By Dr. Tom Cotter
Question: Hospital Hill is around the corner. I’m in pain. Should I drop out or push through?
Hospital Hill is one of Kansas City’s most popular races. You can’t have a conversation at the water cooler without hearing about someone who is training
for the half, 10k or 5k. In preparation for the June 1 race, many runners have been increasing their training and have started to experience a new pain. It might be a sore hamstring, plantar fasciitis or runner’s knee.
Runners generally handle this in one of two ways. The first group shrugs it off and tries to ignore the pain to get through the next training run or race. The other group panics and thinks that their running career is over. Both groups need to take a step back and reassess.
First, if you are having pain and it hasn’t gone away in a day or two, chances are it will get worse and cause more damage. Second, now is the perfect time to get
it examined. Don’t wait until two days before the race to seek treatment with the hopes that it will improve before the race gun goes off. One month from race day gives plenty of time to rehab a minor injury.
That said, let’s look at why this is happening. At this point, most people are getting close to their peak in training. Your weekly mileage and your long run are
at their longest distances. Often people have minor dysfunctions that the body can overcome for a while without a problem. This is okay for shorter distances, but
once you repeat that motion thousands of times during a run, your body hits its breaking point and an injury occurs.
Remember, if the pain doesn’t go away quickly that means that there is damage to the tissue that will often become worse if ignored. This is the perfect time to
seek treatment. At our clinic, we tease out dysfunctions that cause these injuries and prescribe a short and simple treatment plan to correct these imbalances. By
combining soft tissue treatments and exercise therapy, many conditions can be resolved within a month.
A rule of thumb when it comes to pain is: If you can’t rub it out or get it to go away in a day or two, then you need to get it examined by professionals like us
who looks at these injuries every day. The sooner an injury is treated, the quicker it heals.
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