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Running and osteoarthritis of the knee

JulialovestorunJulialovestorun Member, NewlyRegistered Posts: 3
Hi. I have very recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of my knee. My gp said that impact exercise like running will make it worse. But I love to run. It's good for my mental and physical health. I was very upset at the idea of stopping running or reducing the mileage so I started looking for evidence. I need to weigh up the benefits of running with the possible consequences. I run about 20 miles a week, sometimes more (if my knee is good). Is there any good quality information that can help me with this? Many thanks.

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  • moderatormoderator Moderator Posts: 4,082
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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  • helpline_teamhelpline_team Posts: 2,077
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi. I have very recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of my knee. My gp said that impact exercise like running will make it worse. But I love to run. It's good for my mental and physical health. I was very upset at the idea of stopping running or reducing the mileage so I started looking for evidence. I need to weigh up the benefits of running with the possible consequences. I run about 20 miles a week, sometimes more (if my knee is good). Is there any good quality information that can help me with this? Many thanks.

    Hi thank you for your post on the forum. It is always best to talk through with a physiotherapist to get advice about exercise and the impact this may have. You can ask your GP for a referral to a physiotherapist who can provide some guidance about appropriate exercise. We do have information on a research project that is looking at the impact of running on osteoarthritis of the knee. You can read about this on the link https://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/news/arthritis-today/2017/march/is-running-good-or-bad-for-your-joints.aspx
    We also have information on exercise and its benefits and impact on arthritis. You can access this on our website on the link https://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/shop/products/publications/patient-information/living-with-arthritis/keep-moving.aspx
    As suggested, you are also very welcome to call us here on the helpline if you would like to talk to us about your arthritis and its impact. We are here weekdays from 9am – 8pm on 0800 5200 520.
    I hope the above information is helpful.
    Best Wishes
    Dawn
  • JulialovestorunJulialovestorun Member, NewlyRegistered Posts: 3
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I hope the above information is helpful.
    Best Wishes
    Dawn
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    Thank you Dawn. That is exactly the sort of information I was looking for. Really appreciate your time.
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