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2023 Jan 31

BMC Musculoskelet Disord



Sex-specific effects of calving season on joint health and biomarkers in Montana ranchers.


Thompson MA, Martin SA, Hislop BD, Younkin R, Andrews TM, Miller K, June RK, Adams ES
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2023 Jan 31; 24(1):80.
PMID: 36717802.


Agricultural workers have a higher incidence of osteoarthritis (OA), but the etiology behind this phenomenon is unclear. Calving season, which occurs in mid- to late-winter for ranchers, includes physical conditions that may elevate OA risk. Our primary aim was to determine whether OA biomarkers are elevated at the peak of calving season compared to pre-season, and to compare these data with joint health survey information from the subjects. Our secondary aim was to detect biomarker differences between male and female ranchers.