Saturday, January 17, 2009

Quad Strength May Help Arthritic Knees

"Our results suggest that strong quadriceps muscles have an overall beneficial effect on knee osteoarthritis," the researchers said.

MY COMMENT: This study only found protection from cartilage loss in the lateral compartment of the patello-femoral joint. Researchers think a stronger vastus medialis (pulls the knee inward) may reduce cartilage loss around the joint. Too early to tell but not a bad idea for any runner to strengthen those quads.

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