Tips to Prevent Running Injuries
Summertime is here! And that means its also running season! With running comes the chance of injury. As a chiropractor, I see a lot of running injuries walk through my office door. The injuries I have seen and treated can occur at the ankle, knee and hip. However, more often than not, the injuries that occur are usually of the soft tissue variety.
These soft tissue injuries can commonly result in hip flexor pain, patellofemoral (runner’s knee) dysfunction, shin splints and plantar fasciitis. WebMD has listed it’s top ten list of common running injuries and prevention tips:
At The Clinic, I orthopedically evaluate the integrity of the joints and soft tissues to determine the origin of the dysfunction and development a treatment protocol that is specific to the patient. The best treatment plan usually involves ART (active release therapy) of the injured soft tissues, modalities (ultrasound, IFC, medical acupuncture) and strengthening exercises.
As well, it’s important that the patient also has proper foot wear (and custom orthotics) when running and is aware that the different running environments (treadmill vs. pavement) can affect the biomechanics of the lower limb.
Finally, it’s very important to stretch! I like to recommend stretching before and after a run. There is a lot of research debating the merits of both before and after. However, at the end of the day, stretching is important and has shown to help prevent the onset of soft tissue and joint injuries. Check out this link for stretching tips: