Thursday, March 02, 2017
You may be using the treadmill wrong
But orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, says you may be injuring your knees if you don't run at a slight incline.
A zero-percent incline, he explains, is not like running on flat ground, it's like running slightly downhill, which stresses the knee and patellar tendon (front of thigh, helping the thigh straighten the leg).
Higher inclines also may be fun and challenging but can lead to sharp knee pain.
Treadmills come with inclines programmed in for a reason, Plancher says. Running at a slight incline works the big muscle groups and also helps you avoid shin splints.
The slight incline of 3% is optimal.
If something starts hurting, the doctor says, stop doing it. Try biking, swimming, or the elliptical and give your knees a break.
Well, not a break...you know what I mean.