It’s not easy to do things you love, like running, when you’re in pain. In the same respect, running can cause many different pain problems and even aggravate them further. If you’re not careful about stretching and proper running form, you can really wreak havoc on your body. Even some people, when they do everything right, struggle with chronic pain because their body just doesn’t want to work in the way that it is being asked. Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean that you have to stop running necessarily. Staying healthy is exceptionally important. However, it may mean that you need help from an experienced physical therapist in order to address the cause of your pain. Physical therapy can help to address body mechanics and other problems that may be happening because you’re running. If you think you may be dealing with any of the following issues because of running, contact Progressive Health and Rehab in Gahanna for help!

Shin Splints

Shin splints is an all too common problem for many runners. The severe pain along the shin bone can make it very difficult to run at all. While you can try new shoes and running on softer surfaces, like dirt or asphalt, often physical therapy will be needed in order to reduce the swelling and evaluate the extent of the problem. Shin splints can even be caused by small fractures in the tibia. However, mild shin splints can often be treated effectively. Learning how to properly stretch the muscles in that area and tape with kinesiology tape can help you in the long run.

Sciatica

Sciatica pain plagues many Americans who run and those who don’t. It’s a tough condition to work with, as it can cause both severe pain and numbness in the legs. However, stretching and strengthening this tricky area can help to relieve any pressure put on the sciatic nerve and provide you with relief. There is also always a chance that it’s not your sciatica but your sacroiliac joint causing you so much discomfort. A physical therapist can help to isolate the problem, and work with you in order to reduce inflammation and create a home exercise plan to keep you feeling your best.

Plantar Fasciitis

When your feet hurt, it makes it exceptionally difficult to run. There are many reasons your feet could be hurting. With so many bones in a small space and the regular impact from running, it can often be hard to isolate the problem. However, plantar fasciitis is an exceptionally common problem that many runners have to address. The main cause of plantar fasciitis is small tears occurring in the facia found in the arch of your foot, the exact reason why this happens is not currently known. Physical therapy can help to reduce the inflammation and provide you with a variety of techniques to help keep this problem from becoming debilitating. Good arch support is also key, so keep that in mind.

Bursitis

In your hips, there is a small, fluid-filled sack called the bursa. When tight IT bands rub over the edge of this sack, your whole hip joint can become inflamed with a condition known as bursitis. The main cause of this problem is exceptionally tight IT bands, which means that this is a common problem for both runners and many women. Physical therapy will focus on lengthening the IT band and strengthening both your quads and glutes in order to shift which muscles stabilize your legs. By doing this, you’ll be able to work towards pain relief.

Sprains

Knee and ankle sprains are exceptionally common, and you don’t even have to be a runner to get them. While a sprain may seem harmless as long as you rest it long enough for it to heal, in the long run, it can cause range of motion limitations. If this happens because the sprain heals poorly, it’s important to work with a physical therapist to evaluate the problem and then work towards restoring your full range of motion. Doing this promptly will help to avoid further pain down the line.

For experienced and knowledgeable physical therapists in Gahanna, turn to Progressive Health and Rehab. Schedule your first appointment with us today!