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Research Letter
March 6, 2019

Fractures in Elderly Americans Associated With Walking Leashed Dogs

Author Affiliations
  • 1Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2Hatboro-Horsham High School, Horsham, Pennsylvania
  • 3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Surg. 2019;154(5):458-459. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.0061

Dog walking is often suggested as an effective modality for improving physical health in elderly Americans.1 Nonetheless, injury risks associated with dog walking remain obscure. Considering that older patients are more vulnerable to fractures owing to falls or axial muscle compression forces inherent to walking motions, a risk-benefit analysis with respect to dog walking as an exercise alternative is essential to minimizing injury risk.2 This study represents a comprehensive, up-to-date investigation into fracture risk in older adults who use leashes when walking dogs.

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