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Common Running Injuries_Symptoms_Causes_And Treatment
Common Running Injuries: Symptoms, Causes, And Treatment
Although running is perhaps the simplest form of sport and exercise, it is
highly susceptible to injuries. Running injuries are not uncommon among
runners—novice or long-time. And if you’ve been running for a while, you
most likely have experienced any of these common injuries:
1. Runner’s knee
Also referred to as iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), runner’s knee is
characterized by the tenderness of the iliotibial band (ITB), the connective
tissue outside the thigh, and causes friction between the ITB and thigh
bone. Runner’s knee results from overpronation, overtraining, tight ITB
either naturally or due to lack of stretching, wrong shoes, weak hip muscles,
and too much hill running.
People with runner’s knee feel pain and inflammation outside the knee.
Pain is most pronounced when running downhill or on cambered surfaces,
when knees are stretched, and even when simply walking upstairs and
downstairs. At the onset of pain, running must be immediately stopped.
Intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), cold therapy, and
massage can reduce the pain. In severe cases, especially when the injury
does not respond to any treatment or rehabilitation, corticosteroid injection
is performed onto the site of injury.