Learn the causes and solutions of the most common injuries for runners.
A pain in your knee or tightened muscle can ruin a perfectly good run. But if you didn’t twist your ankle or bump into something, where did the pain come from? Read on to learn about six of the most common running injuries and how to treat them.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Pain on the side of your knee when you’re running might indicate iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS). Your IT band is a tendon that runs along your thigh and connects your hip to the outside of your knee. When it’s overused the band can inflame and cause pain, resulting in ITBS. Causes of the injury include, running on a new surface or on too many hills, increasing your activity, a tight IT band, or poor training habits, amongst other things.
To treat ITBS, first try OTC pain relievers and then massage, ice, or foam roll the effected area. If that doesn’t work, contact your doctor to discuss options such as physical therapy or corticosteroids.