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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Thank you (running friends) for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy the podcast episode!
Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
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“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!”
“I’d been dealing with Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy (PHT) for about 4 years and had been doing PT, but still had lingering pains. I just figured I’d have to suck it up and deal with it because that was as good as I was going to get. But then, I came across a podcast of Duane being interviewed by Jason Fitzgerald on PHT and how he overcame the injury, and my curiosity was piqued. I met with him virtually and he has been a GODSEND! I’m able to sit as I type this! I can bend over and get in and out of cars without pain! And, I’m RUNNING again!!! It is amazing to be able to do things that I haven’t been able to do without pain since 2016!!! Thank you so much Duane for being an incredible PT!!”
“I suffered from IT band syndrome for four years before seeing Dr. Scotti in April 2020. Before then, I couldn’t run more than about 10 minutes without stabbing pain near my left knee. I’d seen various orthopedists, physical therapists, and chiropractors looking for some relief. My career needed me to run a mile and a half within a certain amount of time, and it was impossible to do so with the knee pain. I saw Dr. Scotti and he immediately got to work! That first visit, he helped me understand the anatomy and underlying cause of my knee pain (aka IT Band syndrome). Once I understood what was happening, the course of treatment made so much sense. Not only did he have online videos of all the recommended exercises to treat the problem, his “healthy runner” Facebook group, Podcast, and YouTube videos held a wealth of information and supplemented my plan. I soon understood that running wasn’t just a casual hobby – it’s a sport and one that deserves dedication and focus. Without his dedication to the sport and his community, I wouldn’t have realized this! Over the next few months, I had many ups and downs – victories and failures – and even some tears! Two steps forward and one step back. Dr. Scotti always checked in between appointments and tweaked my plan if needed. By August, I was regularly running 3-4 miles with barely any pain! If I did get pain, it was because my dedication and focus were lacking – and I quickly picked it back up and overcame. I’m so thankful I took another chance at having my knee looked at and trusted someone else. I run regularly now and am really enjoying it. I can’t thank Dr. Scotti enough and would highly recommend him to anyone having trouble.”