Features May 2013 Issue

Running to Reduce the Risks of Osteoarthritis?

Research suggests runners are better off than walkers; one patient shares his story of hope.

It’s a common belief that the impact of running or jogging causes osteoarthritis (OA) or exacerbates its symptoms on your knee joints. Yet, new research shows that not only can running play an integral role in easing the symptoms of OA, it may actually be better than walking for decreasing the overall risks the condition presents. “This study is one of the first to illustrate the benefits of running to prevent arthritis, and for the arthritis patient, it further supports that there can be a positive effect of running to treat pain and improve function,” says David N. Westerdahl, MD, staff physician at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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