Health Shorts: Strong quads mean healthier knees

April 09, 2009

If you want to keep your knees healthy for many years, pay attention to quadriceps muscles in the front of your thighs and keep them strong.

In a 30-month study of 265 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, subjects with the strongest quad muscles were least likely to lose cartilage along the side of the knee, the most common site of arthritis. They also had less pain and were more physically active than subjects with weaker quads.

[SOURCE: “Longevity Facts,” Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, April, 2009, Arthritis & Rheumatism, vol. 60, p0. 189]

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Last Updated April 09, 2009