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Are elliptical trainers really less likely to cause knee injuries than treadmills?

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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Hard to say.

Neither is associated with a higher risk of knee injuries.
You should use equipment that you feel most comfortable with.

In brief: Hard to say.

Neither is associated with a higher risk of knee injuries.
You should use equipment that you feel most comfortable with.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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In brief: Yes

Treadmills allow you to run in place.
The same type of impact occurs with every step as it does when running regularly. On an elliptical, the foot stays in position and there is no impact to the knee, only a smooth flexion and extension movement.

In brief: Yes

Treadmills allow you to run in place.
The same type of impact occurs with every step as it does when running regularly. On an elliptical, the foot stays in position and there is no impact to the knee, only a smooth flexion and extension movement.
Dr. Michael McGonigal
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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Less tripping chance

Elliptical trainers allow your feet to maintain contact with the machine throughout the exercise, whereas a treadmill mandates repetitive lifting and planting of your feet throughout the gait cycle.
You are less likely to trip or catch an edge of your shoe on the elliptical trainer. When recovering from a knee injury or surgery, an elliptical trainer is initially safer than a treadmill.

In brief: Less tripping chance

Elliptical trainers allow your feet to maintain contact with the machine throughout the exercise, whereas a treadmill mandates repetitive lifting and planting of your feet throughout the gait cycle.
You are less likely to trip or catch an edge of your shoe on the elliptical trainer. When recovering from a knee injury or surgery, an elliptical trainer is initially safer than a treadmill.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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