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The Truth About Running and It Being Bad For Your Knees

Is running bad for your knees?  Will I get arthritis from running? Are you new to running or considering starting to run and you have had knee pain in the past, are you wondering if you can safely run even if you are not a “runner”? Or have you been running for years now and are you becoming scared that you will develop arthritis?

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Gene Tekmyster. He shares with us some fantastic knowledge on running and injuries and even dispels some common myths about running being bad for your knees! 

 

 

 

 

In this interview we cover:

 

 

-The truth about running and it being bad for your knees

 

-Is running bad for your joints? Is running actually bad for your knees?

 

-Will continuing to run cause my pain and will I develop arthritis?

 

-If you have had knee pain the past, and you are a “runner”, can you still run?

 

-Cross-training, importance of non-specialization and multisport

 

-Treatment of arthritis including physical therapy, injections, and surgery

 

-Tips for the aging runner with regard to moderation, training, rest, recovery and strength training

 

-Return to running after knee injury or surgery

 

Click the video below to watch the LIVE interview within the Healthy Runner Facebook Group

 

 

 

 

We’ve discussed knee pain in runners in our previous blog posts. We’ve discussed Patellofemoral knee pain, or “Runner’s Knee” previously. You can read about that content HERE!

 

We also discussed IT Band Syndrome previously. You can learn everything you need to know about ITBS in this in depth resource HERE. These are two common things that runners deal with and we have some great information to help you get over that stubborn knee pain limiting your mileage!

 

 

Here are some references Dr. Tekmyster referred to in the episode:

 

– Effects of running and walking on osteoarthritis and hip replacement risk – CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

 

– Why don’t most runners get knee osteoarthritis? A case for per-unit-distance loads – CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

 

– The Association of Recreational and Competitive Running With Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis – CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

 

 

Connect with Dr. Gene Tekmyster:

Dr. Gene Tekmyster

 

Check out his amazing resource here: https://southbayspinedoc.com/

 

Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!

 

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You can listen to all the tips in this episode on the Healthy Runner Podcast…available wherever you get your podcasts!

 

 

Here is what other runners are saying about the podcast

 

 

Thank you (running friends) for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy the podcast episode!

Warmest regards,

 

– Duane

 

Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS

 

 

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If you are a runner and frustrated with your nagging aches and pains and have been told to stop running, we can help you.

 

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