Running is harmful and damaging to your joints, especially if you have arthritis or are overweight.
Hip and knee arthritis is not more prevalent in runners
Research shows that marathon runners have lower rates of arthritis than the general population 
In those with knee arthritis, running is associated with decreased pain and no worsening structural changes are seen on x-ray 
In fact, one study even found that some knee arthritis changes seen on imaging had improved after training for, and running a marathon 
Like the general population, if progressed properly, overweight individuals can safely adapt to running [4,5]
If you would like to start or improve your running, we can prescribe a program that would be the right fit for you.
Let us help you reach your running goals!
 Ponzio, D. Y., Syed, U. A. M., Purcell, K., Cooper, A. M., Maltenfort, M., Shaner, J., & Chen, A. F. (2018). Low Prevalence of Hip and Knee Arthritis in Active Marathon Runners. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 100(2), 131–137. doi: 10.2106/jbjs.16.01071
 Lo, G.H., Musa, S.M., Driban, J.B., Kriska, A.M., McAlindon, T.E., Souza, R.B., Petersen, N.J., Storti, K.L., Eaton, C.B., Hochberg, M.C., Jackson, R.D., Kwoh, C.K., Nevitt, M.C., & Suarez-Almazor, M.E. (2018). Running does not increase symptoms or structural progression in people with knee osteoarthritis: data from the osteoarthritis initiative. Clinical Rheumatology, 37, 2497–2504. doi: 10.1007/s10067-018-4121-3
 Horga, L. M., Henckel, J., Fotiadou, A., Hirschmann, A., Torlasco, C., Laura, A. D., … Hart, A. (2019). Can marathon running improve knee damage of middle-aged adults? A prospective cohort study. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 5(1). doi: 10.1136/bmjsem-2019-000586
 Zdziarski, L. A., Chen, C., Horodyski, M., Vincent, K. R., & Vincent, H. K. (2016). Kinematic, Cardiopulmonary, and Metabolic Responses of Overweight Runners While Running at Self-Selected and Standardized Speeds. PM&R, 8(2), 152–160. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2015.06.441
 Taboga, P., Lazzer, S., Fessehatsion, R., Agosti, F., Sartorio, A., & Prampero, P. E. D. (2012). Energetics and mechanics of running men: the influence of body mass. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 112(12), 4027–4033. doi: 10.1007/s00421-012-2389-6
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