Running is an excellent way to improve cardiovascular health, yet many runners are prone to injury because of their active lifestyle. The jarring motion of the foot repeatedly striking the ground can affect your neck, back, and ankles. Here are some of the more common types of injuries and how you can treat them.
1. Spine damage
Every time your foot strikes the ground when running, it places additional pressure on your vertebrae. Over time, this can result in injury or make an existing injury worse. Common spinal injuries include compression fractures and disc damage. Compression fracture treatments include non-surgical procedures like rest, pain medication, and hot and cold therapy. In more severe cases it can involve surgery, either vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty Jacksonville FL. You can treat disc damage with physical therapy, pain relief medicine, and surgery.
2. Ankle Injuries
Multiple ankle injuries can occur when running on roads, including ankle sprains, Achilles Tendinitis, peritendinitis, and an Achilles rupture. The Achilles tendon comes under immense stress when running because of the high tension placed on it and because it gets a limited blood supply. The most common treatment for an ankle injury is putting heat on it, following RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) therapy, pain relief medication, physical therapy, or surgery.
3. Muscle fatigue and strain
If you don’t warm-up properly before a workout, you can strain a muscle. Even with a strict warm-up regimen, you can still experience muscle fatigue if you don’t build rest days into your training. Muscle strain and fatigue can make you feel achy, reduce your mobility, and be sore to touch, but you can ease muscle tightness by keeping hydrated, taking potassium supplements, having a bath with Epsom salts, or booking in for a massage.
With proper treatment and by taking due care when you resume your training program, you can continue to take part in a sport you enjoy.