Does running increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis?

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Does running increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis?

In a recent Tools for Practice: Based on low-quality observational data, running likely does not increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis, except possibly in elite athletes.1

Additionally, recreational running may be associated with lowering the risk of knee osteoarthritis.

Exercise is one of the most effective treatments for reducing osteoarthritic pain for established osteoarthritis. There is a good podcast on this topic by the same authors where they say this is the best evidence to date.2

Reference:

  1. Exercise-induced osteoarthritis: Running into problems? Tools for practice #266. (2020) View here
  2. Exercise-induced osteoarthritis: Running into problems? from Best Science Medicine Podcast. Apple Podcasts. (2020) View here

Gems are chosen by the Goodfellow director Dr. Bruce Arroll to be either practice changing or practice maintaining. The information is educational and not clinical advice.



As published in NZ Doctor 23/09/2020