While runners know the best way to stay healthy and active is injury prevention, many will experience injury and recovery over the course of their active lives. Common injuries runners can face include shin splints, stress fractures, and iliotibial (IT) band injuries. NYU Langone’s sports health specialists treat athletes with these issues and more, at any age or ability level, to ensure runners can reach their goals safely.
Cordelia W. Carter, MD, director of the Center for Women’s Sports Health, co-director of the Center for Young Athletes, and clinical associate professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, speaks to Runner’s World about identifying running-related injuries, exercises to keep runners on the road, and when it’s important to take time off.
Answering the tough question of distinguishing soreness from an actual injury, Dr. Carter advises that “pain that gets worse and worse, causes you to limp, lasts longer and longer, and doesn’t go away with a little rest,” is a sign that you should consult a specialist about a possible injury.
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