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4/15/12 8:35 A

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Sarah, as I've been reading these comments, I am thinking hw great it is that we have these forums to discuss, share, and support each other. So many great comments. Now, my personal experience. I have arthritis, I'm 60 years old and I have had other non-arthritus knee issues...I have found that moving my joints helps to lubricate them, strength building of the supporting ligaments and tendons helped to deal with the other issues. We all know how important it is to listen to our bodies and follow a well thought out, safe training plan and then adjust as necessary. I think Nancy said it best, we are an experiment of one. Do what's right for you!

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4/14/12 1:39 A

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I'm going to sound in on this one. A lot of knee problems stem from either weight, postural, or previous injury issues. Moving your body allows for the scar tissue to break away, and hopefully your body to move better. That being said, moving incorrectly can be a bad thing. If you are doing a run/walk program, please make sure you have the best runners for your body and stride type. For me, they are the only non-negotiable part to this cardio. Once you are fitted appropriately, whatever things your bod is doing to compensate will be allowed to correct.

I have been through enough injuries to know that one doc/chiro does not make a decision....get another, but I caution you, don't look for the answer you want, look for the answer you need. Sometimes they are different, but always, if you look long enough, you will find enough that agree with what you want to see.

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4/13/12 5:29 A

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I agree with Deej about getting a second opinion. My chiropractor is a big proponent of running and movement (he is a marathoner himself) and he encourages me to get out there and run, even when I'm being treated for something.


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4/12/12 9:53 A

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Sarah, if it gives you no pain, go for it---and sounds like you are doing it best---slow at first and in progression---which is the best for all of us.

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4/12/12 12:05 A

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Thanks for all the support and advise folks. I must be honest here I am just "jogging" but he said even that isn't good. I just have to remember to take what people say with a grain of salt and do what I feel is best. I feel that gradually increasing is best for me. I am just very proud of myself that I have even the ability to "jog" even if it is only for a little bit at a time.
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4/11/12 10:56 P

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Hi SBS2010,

The studies I have read regarding running and knee issues have been unfounded. If you have a genetic predisposition to osteoarthritis that is gonna happen whether you run or don't run...it's just the natural breakdown of the cartilage which living a sedentary life will cause even a faster progression.

I do agree that if you are quite heavy (not too sure how much you weigh) running can create issues, but not necessarily. I think we have to be very careful about making a universal statement to everyone as my favorite saying reads, "we are all an experiment of one"

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4/11/12 9:48 P

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your getting great advice and i could not add anything better. do what seems right to you

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With your weight issues, it might be best to start out with walking, increase your pace---then move to a jog/walk as you build up your leg and body strength---it is best to start slow and move up to running if that is what you want---but be careful not to do too much too soon and really damage your joints since they recommended you not doing it----weight loss will help and maybe then they will say Go for it!

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I get that from folks who would never think of running themselves. And now that I have PF, they tell me it's because irun. Well maybe it was to some degree, but it's still a very healthy activity that I will go back to. My coworker is one of the worst ones, so I get her opinion lots! LOL, I just ignore it for the most part.

I want to tell you to trust your doctor, but in this case, I would say to get a second opinion, from a doctor who is in favour of running as a form of exercise!

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4/11/12 8:41 P

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It's unfortunate some (including many in the medical field), fail to understand that if one has healthy knees, building gradually and training wisely is good for the body and strengthens it. I think 9 times out of 10, if knees are bad due to running, it's because that runner pushed themselves beyond what they should have. And in some cases, those who give a thumbs down to running in general are those not willing to go to the effort it takes to become a runner.

With that said, I know that running is not for everyone. If one doesn't enjoy it or if a person has little cartilage or issues with their joints, running may not be their best option. I've run into that kind of response too (no pun intended:) I share what I did above but I don't spend much time arguing :) not likely to change their opinion.

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4/11/12 8:17 P

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I was told today at my chiropractor appointment that he doesn't want to see me running because running is hard on your knees. REALLY, and the weight that I'm trying to get off isn't??? I guess I just let somethings that others say bother me a little too much. If anyone knows me they know that if you tell me I can't do something I will strive even harder to do what someone is telling me not to do.

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