For the new year, many people make fitness resolutions which may include running. This is great! However, there will be those of you who are just getting started running and may have some knee pain or hip pain while running. There is a common myth that is told to those who experience this pain, and that is that running is bad for your knees.
Do not let others scare you or discourage you! When you first start running some pain can be normal, but this does not mean that running is bad for your knees.
The notion that running is bad for your knees has been studied tirelessly and the results continuously come back the same. There is no evidence to support that running increases arthritis or that runners are more prevelant to have knee degeneration.
With proper progression, proper loading and a good exercise plan, running can be your ticket to achieving your new year’s fitness resolution. Running is a tried and true way to improve your level of fitness
If you are worried about any pain you are experiencing from running get in touch with me and I would be happy to help you understand the pain or determine if you are dealing with something more serious. A more tailored program may be all you need.
The Movement Dr. is here to educate, empower, create independence and resilience so that you can live pain-free!
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Lo GH, et al. Running does not increase symptoms or structural progression in people with knee osteoarthritis: data from the osteoarthritis initiative. 2018.