Returning to Running After a Low Back Injury

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If you are a runner, chances are you have experienced back pain at some point. Your pain may not have resulted from running, but research shows that 70% of the general population has at least one episode of back pain in their lifetime. The repetitive nature of running – amplifying and exacerbating any mechanical dysfunction – puts runners at risk.

If this sounds like you, take notes – but first make sure you have been cleared by your physician and/or physical therapist before returning to training.

Following a back injury it is crucial to prepare the back and hips for the stresses of running. This includes both strength and mobility. To start, try these three exercises to get back into running shape:

Remember that returning to running takes time and patience! For specific guidance, consult with your local Therapeutic Associates physical therapist to get started on a program that meets your needs and gets you the most out of your training!

We look forward to being a part of your healthcare team.

From injury recovery to movement and performance enhancement, patient success is our passion. Our therapists are committed to the application of evidence-based treatment techniques to ensure you experience the best in rehabilitation and preventative care and see progress with every visit.

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