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Common Running Injuries

Every weekend, millions of Americans lace up their running shoes and hit the pavement. Running can be an excellent exercise. It has been shown to raise levels of good cholesterol, increase lung function, lower risk of stroke and fight depression, among many other health benefits. As with any physical activity, though, there is the chance for injury.

In this interactive guide, we explain the possible causes of 10 common running injuries and offer suggestions for how a physical therapist could treat them. Says Michael Conlon, PT, who specializes in working with athletes, "The treatment advice is generic in nature. For all of these injuries, athletes need at least thorough evaluation of hip and ankle joints and often extending up to the thoracic spine. The goal of PT evaluation is always to determine the root cause."  

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All information provided by Michael Conlon, PT, owner of Finish Line PT, New York, NY.

To download a printable version of this handout, click here.


No doubt running is very good for health and we should not stop it because of injuries.

Golda AvisJanuary 13, 2014

Paying attention to your running shoes is a vital link in the management of running injuries. Endeavor to change your sneakers every six months.

Folu Songonuga,  DPT,  SOS PTAugust 06, 2013
South Orange, NJ

A lot of this runner's injuries are likely due to her overstriding and landing on her heel. You also neglected to mention the risk of stress fractures, which can occur in any bone of the lower extremity. These need a very different type of treatment - rest. Stress fractures can present very similar to labral tears and muscle strains so it is important for therapists to be aware of them and their risks.

Alison BryantMarch 08, 2012

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