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is exercise harmful or helpful to the joints and muscle?

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Dr. R. Kannan Mutharasan
Cardiology 18 years experience
Depends: This really depends. A program of gradually increasing exercise can really help strengthen the joints and muscles because 1) it strengthens the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, thereby offloading the joints, and 2) contributes to weight loss thereby offloading joints. Jumping into running or heavy weightlifting without ramping up gradually can be really harmful though. The key is gradual.

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Last updated Apr 1, 2015

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