Running injuries can lead to pain, lack of motivation, and change in personality. If you are a runner, then you love to run. Running is more than just exercise, it becomes a release of stress. It allows you to get inside of your head for a time while working up a great sweat. If you were to get injured, then this release of stress will not be an option. Work assignments can get more challenging. Family members, friends, and co-workers will notice that you are slightly more irritable or not quite yourself. This is not a good state of mind to be in for you, or those around you.
I am not a very avid runner, but I do exercise regularly. I have run in the past, even making my attempts at triathlons, but running has never been a real passion of mine. Fortunately, I understand that running can have some benefits so I made an attempt to hit the pavement again. I have been running 2-3 times a week for the past month and so far everything has been going great. That is because I have not run more than a mile yet. It is very important when starting a running program to add mileage very slowly to allow your body to adapt to the new routine. Remember, the key is to avoid injures that could take away all of your hard work and achievements.
Warning Signs That You May Have Running Injuries
The pain gets worse the more you run – If the pain or ache works itself out within the first part of your run, than chances are it will be alright. If the pain worsens the further you run, then you are probably causing more harm than good.
Your running stride is not in rhythm – If you are noticing an unequal striking of your feet during your run, then something may be wrong. If your foot strike is symmetrical and rhythmical then you most likely have everything in working order.
You notice swelling – When swelling is present, most likely inflammation is the culprit. Inflammation causes irritated nerves to tell the brain that pain is present. This is your body’s way of saying it needs time to heal.
Tightness that you can’t seem to stretch – Have you ever had a hamstring or quad that you stretch daily, yet it still feels tight? Most likely you have adhesions in the muscle or fascial tissue that need to be addressed. I would recommend a good massage in this case. Continuing to run would only make matters worse.
Pain persists even with time off – If you decide the pain warrants some time away from running and you take a few days off, but the pain does not, then you probably have a running injury. It is important to address this sooner than later, as time can make the injury worse.
Chiropractors can help you assess your running injuries. If left untreated, or continually aggravated, small running injuries will become bigger problems down the road. If you notice any of the above symptoms, call our office to schedule an appointment. We will address the issue immediately and return you to the sport you so fervently enjoy.
Dr Spencer Charlet
Chiropractor in Mooresville