Relationships between habitual physical activity and osteoarthrosis in ageing women

Public Health. 1993 Nov;107(6):459-70. doi: 10.1016/s0033-3506(05)80172-6.


The examination of middle-aged women specialist teachers of physical education, who have undertaken habitual physical activity over many years, demonstrated a lower prevalence of osteoarthrosis in the knee joints, a greater prevalence of degenerative joint disease in the lumbar spine and a similar prevalence of osteoarthrosis in the hips, compared with a closely age-matched group. A further review 12 years later revealed significantly less joint pain and joint stiffness in active women compared with less active controls.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aging / physiology*
  • England / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / epidemiology
  • Knee Joint
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoarthritis / epidemiology*
  • Osteoarthritis / physiopathology
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / epidemiology
  • Physical Education and Training*
  • Prevalence
  • Spinal Diseases / epidemiology
  • Sports
  • Stress, Mechanical
  • Teaching