Rats Run to Death develop Knee Arthritis-Who Knew?

By /

running knee arthritis

Does running cause knee arthritis? The debate over whether running contributes to more or less knee arthritis added an interesting research chapter this week. While the human data seems to show that patients who run have less knee arthritis, the rat data seems to go the other way. In the case of this new study,  running knee arthritis is caused by excessive running in rats. How much is excessive? Well, if you approach this study like a 6th grade math problem and convert a rat stride to a human stride and multiply by the number of Kilometers and then multiply by 0.62, it works out to about 172-180 miles a week! Considering that elite marathon runners will put in about 100-140 miles a week and definitely don’t develop arthritis in a few months like rats, human knees must be much more durable. In addition, we have many ultra marathoners here in Colorado who would run as much or more than these rats, so again our human knees much be better. So what do we know about running and knee arthritis? Light exercise like brisk walking helps arthritic knees. Long distance running in older people isn’t associated with any more knee arthritis on x-rays. The uphot? The first is obvious-poor rats! Talk about a “rat race”! The second, if you have bad runner’s knees, then you may want to start calling them “rat knees”!

Learn about Regenexx procedures for knee conditions.
Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications. View Profile

If you have questions or comments about this blog post, please email us at [email protected]

NOTE: This blog post provides general information to help the reader better understand regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal health, and related subjects. All content provided in this blog, website, or any linked materials, including text, graphics, images, patient profiles, outcomes, and information, are not intended and should not be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please always consult with a professional and certified healthcare provider to discuss if a treatment is right for you.

Get Blog Updates by Email

We do not sell, or share your information to third party vendors.

By submitting the form you agree that you’ve read and consent to our Privacy Policy. We may use email, phone, or other electronic means to communicate information about Regenexx.

We will provide information to help you decide whether you want to schedule an evaluation with a Regenexx Physician.

Insurance typically covers evaluations and diagnostic testing (if recommended). Most insurance plans currently do not cover Regenexx Procedures.

Category: Knee, Latest News
Copyright © Regenexx 2021. All rights reserved.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Address

9035 Wadsworth Pkwy #1000
Westminster, CO 80021

Phone

*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx® Procedures have a success and failure rate. Patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.

Providers listed on the Regenexx website are for informational purposes only and are not a recommendation from Regenexx for a specific provider or a guarantee of the outcome of any treatment you receive.

LinkedIn
Email
TO TOP