Ask a Doctor: Is running really bad for your knees?

Jesse Doty, MD UT Erlanger Orthopaedics

Jesse Doty, MD
UT Erlanger Orthopaedics

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Dr. Jesse Doty, UT Erlanger Orthopaedics, explains why running may still be good exercise for bad knees in this week’s Ask a Doctor

Q: We've heard it for years: Running is bad for your knees. But is that actually true?

A: Some people think running gradually wears away the cartilage in the knees. When you're running, you're putting a good deal of force and pressure on your knee joint, so one might assume that runners eventually develop knee pain and arthritis.