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If my lower back hurts when I run what am I doing wrong?

If my lower back hurts when I run what am I doing wrong?

Shoes: It could be that your shoes are not providing enough padding and shock absorption. If your shoes are old, try replacing them with a newer pair of running shoes.Try running on a dirt path or in the grass instead of hard pavement if possible and see if this helps with your pain. Also, may be wise to do some stretches before running and see if this helps. Lastly, drink lots of water. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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My lower back hurts only when I run long distances. I am only 23 and I was wondering what I should do?

My lower back hurts only when I run long distances. I am only 23 and I was wondering what I should do?

Lumbago: Running on hard surfaces is like jack knifing on the spine. Specially if you also do weight lifting, will destroy lower back. That is why you never see on the olympic tem a weight lifter after age 24. If you do not do weight lifting, check your uric acid to be bellow 6.0. I am seeing a lot of young people with elevated uric acid, which i did not see before. ...Read more

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My lower back pain feel really hurt. It's hard for me to make a bow, and it feels better if i puffed my chest. I also just had run. What happenned?

My lower back pain feel really hurt. It's hard for me to make a bow, and it feels better if i puffed my chest. I also just had run. What happenned?

Consider: You may have over stressed your muscles, or herniated a disc. Getting a massage, straightening out the fibers of your back muscles, applying an ice pack, taking an anti-inflammatory, visiting a chiropractor, may all help. ...Read more

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Some stretches or "cures" for lower back pain after running? Thanks in advance

Some stretches or "cures" for lower back pain after running? Thanks in advance

Stretches: 3 big muscles to keep stretched. Hamstrings, psoas, quadriceps. For me, the hamstrings are the biggest recurring issue. ...Read more

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Is it possible to benefit from running or other cardio while having lower back pain?

Careful Exercise : Is great, especially when it targets strengthening the muscles of your lower back and abdominal muscles. I would not flex at the hip while standing. That will only put a lot of pressure on your lower back. ...Read more

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What should I do about lower back pain when running and working out?

What should I do about lower back pain when running and working out?

Consider stretching: Make sure you stretch out before exercising. In addition, consider whether you have good running posture, running shoes, and are lifting appropriate weight. ...Read more

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Im having my 3 epidural for lower back pain within 8weeks do I run a higher risk?

What Risk?: Depends on what risk you are speaking of... Generally there is no major risk in the long term, in the short term you could have steroid side effects, but assuming you have been ok with the past 2, you maybe ok with the 3rd one. I would be hesitant to consider anymore given the 3 in a row. As long as you have relief, i wait at least 2 months for future treatments and maybe consider surgery. ...Read more

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