RUNNING INJURIES AND TREATMENTS

Barry Harpur Principal Osteopath Kinesis Clinic
Barry Harpury
Principal Osteopath
Date Posted
July 26, 2016
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Every runner/sportsperson is likely to sustain an injury, in one way or another. Most running injuries occur when you either push yourself too hard or too fast. Some people choose to run through the pain, a practice that often goes on to worsen the injury. If you are an active sportsperson, it is important to familiarise yourself with these injuries – it will help you recognise the issue much faster and take corrective action, preventing the problem from aggravating further. In this blog we look at the most common running injuries and the treatments available for rehabilitation and recovery.

Achilles Tendonitis

This condition is usually a result of overworking the Achilles tendon, which is a band of tissues that connect the calf muscles to the heel bone. Exposing the tissues to extreme pressure and abnormal conditions, tight/ weak calf muscles and ankle joints, wrong footwear, extreme uphill running or sudden changes in speed – any of these can cause the tendon to become swollen or degenerate. While the pain and discomfort begins to subside after the workout, Achilles Tendonitis is a serious running injury that should not be taken callously.

Treatment: Treatments include NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), using heel pads, therapeutic sports massages and extensive rehab. Surgery might also be required if the injury is acute enough.

Shin Splints

This injury usually involves pain and discomfort towards the front of one’s lower legs, along the shin bone (tibia). Intensive running, wearing ill-fitting shoes, running on hard surfaces for prolonged periods, reduced flexibility of ankles and a bad running posture are the most common causes. The pain usually begins at the very outset of the run, extending from the lower half of the shin to the knee. With shin splints, the discomfort often reduces while running but almost always comes back with a stabbing intensity, when the runner begins to slow down. Inflammation and formation of lumps have also been seen with patients.

Treatment: Most treatments for Shin Splints focus around abating the actual pain and providing relief to the patient. Doctors usually prescribe extended periods of rest, massage, application of cool packs and consumption of NSAIDs to help the runner in recovering.

ITBS

ITBS (iliotibial Band Syndrome) is characterised by tenderness in the Iliotibial Band which begins to generate friction against the knee cap. The problem usually occurs due to a tight ITB and weak hip muscles, insufficient stretching and warm-up, ill-fitting footwear and extensive running on hills. ITBS pain is generally felt on the outside of the knee while walking downhill or climbing stairs, especially when this joint is bent to a 45 degree angle. Inflammation might also occur.

Treatment: Running should be immediately stopped after sustaining this injury. Rest, cool packs and NSAIDs are the first line of treatment. If the injury doesn’t respond to the above, Osteopathy, Active release technique and Graston Technique are recommended in the affected area.

Take care while enjoying sports activities!

Osteopath Reviews

Keeping people active and pain free in Guildford
I came to Zaneta with severe lower back pain and symptoms of sciatica. She was able to quickly diagnose the root cause as weakness stemming from pregnancy and labour. The treatments provided significant relief from the pain and she has been equipping me with functional exercises to improve strength and ensure that it doesn't flare up again. I've been amazed by the results so far, Zaneta has been fantastic.
Hannah E
Hannah E
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I cannot recommend the Kinesis Clinic highly enough. Earlier this year I came to Barry on the recommendation of my son for muscle pain in different areas of my body. To date he has worked a miracle and seem to be relatively pain free. Throughout this process I have tried other practitioners and none compare with Barry and his in depth knowledge. One of the most impressive things is the knowledge of his individual patients and the attention he gives you. I must also add that Lucy on reception is a real asset and is always willing to help in any way for the benefit of the clients.
Maureen kulik
Maureen kulik
1700686071
There's simply no one better than Kinesis. If you're looking for an osteopath, you've found the answer! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Marc Gorman
Marc Gorman
1700459240
I had been in pain for 7 years and thought that was what life had to be like, and then I found Barry! He worked out immediately what my issue was (a long list of people had failed!!) and in one session reduced my pain significantly. Over 4 sessions he has made significant progress on my hip and shown me what the plan is going forward. Finding Barry literally changed my life and I couldn't be more grateful to him.
Ellie Apperly
Ellie Apperly
1693281266
I went to see Barry for rehab after fracturing my spine. He’s an excellent Osteopath, taking time to understand the issues, and provide the right treatment and a tailored home exercise program. His YouTube exercise videos are also very helpful to follow. My mobility and strength improved significantly as well as much less discomfort. Thank you Barry!
Tom
Tom
1692120023
I had a reoccurring shoulder dislocation injury due to playing various contact sports and after numerous operations my shoulder was weak, the muscles trembled as I tried to strengthen it. After struggling with it for over 10yrs I went to see Zaneta in the clinic. The main problem for me was the trembling and shaking as I tried to exercise and lack of flexibility. Zaneta used some instrument (big stainless-steel spoon in my non-medical world) to breakdown the scar tissue. After a few weeks my shoulder was unrecognisable. I can now exercise without the shaking, meaning I can strengthen it. Interestingly, I now have a greater range of movement than my ‘good’ shoulder.
Richard Leader
Richard Leader
1692114852
Ms Zaneta helped me a lot, especially when my back was falling apart after pregnancy! Huge thanks!
Ola Dos
Ola Dos
1688457910
Gareth has provided to me a fantastic and very personal service regarding my shoulder and lower back problems. I would thoroughly recommend him – well done
Peter Craig
Peter Craig
1660667097
I can't praise Jason highly enough, I've been seeing him for a few months and he's helped me so much, he's much more than my osteo, he's also a counsellor, business coach and all round great listener.Whenever I leave our session I feel better inside and out.
Susan Walsh
Susan Walsh
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Unparalleled treatment from Barry and his team. I've sifted through many physiotherapists and osteopaths for disc related problems in the past two years before being saved by Barry; an erudite and scholarly practitioner who draws on his immense, esoteric knowledge and experience to inform sessions. Barry precisely and effectively reads/listens to my body; no session is the same and I'm always in awe of the variety of techniques he uses to diagnose and pinpoint areas of concern. His methods are subtle yet sublime: he often releases and manipulates muscle/tissue/joints from a number of points in my body where a link to the referred pain perhaps appears tenuous for a layperson like myself...I've been redirected from possible surgical intervention to non surgical treatment and management where I finally feel more stable and strong. Gareth and Jason have also played a significant part in treating me over the year and I honestly couldn't recommend them enough!
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B
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Cannot rate Barry and the clinic higher, I have met everyone there and they are all professional but very friendly. They have been great at fitting me in, supporting me and making me feel like a valued customer. Have recommended to a number of friends that have had the same experience.
Lisa Collins
Lisa Collins
1636450785
I am so grateful to the whole team at Kinesis Clinic for all of the treatment I have had with them over the past 2.5 years following an accident. For the past year, Barry has helped me to heal my neck, and the dizziness associated with the injury. I feel that he really cares about his patients' recovery, and has so much wisdom to share. He has helped me to see how my mind and emotions also play a role in recovering, and this has prompted me to change patterns in my life that were worsening my symptoms. His approach to treatment has been gentle, but very effective. I can't recommend Kinesis Clinic enough. Thank you :)
Megan McInnes
Megan McInnes
1632602100
The team is very welcoming and supportive with all your needs. I see them every 2 weeks just get my body sorted out to help with any niggle that come up. I would definitely recommend kinesis Clinic and there team to help you with any problems your having. Weather is sports related or your haven’t any past injuries this the team to help you.
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omololu abiodun
1625807758
Jason is a professional, friendly and brilliantly talented osteopath. I started treatment at the clinic for upper back/shoulder pain and migraines a few years ago and I have experienced a significant improvement in pain levels/migraines since then. Initially I had regular appointments but now I just book when needed. I get immediate relief with each session, and the positive effects often last for weeks afterwards. Out of all the treatments I have tried, Jason’s osteopathy practice at Kinesis Clinic is by far the most effective. I am so glad I found the clinic and I would now not go anywhere else. Highly recommend.
Kate M
Kate M
1625091952
Gareth at the Kinesis Clinic is an amazing Osteopath. He has helped me to provide effective solutions for over 2 years with different muscular and neural issues I have had as an elite athlete. He is extremely knowledgeable in his field and can expertly used different treatments such as manual and laser therapy for rehabilitation. He always adapts his approach and provides personal home programmes to follow which greatly help too. I would definitely recommend him for anyone who wants to use the Kinesis clinic for the first time.
Olumide
Olumide
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