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Can running make arthritic knees worse?

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Dr. Ryan Enke
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Yes

If arthritis is present in your knees, running can make this condition worse.
Depending on the severity, you may not need to give up running completely. By limiting running and mixing in lower Impact aerobic exercise such as biking or swimming you can still obtain the many health benefits of exercise without increasing your pain. If you do run, stay on softer, even terrain or consider a treadmill.

In brief: Yes

If arthritis is present in your knees, running can make this condition worse.
Depending on the severity, you may not need to give up running completely. By limiting running and mixing in lower Impact aerobic exercise such as biking or swimming you can still obtain the many health benefits of exercise without increasing your pain. If you do run, stay on softer, even terrain or consider a treadmill.
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