What do you believe about running and your knee health? Is running a help or hindrance when it comes to keeping our joints healthy in the long run? What are the real risks? How do we best reap the benefits of our favorite form of exercise and keep moving? The results of one new study may surprise you.
- Running has a reputation for causing wear and tear on knees over time, leading to joint pain, arthritis or other injuries. But a recent small study found that 30 minutes of running actually lowered inflammation in runners’ knee joints
- The researchers expected to find an increase in molecules that spur inflammation in people’s knee fluid after they ran, but they didn’t. Instead, they found that pro-inflammatory markers actually decreased after a 30-minute run.
- Some experts not involved in the study say that while the study findings are intriguing—even given the small sample size—it’s not yet clear whether running can protect knees from injuries or arthritis.
“Running has a reputation for causing wear and tear on knees over time, leading to joint pain, arthritis or other injuries.”