Runners & Knee OA Progression

Reference:Chakravarty EF1, et al Long distance running and knee osteoarthritis. A prospective study. Am J Prev Med. 2008 Aug;35(2):133-8.

I regularly need to dispel the myth to my patients and their MDs that running or walking leads to hip and knee OA.

Studies seem to support the fact that running neither causes nor prevents knee OA.

For instance, they followed long-distance runners and healthy non-runners between the ages of 50-72. For a period of 20 years the individuals in both groups received serial radiographs.

Basically they found no correlation between running and knee OA progression. Although not statistically significant, interestingly 2% of the runners versus 9% of the non-runners developed severe knee OA!

Posted on: August 23, 2014

Categories: Knee

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