Common Running Injuries

The Prevention and Treatment Of Common Running Injuries

Running injuries can put you on the sidelines. The most common running injuries typically happen when you push yourself too hard or move your body incorrectly while running. Fortunately, you can prevent and treat many types of common running injuries.


Common Running Injuries: Prevention and Treatment

Runner’s knee

A misaligned kneecap is one of the most common causes of runner’s knee, which is a type of overuse injury. The cartilage on your kneecap can wear down to cause pain, especially when you go up or down stairs, squat or sit with your knee bent for too long. Prevent runner’s knee by running on softer surfaces. Rest, pain relievers and leg pain treatment can help.

Stress fracture

A small crack in the bone, usually in the shin or feet, which often results from working too hard before the body gets used to the new activity. Prevent stress fractures by running on softer surfaces and gradually intensifying workouts. Rest and leg pain treatment alleviates pain.

Shin splints

Shin splints are a common running injury that happens after changing your workout. Prevent shin splints by changing your workout gradually. Rest, stretching exercises and a gradual return to running helps treat shin splints.

Achilles tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is the result of inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which attaches the muscles of the calf to the back of the heel. It is the result of repetitive stress to the Achilles tendon. Prevent Achilles tendinitis by gradually intensifying your running; stretching your calf muscles can also help. Treatment includes rest, applying ice to the area, and calf stretches.

Muscle pulls

A pulled muscle, also known as a muscle strain, can actually cause a small tear in the muscle. Muscle pulls are often the result of overstretching a muscle. Treatment for a pulled muscle includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation, often referred to as RICE. Prevention includes proper stretching before running.

If you suffer from running injuries, or if you run and want to reduce your risk of running injuries, make an appointment with Diamond State Chiropractic. Dr. Hollstein is a chiropractic orthopedist, a specialty that only 3 percent of chiropractors in the U.S. obtain. Training as a chiropractic orthopedist makes Dr. Hollstein a very qualified chiropractor to help people cope and recover from common runner injuries. Diamond State Chiropractic is located at 1101 Twin-C Lane #201 in Newark, DE. Make your appointment today by calling (302) 892-9355.

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