Low-level accelerations applied in the absence of weight bearing can enhance trabecular bone formation. J Orthop Res

Department of Biomedical Engineering, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2580, USA.
Journal of Orthopaedic Research (Impact Factor: 2.99). 06/2007; 25(6):732-40. DOI: 10.1002/jor.20354
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High-frequency whole body vibrations can be osteogenic, but their efficacy appears limited to skeletal segments that are weight bearing and thus subject to the induced load. To determine the anabolic component of this signal, we investigated whether low-level oscillatory displacements, in the absence of weight bearing, are anabolic to skeletal tissue. A loading apparatus, developed to shake specific segments of the murine skeleton without the direct application of deformations to the tissue, was used to subject the left tibia of eight anesthesized adult female C57BL/6J mice to small (0.3 g or 0.6 g) 45 Hz sinusoidal accelerations for 10 min/day, while the right tibia served as an internal control. Video and strain analysis revealed that motions of the apparatus and tibia were well coupled, inducing dynamic cortical deformations of less than three microstrain. After 3 weeks, trabecular metaphyseal bone formation rates and the percentage of mineralizing surfaces (MS/BS) were 88% and 64% greater (p < 0.05) in tibiae accelerated at 0.3 g than in their contralateral controls. At 0.6 g, bone formation rates and mineral apposition rates were 66% and 22% greater (p < 0.05) in accelerated tibiae. Changes in bone morphology were evident only in the epiphysis, where stimulated tibiae displayed significantly greater cortical area (+8%) and thickness (+8%). These results suggest that tiny acceleratory motions--independent of direct loading of the matrix--can influence bone formation and bone morphology. If confirmed by clinical studies, the unique nature of the signal may ultimately facilitate the stimulation of skeletal regions that are prone to osteoporosis even in patients that are suffering from confinement to wheelchairs, bed rest, or space travel.

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    • "Specifically, we sought to determine if trabecular morphometry, cortical geometry, and mechanical properties are better in tibia of vibrated than non-vibrated mice. Previous studies in mice showed that at least 3–6 weeks of vibration training is necessary to evoke structural adaptations within bone [39], [44], [47], [48], [49]. Consequently, we hypothesized that 8 weeks of vibration would improve the tibial bone of mdx mice. "
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