The Relationship Between Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis in the Spine

Clin Rheumatol. 1998;17(1):44-6. doi: 10.1007/BF01450957.

Abstract

The degree of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis in the lumbar spine has been compared in patients with spinal osteoarthritis and osteoporotic fractures and in a normal control group of 252 elderly subjects, to investigate the relationship between osteoarthritis and osteoporosis in the spine. The two indices were highly significantly different in the three groups (p<0.01). The degree of osteoarthritis in the osteoarthritic patients was higher (p<0.01) than in the fracture patients and the normal control subjects, while the degree of osteoporosis in the fracture patients was higher than in osteoarthritic patients and normal controls (p<0.01). These data support the conclusion that osteoarthritis and osteoporosis in the spine are inversely related.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoarthritis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Osteoporosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radiography
  • Reference Values
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnostic imaging