5 reasons to visit a sports physiotherapist when you are a runner

5 reasons to visit a sports physiotherapist when you are a runner

You might not think that going to a sports physiotherapist is something that you need, but as a runner, you might find you need one more often than you think.

There are so many occasions when you really ought to be going to physiotherapy. If you ignore those needs, you might end up with a permanent injury which prevents you from running as you would like. Here are 5 things that you should not ignore:

When you have frequent aches and pains

You may be familiar with this kind of ache already. After running the first mile, there’s a twinge in your hamstring with every step. Going up or down stairs always makes your knee feel unstable and sore. After a long run, you feel pain in your lower back. These recurrent pains are not something that you should ignore. They may be symptomatic of an underlying injury, which is unable to heal because you keep putting pressure on it. A physiotherapist can help you to find the source and work on solving it.

When the pain doesn’t fade with rest

If you have injured yourself while running, you might decide to take a few days off and rest. This is the right course of action, and you should also put ice on any swelling or site of injury. But after a few days, you should start to feel better, and ready to run again. If the pain still persists and has not faded over time with rest, then you should consult with a physiotherapist. If you go running again and try to ignore the injury, you could end up doing serious damage.

After a traumatic event

A traumatic event is usually very easy to spot. You will be running when you fall or twist an ankle, or otherwise cause injury to yourself. A broken bone, twisted or pulled muscle, or even a torn muscle or ligament all count as traumatic events. They are an injury for which you can identify the exact moment and cause of it happening. A traumatic event often requires specialist care, so don’t delay on going to a sports physiotherapist if you want to recover quickly.

When you can see the injury

You also can’t miss this kind of injury. A visible injury occurs when you have bruising or swelling around the site of the pain. Swelling is the body’s way of protecting an injured area, and bruising occurs when blood rushes to the surface to try to heal faster. When you can see an injury, you are definitely in need of specialist care to ensure that it heals quickly and correctly. If you don’t treat it properly, it could linger for a long time – or even cause a deeper injury from which you cannot recover without surgery.

When pain relief doesn’t work

Finally, you may feel as though your injury is only minor and will not affect you for long. In this case, you may take pain relief as a way to deal with the current pain and push past it. This can be dangerous, however, and you will know that you have gone wrong if the pain lingers even through the painkillers. If this is your experience, you should get to a physiotherapist as soon as possible, to avoid further injury.

If any of these warning signs pop up for you, don’t try to power through it alone. It’s much better to see a sports physiotherapist than to face a possible future in which you are unable to run ever again.

About the AuthorJames Norwick

James Norwick is a sports enthusiast, fitness lover and a healthy lifestyle promoter. He is also a blogger and a part of the team behind Bend + Mend – Physiotherapy and Pilates Studio.

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