Spanish Doc Warns Running At Home Dangerous For Knees

This Spanish doctor says the number of serious knee injuries has increased in recent weeks as people have started to run at home which he labelled ‘corridor syndrome’.

According to local media, doctor Juan Jose Lopez, who works as a traumatologist in the city of Murcia in eastern Spain, surveyed 1,900 people on social media and found out that 35 percent of them had done more exercise during the lockdown with 12 per cent suffering injuries and 5 percent needing surgery.

Lopez told local media: “This is not normal taking into account the moment we are living in as we cannot go out.

“There are a lot of applications that have seen an increase in their subscriptions and a lot of social pressure. I think this is resulting in a lot of injuries.”

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Juan Jose Lopez

According to the rheumatologist, one of the most common injuries are meniscus lesions in the knees and he points to the social trend of running at home as a possible cause as runners have to turn more often when indoors.

The Spanish doctor has named this increase in knees injuries as “El Sindrome del Pasillo” (Corridor Syndrom) as the many twists and turns can result in severe knee injuries.

Lopez said to local media: “It’s a barbarity to run 100 kilometres in the corridor of your house.”

He added: “Houses are not a suitable place to do sport so we will have to adapt our homes or our activities. If you were runner you will have to change this type of activity for other aerobic exercises and not running 10 kilometres in the corridor”

However, Lopez recommends doing sport during the lockdown but adapting the intensity and exercise to your condition and space where you live.

Lopez said: “We have to do sports sensibly. We should not only imitate someone on social media but it would be interesting if that person could check if we are doing it right as they would do in person.”


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