Let’s face it, the rigors of training for long distances aren’t for the faint of heart. The daily runs, growing in length, take commitment and will, for most, require the ability to handle a few aches and pains.
But how do you know when to seek medical attention for pain related to running? The incidence of injury for those training for a marathon has been reported as high as 90 percent, so don’t ignore those persistent pains—and seek help sooner rather than later:
If you are unable to bear weight or have uncontrolled bleeding, seek medical attention immediately.
If you are not in excruciating pain, it is okay to take a few days to monitor your pain and rest before seeking medical attention. If you feel better, great! With a few pain-free days under your belt, you can start training again at a low intensity, keeping a close eye out for reoccurrence.
Add cross training to your program (if you haven’t already) to help keep running injuries at bay. But if pain continues even with rest, get an evaluation so you can recover and return to training—and reaching your fitness goals.
Linnea Omholt, PT, DPT and Luke Smith PT, DPT, CSCS, are physical therapists with Edward Rehabilitation Services and Sports Medicine.
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