Does Running Cause Knee Arthritis?
So often in the clinic that running is bad for your knees....But is it?
An article By Science Daily that pulled data from the American College of Rheumatology in fact showed that running as a habitual exercise at any stage in life not only does not increase a person's risk of developing knee osteoarthritis and may even help protect a person from developing the painful disease.
Further research shows that running can actually HELP with knee arthritis. The article by thrive Physio plus reminds us that if you are a runner and you have built up your load appropriately over time, your tissues will have the capacity to cope with this load and running can be very beneficial for your joints and overall health. If you haven’t run in a while, there are gradual and progressive ways to prepare the body for these more demanding movements.
In summary, if you have not run in a while (or never before), we don't recommend signing up for the next marathon. Instead, easily and gradually progress into a gentle running program so your body and handle and adapt to these new forces.
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