improved psychological well-being, and greater fitness. An important but yet unanswered concern is whether exercise or physical overuse conditions play a role in the pathogenesis of OA. In humans, anecdotal observations have suggested relationships between recreational activities and degenerative joint disease. The few controlled studies that exist, however, reported have indicated that exercise need not be deleterious to joints. Available data may be interpreted to suggest that reasonable recreational exercise--carried out within limits of comfort, putting joints through normal motions, and without underlying joint abnormality--need not inevitably lead to joint injury, even over many years. Finally, we are witnessing thoughtful re-evaluation of physical exercise as a therapeutic modality for arthritis patients. It is possible that certain patients may achieve psychological and clinical benefit from selected exercise programs.
R S Panush
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Rheumatic diseases clinics of North America     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0889-857X     ISO Abbreviation:  Rheum. Dis. Clin. North Am.     Publication Date:  1990 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-05-20     Completed Date:  1991-05-20     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708093     Medline TA:  Rheum Dis Clin North Am     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  827-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, Newark.
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MeSH Terms
Osteoarthritis / etiology*

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