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Common Running Injuries

Running injuries are an unfortunate, but all too common, occurrence. Understanding a running injury is the key to prevention, early detection, and/or effective treatment. Here you will find resources that explain common problems, and offer information about types of treatment for a running injury.

    Achilles Tendonitis

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    Achilles tendonitis is an injury commonly noted with runners, walkers and those who participate in jumping or stop/start activities. It can be persistent, frustrating and a challenge to alleviate once it starts. The following covers causes, symptoms, and prevention strategies.

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    Chondromalacia (“Runner’s Knee”)

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    “Runner’s Knee” is a condition of over-use affecting the knee cap area. Most often it is aggravated with running, squats, stairs, and lunges. This condition can have multiple factors leading to its development and thus a treatment approach often includes multiple areas.

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    IT Band Friction Syndrome

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    IT Band Friction Syndrome is a common overuse injury that occurs when the IT band becomes very tight and creates excessive friction over the outside of the hip or the outside of the knee. When the IT band becomes tight and you continue to run or cycle, the repetitive friction of the IT band rubbing over the outside of the hip or outside of the knee creates irritation, inflammation, and ultimately pain.

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    Piriformis Syndrome

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    Have you started to experience pain in your hip or down your leg while beginning or advancing your fitness program? This pain may be stemming from the piriformis muscle in your hip. This muscle can cause local buttock pain or pain down your leg if it is irritating your sciatic nerve. This condition is termed Piriformis Syndrome. One of the causes is overuse or sudden change in walking, running, or a lifting program.

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    Plantar Fasciitis

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    At 12 weeks, twice as many patients with shoulder dysfunction and pain who received primary medical care (PCM) and manual therapy plus exercise had achieved complete recovery versus those receiving usual medical care only. In addition, it took 1 year for patients who received primary care management only to achieve the same.

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    Shin Splints

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    The term “Shin Splints” is a general term that describes pain in the lower leg associated with running and other athletic activities. Pain may be felt in the front (anterior) or in the back (posterior) of the lower leg. Anterior Shin Splints occur more commonly than posterior. The pain felt is due to very small tears in the muscles at their attachment to the shin.

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Common Running Injuries

 


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