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A life course approach to musculoskeletal ageing: muscle strength, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis

Joan Bassey, Avan Aihie Sayer and Cyrus Cooper

in A Life Course Approach to Women's Health

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780192632890
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723629 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.003.0007

Series: Life Course Approach to Adult Health

A life course approach to musculoskeletal ageing: muscle strength, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis

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This chapter reviews the development and aging of three key components of the musculoskeletal system (muscle, bone, and cartilage), and considers their consequences for adult disease. Musculoskeletal disorders are an important cause of morbidity and functional impairment in the general population. They are strongly age-related, and tend to occur more frequently among women than men. For the three important causes of musculoskeletal disability(age-related declines in muscle strength; osteoporosis; and osteoarthritis) evidence now exists to suggest aetiological factors acting throughout the life course.

Keywords: musculoskeletal system; muscle; bone; cartilage; aging

Chapter.  10286 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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