A recent article published by NPR titled, “Put Those Shoes on: Running Won’t Kill your Knees” suggests that running might not cause the damage to joints that we once thought it did.
Seeing as though I was somewhat of a runner prior to my Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) diagnoses, I started researching the topic immediately. What I’ve found suggests that if one were to start training slowly and gradually increase their distance and speed over an extended period of time, they could see more benefit than harm to their joints in the long run.
In fact, one of the studies discussed in the NPR article compared two different knee types. The first group of knees had arthritis and didn’t run while the second group had arthritis and continued to run. The second group that remained active had less joint damage than the group who avoided running all together.
Being the skeptic that I am, I began testing this theory last week. So far, I’ve done a few short jogs around the neighborhood. Right now, I’m at about 1-mile and am not experiencing after work-out pains. Let’s just hope that keeps up and that those nasty flare-ups stay away.