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A 30-year-old female asked:

30fdiagnosed with osteoarthritis, severe crack noise in knees, done treadmill walk a lot before i got diagnosed w oa, is it better to use eliptical now?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Maxim Tyorkin
Sports Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: Elliptical is more knee friendly since there is no impact with each step like on a treadmill.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Knee arthritis: Any low impact is good: swim, walk, bike. Elliptical and treadmill on a good walking surface can both be good.

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Last updated Jun 26, 2013

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