Running could protect against arthritic knees
Does running wear your knees down or protect them against arthritis? If you said, protect, you’d be correct. Runners are approximately half as likely as walkers to develop osteoarthritis or need a hip replacement. It is likely that the joint responds to the stress of running, adapts and gets stronger, potentially providing protection against OA. However, this is only one piece of the puzzle. Extra weight and family history also play a role. Exercise in general is at the top of everyone’s non-surgical, conservation treatment list. Many people are reluctant to exercise because they think it will increase their knee pain. However, using an unloading knee brace like the OActive can reduce this pain and get your moving. Read more about the research done on running and OA.