Is running bad for your knees? Will I get arthritis from running?

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Is running bad for your knees?  Will I get arthritis from running?

Are you new to running or considering starting to run and you have had knee pain in the past, are you wondering if you can safely run even if you are not a “runner”?

Or have you been running for years now and are you becoming scared that you will develop arthritis?

In this episode, we covered:

  • The truth about running and it being bad for your knees
  • Is running bad for your joints?  Is running actually bad for your knees?
  • Will continuing to run cause me pain and will I develop arthritis?
  • If you have had knee pain in the past, and you are not a “runner” can you still run?
  • Cross-training, importance of non-specialization and multisport
  • Treatment of knee arthritis including physical therapy, injections, and surgery
  • Tips for the aging runner with regard to moderation, training, rest, recovery and strength training
  • Return to running after knee injury or surgery

References that led discussion:

  • Effects of running and walking on osteoarthritis and hip replacement risk
    • https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23377837/
  • Why don’t most runners get knee osteoarthritis? A case for per-unit-distance loads
    • https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24042311/
  • The Association of Recreational and Competitive Running With Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
    • https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28504066/
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