Sports Injuries

The 2 Most Common Running Injuries, And What To Do About Them

Written by Nancy

The high you get after a good run is unlike anything else in this world—you just can’t describe it.

However, the repeated movements that involve the joints, bones, and muscles can take their toll on the body over time. All of us have experienced or heard stories of full-blown injuries that result from running, compelling runners to lock their shoes in the closet for months on end.

Regardless of why you run—whether it’s for pleasure or for an upcoming competition—it’s normal to experience twinges and aches. Injury prevention is not about striving for the absence of pain; it’s about the course of action that needs to be taken after a condition develops. A timely response is critical, because it can prevent running injuries from turning into acute injuries—which can put you in bed for an indeterminate amount of time.

Here are some common injuries that runners face, and what needs to be done about them:

Runner’s Knee

Runner’s knee is usually referred to as pain at the front of the knee. To diagnose the source of the pain, you can ask your doctor or physical therapist to palpate the area to see which part hurts. You can also run to reproduce the sensation to locate the pain yourself. While the knee is the most common site of pain, it’s rarely the cause.

The best intervention for this kind of pain is to lower the phase of movement and get into strength training—just don’t run through the pain.


Pulled Hamstring

This begins as excessive tightness at the back of your thigh. When you experience the feeling, it means that you’ve placed an unreasonable load on your hamstring. Running too fast or running under fatigue are strong indications of a pulled hamstring.

A pulled hamstring pull can affect multiple sites at a time—including the tendons around the knee joint, the attachments surrounding your ischial tuberosity, or around your thighs.

To help a pulled hamstring heal, you need to start pushing against a surface without producing any movements. Doing this activity will minimize the buildup of scar tissue, beginning the healing process almost instantly. Moreover, when you go back to regular life, ensure that you’re starting slow with work and exercises.


If you’re experiencing any of this, physical therapy at Divergent Health Group can help. Their experts are not only known for their excellent medical practitioner services, but also provide chiropractic treatment and spinal decompression services in Calgary. Get in touch with them to know more about their services!

About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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