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Q: Does running increase a person's chances for premature development of osteoarthritis?

Some of the factors known to affect the degeneration of cartilage in the joints are: increasing age, body build, injury, infection, obesity and metabolic disorders. Although research continues, studies have shown that running or jogging as an isolated activity, does not in itself cause osteoarthritis. For example, one study compared a group of runners who ran 25 miles per week with a group of non-runners. There was no difference in cartilage thickness, spur formation or joint stability. Because joints are designed for motion and shock absorption, running on appropriate surfaces appears to be safe. Of course, research has focused on runners with non-injured joints. Those who have had joint injuries, or have any of the other risk factors mentioned previously should consult a professional before beginning a jogging or running program.

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