5. Lower-back pain. “Runners who already have lower-back problems may find that their ailments are worsened by the impact running places on their body,” Dr. Jimenez warns. In some cases, lower-back pain can lead to sciatica, herniated disc or degenerative disc disease. Lower-back pain can develop after running too far a distance before properly warming up and can be experienced in muscular strains, spasms and pains.
How to Prevent Lower-Back Pain
- Prior to a run, be sure to perform a thorough warm-up.
- Engage in gentle daily stretching that alleviates tight back muscles and loosens tight hamstrings.
- Do strength-training routines to condition and tone the core muscles of the back.
- Adjust your chair so that the positioning doesn’t strain the lower back.
One final tip from Dr. Jimenez? “For all injuries, pain that persists should be treated by a sports injury specialist who can outline a rehabilitation strategy and is recommended for full recovery.” So if you think you may have any of these common running injuries, see your doc!
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