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TFP #266 – Exercise-induced osteoarthritis: Running into problems?

Clinical Question:  Does running increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis?

Bottom Line:  Based on low-quality observational data, running likely does not increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis, except possibly in elite athletes. Additionally, recreational running may be associated with lowering the risk of knee osteoarthritis. Exercise is one of the most effective treatments for reducing osteoarthritic pain.

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