Frequently, running gets a bad reputation for damaging joints. I have always told patients it is somewhat controversial, but that running on a normal non-arthritic joint is probably safe. If you have developed arthritis then I believe you should at a minimum cross train with less impact cardio activities such as elliptical, walking, stairmaster, cycling or swimming. If you continue to run on a damaged joint I believe it may accelerate the wear and tear and subsequent arthritis. A recently published study seems to support the fact that running may not be harmful and actually may be helpful for normal joints. read the details HERE
Rick Wright, MD, the author of this blog, is a sports medicine physician at Washington University Orthopedics in St. Louis and the head team physician for the St. Louis Blues. He specializes in the treatment of sports-related injuries, and has special interests in knee ACL and revision ACL injuries, meniscus injuries, articular cartilage injuries of the knee, shoulder instability, rotator cuff disease, and total knee replacements. Your comments and feedback are encouraged.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Is Running Bad for Your Knees?
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