Does Running Cause Osteoarthritis in the Hip or Knee? (2022)

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Abstract Introduction Section snippets In Vitro Studies on Articular Cartilage Degradation In Vivo Animal Studies Barefoot (or Minimalist Footwear) Running Limitations of the Existing Literature Conclusion References (49) PM R Prev Med Am J Med Am J Prev Med J Clin Epidemiol Clin Geriatr Med Physiol Behav Bone Lancet Running and osteoarthritis Reduction in incident stroke risk with vigorous physical activity: Evidence from 7.7-year follow-up of the national runners' health study Stroke Lower prevalence of hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes in marathoners Med Sci Sports Exerc Running injuriesA review of the epidemiological literature Sports Med Incidents and determinants of lower extremity running injuries: A systematic review Br J Sports Med Running and osteoarthritis Clin Sports Med Direct measurement of local pressures in the cadaveric human hip joint during simulated level walking Ann Rheum Dis Survival of articular cartilage after controlled impact J Joint Bone Surg Articular cartilage: Biomechanics A second study of tensile fatigue properties of human cartilage Ann Rheum Dis Mechanical disruption of human patellar cartilage by repetitive loading in vitro Clin Orthop Relat Res Joint changes after overuse and peak overloading of rabbit knees in vivo Acta Orthop Scand Effects of mechanical loading on the tissues of rabbit knee J Orthop Res Analysis of acute mechanical stress in an animal model of post-traumatic osteoarthritis J Biomech Eng Moderate running exercise augments glycosaminoglycans and thickness of articular cartilage in the knee joint of young beagle dogs J Orthop Res Cited by (23) Recommended articles (6) FAQs Videos
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Volume 4, Issue 5, Supplement,

May 2012

, Pages S117-S121

Abstract

Running is an excellent activity to promote general health and well-being. However, running injuries are common, and concern is sometimes raised that running might lead to osteoarthritis in weight-bearing joints. This article reviews the relevant in vitro and in vivo literature that looks at possible associations between running and the development of osteoarthritis. Also reviewed is the limited literature on running barefoot and with minimalist footwear. Low- and moderate-volume runners appear to have no more risk of developing osteoarthritis than nonrunners. The existing literature is inconclusive about a possible association between high-volume running and the development of osteoarthritis. The early literature on running barefoot and running with minimalist footwear has primarily focused on biomechanics but has not yet focused on any effect on cartilage health. Experienced and beginner runners should be encouraged to allow the body adequate time to adapt to changes in gait biomechanics caused by changing footwear, which can be done by slowly increasing running mileage in the new footwear. Clinicians can improve the health of runners by encouraging appropriate treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, encouraging maintenance of an optimal body mass index, and correcting gait abnormalities caused by deficits in flexibility, strength, or motor control along the kinetic chain.

Introduction

Running has a low participation cost and can be performed almost anywhere, which makes it an ideal activity to combat the negative effects of physical inactivity and obesity [1]. The well-known benefits of running include improved cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance [2]. Running also decreases the risk of stroke [3], decreases the risk of developing hypertension [4], improves bone density [5], has a positive effect on mood [6], and improves cognition [7]. However, running is not without risk. The annual incidence of incurring a running injury has been reported as high as 59% by Van Mechelen [8] and 79% by Van Gent et al [9]. Overload injuries that affect muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones are common. The effect of running with knee osteoarthritis has been extensively studied, and, more recently, barefoot running has been suggested as a strategy to reduce the risk of acquiring running injuries. This article reviews the existing literature that examined the association of running and osteoarthritis. First, we review pertinent in vitro studies on cartilage breakdown. Second, we provide a limited review of in vivo animal studies that have explored the relationship between running and osteoarthritis. Third, we present a broader discussion of the in vitro human epidemiology literature, divided into a review of studies that support and refute an association between running and osteoarthritis. We then include a brief discussion about running barefoot and running with minimalist footwear.

Section snippets

In Vitro Studies on Articular Cartilage Degradation

Multiple intrinsic and extrinsic factors affect a joint's ability to withstand destructive forces. Intrinsic factors include the thickness of the articular cartilage, the composition of the articular cartilage, the strength of the bone adjacent to the joint, periarticular ligament strength, muscle strength, neuromuscular control of the joint, and the body's ability to repair damage to the joint. Extrinsic factors include nutrition; training technique; and the magnitude, direction, duration, and

In Vivo Animal Studies

A complete review of in vivo animal studies that investigated running and osteoarthritis is beyond the scope of this article. Some caution must be exercised with in vivo animal studies, because changes to articular cartilage may be interpreted as either osteoarthritic changes or normal tissue adaptation. Several of the more salient in vivo animal studies are presented here. Results of 2 studies by Kiviranta et al [19, 20] suggest that low- and moderate-volume running increases articular

Barefoot (or Minimalist Footwear) Running

Barefoot running and minimalist running shoes, which feature much less cushioning and support than traditional running shoes, have received considerable media attention in recent years. Lieberman et al [46] compared foot-strike patterns of persons in the United States and Kenya who were either habitually barefoot or shod. They found that the habitually barefoot individuals tended to run with a forefoot or mid-foot strike pattern. Habitually shod individuals tended to run with a rear-foot strike

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Limitations of the Existing Literature

The existing literature regarding running and osteoarthritis has several limitations. First, the majority of studies focused primarily on the hips and knee. Limited information exists regarding the effect of running on the development of osteoarthritis at the ankle or the lumbar spine. Comprehensive studies that control for common variables such as type of running surface, type of footwear, foot-strike and gait pattern, presence of biomechanical deficits, and cross-training are difficult to

Conclusion

The existing literature fails to support an association or causal relationship between low- and moderate-distance running and osteoarthritis. Increasing age, previous joint injury, and greater body mass index have consistently been associated with an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis. Inconclusive evidence exists regarding high-volume running and the development of osteoarthritis. Further research is needed to clarify the relationship between high-volume running and the development of

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    FAQs

    Can running cause hip osteoarthritis? ›

    Running is a pounding activity for the joints, so some caution is advised once the diagnosis of OA is made. It is important to remember that running did not cause your arthritis, but once present and active – you have to let the arthritis guide your activity and not run when you have pain.

    Can osteoarthritis be caused by running? ›

    No clear evidence exists to suggest recreational running or running for exercise does or does not cause osteoarthritis. The risk of developing osteoarthritis should be identified individually, based on existing intrinsic and extrinsic factors, and weighed against the positive health benefits of running.

    Can running cause osteoarthritis in knee? ›

    Many people mistakenly believe that running causes knee osteoarthritis — however, doctors now know this is not true.

    Is running good for hip osteoarthritis? ›

    Running and other strenuous sports activities are purported to increase osteoarthritis (OA) risk, more so than walking and less-strenuous activities.

    What exercises make osteoarthritis worse? ›

    With osteoarthritis, it is best to avoid activities that can stress your joints to minimize further joint inflammation and pain.
    ...
    High-impact activities that can worsen symptoms of osteoarthritis in your hips or knees include:
    • Running.
    • Jumping.
    • Deep squatting and bending.
    • Stair climbing.
    • Hiking.
    • Prolonged standing.
    11 Mar 2022

    Does running cause arthritis later in life? ›

    Running does not cause arthritis. This is actually not a new finding. Researchers have known for years that running will not cause arthritis. Runners, in general, have a much lower chance of developing osteoarthritis than their non-running counterparts.

    Will running make osteoarthritis worse? ›

    Regular running does not increase the risk of developing knee OA among the general population, and may actually have a protective effect against the development of OA. There is no reason to restrict participation in running at any stage of life as running does not appear to be harmful to the knee joint.

    Can running cause hip issues? ›

    Running offers myriad benefits, including improving cardiovascular health, mood, and overall well-being. However, it can also cause injuries to the joints, including the hips. Hip pain is common in runners and has a variety of causes. It's easy for hips to become tight.

    Do runners have more joint problems? ›

    “There have been several recent studies that have debunked that myth. In fact, they have shown the opposite — that running tends to be protective of knee arthritis.” More common sources of pain or injury in runners' knees are iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) and patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), says Dr.

    Does running speed up arthritis? ›

    A recent study that followed participants with arthritis in their knees over a 4 year period found that running did not make their arthritis symptoms worse and it also didn't increase the signs of arthritis seen on x-ray. In fact, the participants in the study found that running helped their knee pain.

    How do runners prevent arthritis? ›

    Run lightly; avoid pounding. Wear the right shoes. Appropriate footwear is very important. Minimalist shoes, toe shoes and barefoot running may not be tolerated due to such arthritic changes as ankle pronation, bunions and hammer toes.

    How do I protect my knees when running? ›

    Five Tips for Preventing Runner's Knee
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    2. Strengthen Your Leg Muscles and Core. ...
    3. Use Cold Therapy on Sore Knees. ...
    4. Give your Knees a Break. ...
    5. Stay Hydrated.

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    What causes osteoarthritis? Primary osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of cartilage, a rubbery material that eases the friction in your joints. It can happen in any joint but usually affects your fingers, thumbs, spine, hips, knees, or big toes. Osteoarthritis is more common in older people.

    What causes osteoarthritis to flare up? ›

    The most common triggers of an OA flare are overdoing an activity or trauma to the joint. Other triggers can include bone spurs, stress, repetitive motions, cold weather, a change in barometric pressure, an infection or weight gain.

    What is the most effective treatment for osteoarthritis? ›

    Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

    NSAIDs are the most effective oral medicines for OA. They include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) naproxen (Aleve) and diclofenac (Voltaren, others). All work by blocking enzymes that cause pain and swelling.

    What is the best exercise for osteoarthritis of the hip? ›

    If you have osteoarthritis (OA) in your hips or knees, exercising may be the last thing you feel like doing.
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    Good options for hip and knee OA include:
    • Walking.
    • Swimming.
    • Biking.
    • Elliptical training.
    • Cross-country skiing.
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    What should you not do with osteoarthritis? ›

    5 Foods to Avoid
    • Red meat and fried foods. Fried foods and red meat contain high levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which are known for stimulating inflammation. ...
    • Sugars. ...
    • Dairy. ...
    • Refined carbohydrates. ...
    • Alcohol and tobacco.
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    Can too much exercise cause osteoarthritis? ›

    Exercise (even strenuous exercise) on normal joints does not result in a substantially increased likelihood of arthritis.

    Is walking better than running? ›

    Running burns more than twice as many calories per minute as walking. For a person who weighs 160 pounds, walking at a pace of 3.5 miles per hour for 30 minutes burns about 156 calories. Running at 6 mph for the same time burns about 356 calories. Low impact vs.

    What are the long term effects of running? ›

    Excessive running may thicken the heart tissue, causing fibrosis or scarring, and this may lead to atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat. Prolonged exercise may also lead to "oxidative stress," a buildup of free radicals that may bind with cholesterol to create plaque in your arteries.

    What aggravates hip arthritis? ›

    Hip arthritis can flare up due to overexertion or carrying out repetitive movements. The sudden or unexpected activity can also cause stress on the joints, causing pain.

    Can osteoarthritis be reversed? ›

    Osteoarthritis symptoms can usually be managed, although the damage to joints can't be reversed. Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and receiving certain treatments might slow progression of the disease and help improve pain and joint function.

    How can I reduce inflammation of osteoarthritis? ›

    Heat and cold. Both heat and cold can relieve pain and swelling in your joint. Heat, especially moist heat, can help muscles relax and ease pain. Cold can relieve muscle aches after exercise and decrease muscle spasms.

    What is runners hip? ›

    Hip bursitis, an inflammation of the bursa sac outside of your hip, is a common injury that many runners face. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that provide cushion between tendons and bone to help reduce friction.

    Should I stop running if I have hip pain? ›

    Get Some Rest

    If you're dealing with a mild muscle strain or tendonitis in your hip, your doctor might suggest you take a longer break. For these injuries, one to two weeks “off” from running can give your body the time it needs to heal and recover.

    Why is my hip hurting after running? ›

    Hip pain after running can be caused by many different conditions, such as muscle strains, tendonitis, bursitis, labral tears, and osteoarthritis. Treatment depends on the severity of your injury. Symptoms can sometimes be managed with activity modification, medications, and physical therapy.

    How do you run without damaging joints? ›

    Tips for protecting your knees when you run
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    2. Stretch before and after you run. If your muscles are tight, you're more likely to run with bad form and injure yourself. ...
    3. Consider compression sportswear.
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    Is cycling better than running? ›

    Cycling Burns the Same Calories

    You may assume that running burns more calories because it uses more muscle groups. But in actuality, when the intensity and duration is monitored, they burn the same.

    How much is too much running? ›

    What's the Limit? Researchers at the University of South Carolina and the Ochsner Health System recommend that the average athlete run no more than 20 miles a week, spaced out appropriately with rest days in between, and limit your endurance days to less than an hour for maximum benefits.

    Should you stop running if you have arthritis? ›

    Some doctors say yes. They warn that running is bad for arthritis in the lower body, including the knees. This is especially true for people who have had knee surgery, and for people whose knees have already been damaged by arthritis. Running may increase arthritis pain and cause your knees to deteriorate faster.

    Should you jog with arthritis? ›

    For some people, running may not be the right exercise due to arthritis or a musculoskeletal condition. But it isn't the case for everyone. Having a regular exercise routine is beneficial for people with arthritis as it can help to strengthen the joints, muscles and is good for wellbeing.

    How quickly does osteoarthritis progress? ›

    Experts confirm that once OA starts, it may take years to reach a severe stage. However, in extreme cases, OA progresses rapidly to complete the destruction of the cartilage within a few months. Some of the factors that determine the rate of OA progression include: The severity of your symptoms at the time of diagnosis.

    What are 3 exercises to strengthen your knee? ›

    5 Exercises to Help Strengthen Your Knees
    • Exercise 1: Knee Extension.
    • Exercise 2: Knee Flexion (Standing)
    • Exercise 3: Heel and Calf Raises.
    • Exercise 4: Wall Squats.
    • Exercise 5: Swimming.
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    How can I strengthen my knees with osteoarthritis? ›

    Place a small rolled towel underneath the knee. Slowly tighten the muscle on top of the thigh (quadriceps) and push the back of the knee down into the rolled towel. Hold contraction for 5 seconds and then slowly release, resting 5 seconds between each contraction. Perform 3 sets of 10 repetitions, 1 time daily.

    What age does osteoarthritis usually start? ›

    Osteoarthritis usually starts from the late 40s onwards. This may be due to bodily changes that come with ageing, such as weakening muscles, weight gain, and the body becoming less able to heal itself effectively.

    How do you stop osteoarthritis from progressing? ›

    Slowing Osteoarthritis Progression
    1. Maintain a Healthy Weight. Excess weight puts additional pressure on weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees. ...
    2. Control Blood Sugar. ...
    3. Get Physical. ...
    4. Protect Joints. ...
    5. Choose a Healthy Lifestyle.

    What does osteoarthritis of the hip feel like? ›

    With hip arthritis, the pain is mainly felt in the groin, and occasionally in the outer thigh and upper buttock area. Pain can get worse after standing or walking for long periods of time or after a period of rest (waking up in the morning). Stiffness in the hip makes it difficult to move the hip or rotate the leg.

    What is the difference between arthritis and osteoarthritis? ›

    Osteoarthritis is a so-called mechanical condition characterized by the gradual wearing down of cartilage in the joints. Aging is the most common risk factor for osteoarthritis. Arthritis, on the other hand, is not caused by the normal wear and tear of bones.

    Will I end up in a wheelchair with osteoarthritis? ›

    Sadly for some Osteoarthritis can lead to need to using a wheelchair. The pain while often manageable with drugs can combine with joint stiffness and loss of dexterity to require the use of a wheelchair to help alleviate the conditions.

    What foods to avoid if you have osteoarthritis? ›

    Avoid inflammatory foods including sugar, deep-fried foods, saturated fats, full-fat dairy, trans fats, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, and preservatives like MSG. Anti-inflammatory foods can relieve pain from osteoarthritis. These include fruits, vegetables, lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and whole grains.

    Can vitamin B12 help arthritis? ›

    Vitamin B complex is a type of non-antioxidant vitamin. We don't fully understand how this type of vitamin may treat arthritis-related conditions, but evidence from trials suggests that vitamins B3, B9 and B12 might be of some benefit for treating osteoarthritis, particularly in improving joint mobility and hand grip.

    What is the new drug for osteoarthritis? ›

    A drug called tanezumab reduced pain and improved physical function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip, according to the results of a large clinical trial published in JAMA.

    Will running make osteoarthritis worse? ›

    Regular running does not increase the risk of developing knee OA among the general population, and may actually have a protective effect against the development of OA. There is no reason to restrict participation in running at any stage of life as running does not appear to be harmful to the knee joint.

    Can I still run with hip pain? ›

    Recovery. Most importantly, take a break from running if you're experiencing hip pain. Once you start to feel better, gradually reintroduce the activity back into your routine to avoid further injury.

    What is the best exercise for osteoarthritis of the hip? ›

    If you have osteoarthritis (OA) in your hips or knees, exercising may be the last thing you feel like doing.
    ...
    Good options for hip and knee OA include:
    • Walking.
    • Swimming.
    • Biking.
    • Elliptical training.
    • Cross-country skiing.
    14 Dec 2017

    What is the main cause of osteoarthritis? ›

    What causes osteoarthritis? Primary osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of cartilage, a rubbery material that eases the friction in your joints. It can happen in any joint but usually affects your fingers, thumbs, spine, hips, knees, or big toes. Osteoarthritis is more common in older people.

    What is the most effective treatment for osteoarthritis? ›

    Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

    NSAIDs are the most effective oral medicines for OA. They include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) naproxen (Aleve) and diclofenac (Voltaren, others). All work by blocking enzymes that cause pain and swelling.

    What is runners hip? ›

    Hip bursitis, an inflammation of the bursa sac outside of your hip, is a common injury that many runners face. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that provide cushion between tendons and bone to help reduce friction.

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