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‘My knees have finally given out after a lifetime of running’

‘My knees have finally given out after a lifetime of running’

Chris, 62, is a runner who has started to experience knee problems. He feels a popping sensation in his knees when he runs and they swell up. He loves running and wants to know, are there any exercises he can do to help heal his knees?

My advice:

There’s an old joke this reminds me of. A guy goes to his doctor and says, “it hurts when I raise my arms.” The doctor says, “don’t raise your arms.” Chris, you’re killing yourself! You’re 62, you’ve been running your whole life, your knees may be shot. If your knees are swelling up every time you run, come on man. Maybe you can pick something else?

I have a good friend who ran her whole life and recently had to switch to running inside in a gym on a treadmill. There’a reason you don’t see 62-year-old basketball players. All that running and jumping, it’s not good for your knees. In general, I’m not a big fan of running. There are just too many injuries that can result from running.

You probably already have arthritis of the knees, called osteoarthritis. You probably should not be running. I like the elliptical trainer to exercise on. For you, Chris, I’m so worried because you probably already have knee problems that require surgery.

Exercise is a mood elevator. You’re not going to need Prozac if you exercise. But, there can be downsides, like osteoarthritis. You may need knee surgery, but I don’t want you to get there. I want you to run on soft surfaces. But, really, I don’t want you running. I want you to get on an elliptical trainer. And I need you to go see your doctor.

Chris, you can’t keep doing what you’re doing. You gotta find something else. No more running.

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