A few months back, I took part in the Arthritis Walk in New York City with the NYC Sick Chick Club – a group of young women living with RA and other autoimmune diseases that I met via my blog several years back. The group now consists of a handful of courageous women, but at the start, there were just three: myself, Jodi McKee (you can read an interview I did with Jodi about her Autoimmune Portrait Project here ) and Katherine Zimoulis.
Like me, Katherine’s RA was diagnosed early and has responded well to medicine- in her case, methotrexate, so she was also able to participate in the walk fully. In fact, it went so well and inspired her so much that she’s now training to run the New York City marathon in November to benefit the Arthritis Foundation under the banner of the NYC Sick Chick Club!
For Katherine, running wasn’t exactly a new habit. After graduating from college, she was a regular runner and also hit the gym on a near daily ...
Many patients express fear of developing chronic knee pain due to repeated physical exercise, in particular running. There is often a fear expressed that that shock to the knee when that foot hits the pavement is slowly and inevitably destroying the cartilage, sentencing the athlete in question to a lifetime of chronic arthritic pain.
Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of degenerative joint disease of the knee, a potentially major source of chronic pain. And many obese people try to lose weight through aerobic exercise, which often involves running or walking; so are these overweight people actually doing damage to themselves during their exercise sessions?
A study published in the February, 2007 issue of “Arthritis Care and Research” examined the effects of physical activity over time in older adults—many of whom were obese—and found that perhaps all the worry about exercise and knee arthritis is not justified.
Subjects in the study were followed with knee x-rays...
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