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Objectives: In the 10-year sequel, 1 To look at 10-year changes in cortical bone thickness, base osteophyte occurrence, and radiological signs of osteoarthritis in the fingers of elite male sport climbers with more than 25 years of climbing experience. Methods: All 31 elite sport climbers who participated in both the baseline and 10-year follow-up assessments were tested by means of X-rays. Results: Cortical bone thickness has greatly increased over the past ten years in climbers over the past ten years, with 95% CI: 0. 77 mm, 1. 19 mm; p 0. 001. p 0. 001; 0. 8 mm, 1. 12 mm, p 0. 001. Base osteophytes were not significantly more prevalent in lateral radiographs than ten years ago in majority of the joints. The percentage of climbers with osteophytes in any DIP PIP joint increased from 93. 5% 67. 7% at baseline to 100% 74 percent at the 10-year follow-up. According to Kellgren-Lawrence in any DIP PIP joint, the percentage of climbers with obvious signs of osteoarthritis in any DIP PIP joint increased from 12. 9% 9. 7% to 74. 2% 64. 5% at the 10-year follow-up. Conclusion: An accumulation of repetitive climbing-related stress to elite sport climbers' fingers over the course of their careers may lead to lifelong mechano-adaptation of all phalanges' cortical bone thicknesses.
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