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Low impact vigorous exercise does not increase your chances of developing Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Sorry to ‘harp’ on about this but people are always giving me reasons not to exercise. In this article published by the Journal of Anatomy, they investigate osteoarthritis (OA) and the impact exercise has on it. They concluded that providing the individual had a normal joint void of joint injury, vigorous low impact exercise has no influence on the accelerated rate of development of OA. This means if you have pain free knees…you have no excuse not to exercise. Even if you do have pain in the knees the right exercises will help you to be pain free.

In the study though they do stress that it is important to consider the correct type of sports participation, its intensity and extent of joint impact, bodyweight, and occupational risk.

‘Exercise has, and will continue to play, an important role in both the pathogenesis and management of OA’.

Hunter, Eckstein 2009

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