What are the Most Common Injuries for Runners?

Have you been running through Dupont Circle or through Foggy Bottom and felt your low back tighten up or a sharp pain in your Achilles tendon? If so, you are experiencing some of the more common injuries that runners face. This list includes:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Achilles Tendon Tendonitis /Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Hip Pain / Bursitis
  • Patella Femoral Syndrome
  • IT Band Syndromes

These injuries are typically from the repetitive stress that running puts on the body; this stress on your joints can lead to fatigue and instability, which can cause further pain or injury.

Most people think of chiropractic for addressing back pain, but chiropractic is a great method to treat conditions of the extremities as well. Your practitioner is able to do this through therapy including mobilization and manipulation, myofascial release, and prescribing corrective exercise to stabilize and strengthen the painful joint. Chiropractors can also perform gait assessments to evaluate the way you walk which can further explain the source of injury and help identify treatment methods.

It may be time to change your footwear if you are consistently experiencing pain during or after your runs. Running shoes should be changed about every 300 to 500 miles. This could be every 5 to 6 months if you are running about 15 miles per week or much sooner if you are training for a distance race.

As always, please feel free to email me at drrosenberg@completechiropracticdc.com with any questions or topics you would like to see discussed in this space, give me a call at 202-733-5604, or schedule an appointment to come meet with me in person and discuss a personalized treatment plan.

Talk to you soon.

Dr. Rosenberg