Running Pain

  • secretlygay11

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    Mar 04, 2009 6:27 PM GMT
    I have been running alot agian lately, and I have been getting a sharp pain just over my quad, does anyone know any streches or anything I can do to help, I tried taking a couple days off but it didn't do anything.
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    Mar 04, 2009 11:04 PM GMT
    Sometimes you can keep going and the kinks work out.
    But for a sharp pain, I'd probably take off at least a week.
    Then favor that area on re-initiating exercise.

    Might want to at least check with a med expert, nurse, whatever to find out if a cold or warm compress would help.

    If the pain is in that joint where the thigh connects to the torso...S-H-U-D-D-E-R...I'm so ticklish there I can't even stand to think about it.

    Maybe check www.webmd.com for joint pain recommendations.
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    Mar 04, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    I agree... running can be rather taxing on your body. It is best to take it easy for a little while and build back up then mess something up permanently. Also - see a physician.

    Can't think of any specific stretches that might help... but a little rest and having it checked should be a place to start.
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    Mar 05, 2009 6:45 AM GMT
    Not sure if I'd stretch a sharp pain. Stretching is a preventive measure, and not a cure. So the best thing you can do is see how it feels after resting for a few days. If it gets worse, see the Sports medicine doc.
  • secretlygay11

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    Mar 05, 2009 1:40 PM GMT
    Thanks, I hate to have to slow down, but I also hate the idea of getting messed up permetly, thank you
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    Mar 05, 2009 1:59 PM GMT
    Here is an article from Running Times Magazine about quad pain.
    http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=4108

    Some runners have told me that running downhill is hard on the quads. I'm not a runner so I have no personal experience.
    There are on line sites that discuss quad stretching exercises for runners. All you need to do is Google it
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Mar 18, 2009 9:14 AM GMT
    I'm actually going through something very similar. I'm almost certain I've strained/pulled/injured my hip flexor, which is like a series of three muscles connecting your hip to pretty much everything else. My pain is located just below my hip, definitely not my groin, cuz I know what that's like and this isn't it. It's very sharp, almost arthritic if I had to guess what arthritis would feel like. It's very hard to stand on that leg alone, and standing up from a seated position hurts. Walking isn't too bad, except that I have a compensatory limp that is kinda noticeable.

    I think I just pulled it by jumping right onto a treadmill, on a very cold day, with only shorts on my legs, and not having stretched at all beforehand.

    I didn't run for like a week, but it had improved, so I tried running on it and it was worse the next day than it had been at the start. So then I stayed off the treadmill for another two weeks, tried running again, and it was bad again.

    It's been four weeks now and it's still not healed. I walk from the train to work (6 blocks, maybe 7), so it's impossible to really rest my leg 100%, but Bengay helps a little, and I've been doing ice after work (in case there's inflammation) and heat at bedtime (to help with the healing).

    If anyone has any advice on this injury, I would love to hear it. I already know that I should probably go to the doctor, but not if I can wait it out on my own.
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    Mar 24, 2009 5:18 AM GMT
    It's important to see a knowledgeable professional since the hip area is quite complex and several things could cause your problem. E.g. the piriformis muscle can be weak and lead to imbalance in flexing the hip, thus causing your other muscles and joint to work out of order. There are also the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, hamstrings, adductors, ... you get the picture.

    The knee is much simpler in many ways because all the parts are pretty much where they can be see and palpated to determine what's out of whack. If it's in the muscle, then light massage and heat will help circulation and heling. If it's in the joint itself, that could be either bone, cartilage, or ligaments -- all much harder to heal. See an expert.
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    Mar 29, 2009 3:07 AM GMT
    I haven't experienced pain in my quads from running, but when I had other stressed related pains in my legs I spent time doing water aerobics. One of my teachers told me that the water helps compress muscles and also you can get a resistance based work out with the stress on your joints...maybe it'll help youicon_biggrin.gif
  • martinaston

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    Mar 31, 2009 9:10 PM GMT
    I've also injured some tendons I think (inside calves, above the ankle)
    Warmed up as normal and ran a PB (2.4k in 10:54!), then left limping
    like a pirate the next day. Have left it a week, but still hobbling.
    Any ideas?
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    Mar 31, 2009 9:24 PM GMT
    secretlygay11 saidI have been running alot agian lately, and I have been getting a sharp pain just over my quad, does anyone know any streches or anything I can do to help, I tried taking a couple days off but it didn't do anything.


    I do every leg stretch I know before AND after I workout. Not saying you don't, just emphasising the point. Drinking lots of water throughout your day, with water just before and after you workout is a great help. But sometimes you just need a hot bath and/or sit in a jacuzzi to soften your meat up. If all else fails, pop some painkillers, with caution and moderation.