Degenerative joint disease in ballet dancers

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1989 Jan:(238):233-6.


Forty-four retired dancers were studied with regard to degenerative joint disease in the lower limbs. Six cases of coxarthrosis were found, significantly more than expected in the general population. In addition, there were four cases of tibio-femoral arthrosis, six of knee osteophytosis, four of patellofemoral arthrosis, three of chondrocalcinosis, and one of bilateral ankle arthrosis. More than one-half of the dancers had arthrosis in the metatarsophalangeal joints.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Ankle Joint
  • Dancing*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Knee Joint
  • Male
  • Metatarsophalangeal Joint
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoarthritis / epidemiology*
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / epidemiology