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868 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: May 2, 2013 5:32 PM by lenzlaw
xc29min Amateur 15 posts since
Dec 26, 2007
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May 2, 2013 5:09 PM

Do supplements work for knee's?

I'm 57 and have a history of running.  I currently run 15 to 25 mpw.  I cut back on mileage due to my knee's getting sore from time to time.  When I run on slanted surfaces or to much hill running this wacks out my knees and they become sore for a few weeks and then there okay.  I know I have little cartilige in my knee's due to running.  And, I have had meniscus and LCL problems in the past.  All taken care of back then and running continued.  I was wondering if any runners out there use supplements for their knee's and do they work/help?  If so, what do you take?

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  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,477 posts since
    Jan 18, 2008
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    1. May 2, 2013 5:32 PM (in response to xc29min)
    Do supplements work for knee's?

    I have used glucosamine for a number of years and I don't think it makes much, if any, difference (I'm 65). Running on slanted surfaces, or uphill/downhill are relatively commonly associated with knee soreness. Strengthening the muscles around the knee and throughout the leg can help.  It's pretty well established that running, in and of itself, does not cause cartilage deterioration. Most problems result from traumatic injury to the knee. After recovery from a traumatic injury, running must be approached with more caution as further deterioration may result.


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