Is running bad for your knees? Will I get arthritis from running? Are you new to running or considering starting to run and you have had knee pain in the past, are you wondering if you can safely run even if you are not a “runner”? Or have you been running for years now and are you becoming scared that you will develop arthritis?
This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Gene Tekmyster. He shares with us some fantastic knowledge on running and injuries and even dispels some common myths about running being bad for your knees!
In this interview we cover:
-The truth about running and it being bad for your knees
-Is running bad for your joints? Is running actually bad for your knees?
-Will continuing to run cause my pain and will I develop arthritis?
-If you have had knee pain the past, and you are a “runner”, can you still run?
-Cross-training, importance of non-specialization and multisport
-Treatment of arthritis including physical therapy, injections, and surgery
-Tips for the aging runner with regard to moderation, training, rest, recovery and strength training
-Return to running after knee injury or surgery
We’ve discussed knee pain in runners in our previous blog posts. We’ve discussed Patellofemoral knee pain, or “Runner’s Knee” previously. You can read about that content HERE!
We also discussed IT Band Syndrome previously. You can learn everything you need to know about ITBS in this in depth resource HERE. These are two common things that runners deal with and we have some great information to help you get over that stubborn knee pain limiting your mileage!
– Effects of running and walking on osteoarthritis and hip replacement risk – CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE
– Why don’t most runners get knee osteoarthritis? A case for per-unit-distance loads – CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE
– The Association of Recreational and Competitive Running With Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis – CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE
Connect with Dr. Gene Tekmyster:
Check out his amazing resource here: https://southbayspinedoc.com/
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Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
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Working with Duane has been a game-changer for my running. I’ve been in an endless cycle of injuries for the past five years and needed to make a change.
I connected with Duane through his Healthy Runner Facebook group, and then we began our virtual physical therapy visits. Virtual sessions work great for me because I’m constantly traveling and can access care wherever I reside. Even though I’m not in the clinic, I still receive the same quality of experience!
The best part is Duane is a physical therapist, runner, and coach, so he understands how important running is for our physical, mental, and emotional well-being! If you want to become a stronger, healthier, and faster runner, look no further!
In April, I was diagnosed with proximal hamstring tendinopathy, or PHT. If you haven’t heard of it or experienced it, let me tell you…it’s a real pain in the BUTT! Not only did it derail my training (I’m a runner/cyclist), simply sitting for more than 10 minutes at a time was unbearable. There’s very little research out there on this injury and finding credible information on how to effectively treat was difficult. The initial advice I got from my ortho was to stop running, rest, and stretch. This did absolutely nothing to improve my symptoms or help me get back to running. In fact, stretching made it worse! I also tried massage, dry needling, shockwave therapy…nada. In September, I stumbled on a podcast with Duane where he spoke in depth about his own experience with PHT and how he beat it, and how he helped others overcome this stubborn injury. I was also intrigued by his philosophy of not having to give up the sport you love while recovering from injury. I contacted Duane for a consult and have been working with him since October. After assessing and reaffirming my diagnosis, he put together a customized, structured rehab program focused on progressive loading of the hamstring tendon and supporting muscles WITHOUT giving up running! Gradually, my pain began to lessen and my strength has continued to increase. I am now running four days a week and am closer than at any point in the past 8 months to putting this injury in the rearview mirror for good. I’m looking forward to getting back to structured training and racing again in 2021…an unimaginable goal two months ago. Duane is awesome! His techniques and approach to injury rehab and prevention work. If you’re an athlete who has struggled with injuries that constantly disrupt your training, Duane is your guy!
“I developed IT band syndrome during my first marathon training cycle last year and ended up in physical therapy for about 3 months. I was told not to run if I had any pain at all. I lost so much time “recovering” that I ended up deferring my registration to the next year. I spent the next summer training for the same marathon when about 6 weeks out, that familiar IT band pain returned. I could barely finish a mile. I didn’t want to go back to my physical therapist because I knew what he was going to tell me. Stop running. I was so frustrated and started to feel like marathons weren’t for me. I stumbled upon the healthy runner podcast and learned that I don’t have to stop running in order to recover from injury! I was skeptical about an online physical therapy session. But I reached out to Dr. Scotti and he was able to give me the tools to mitigate my pain within the first session! I was able to complete my training cycle and made it to the finish line of my first marathon with his help! I highly recommend!”