Running with psoriatic arthritis

August 11, 2011


Question: I have been running long distance for years, averaging between 20 and 30 miles per week. I was recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and wonder if I can continue to run without damaging my joints.


Answer:

Long distance running is something that, as long as your joints don’t hurt, you can continue. However, it is not the distance that you run that is the issue; it is running with pain or swelling. Because of medical treatments now available, I have many patients with psoriatic arthritis who have been able to reduce all of the inflammation in their joints so that they are comfortable and they can jog without pain. Remember, jogging on an inflamed joint may increase the damage to the joint.

MNorman B. Gaylis, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.R..

Norman B. Gaylis, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.R.
Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease Specialties
Aventura, Fla.



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