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Jump Around to Prevent Osteoporosis: Study

By    |   Friday, 20 February 2015 04:18 PM

Jumping is often thought of as a cause of knee pain, but a new study shows that this form of high impact exercise could help prevent osteoporosis and as well as slow the progression of osteoarthritis in older women, a new study finds.
 
Older women are at risk for osteoarthritis, the most common form of the joint disease, as well as osteoporosis, the so-called thinning bone disease that comes from again.
 
Exercise, particularly high-impact activity, is considered a way to help prevent osteoporosis, but it is often thought of as dangerous to people with osteoarthritis, so a team of Finnish researchers decided to see if this was really the case.
 
They recruited 80 women ages 50 to 65 with a confirmed diagnosis of mild osteoarthritis who also suffered from knee pain and divided them into a training group and a control group. 

The training group performed a supervised, progressive high-impact exercise program three times a week for 12 months while the control group continued their normal physical activity. 
 
The researchers found that the training program did not induce knee pain or stiffness, and that the participants liked it. They also performed MRI imaging and found that the program improved the quality of the bone cartilage, especially in the kneecap.

They also found evidence that such improvements might slow the progression of osteoarthritis and also help prevent bone thinning.
 
The study was funded by the Academy of Finland.
 
 

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