When you get lower back pain running, like any injury, it can put a serious dent in your progress. Needless to say I am not a doctor, but I can most definitely empathise with lower back pain sufferers. After endless days of crawling out of bed, a trip to my own physician had me down as having a thinning disc in my back.
Though most certainly not life threatening, this condition is non-treatable (according to two doctors). It’s also the most likely suspect anytime I get lower back pain running. So this article is a compilation of the stuff I’ve learned from my personal pursuit for a more comfortable running life.
What to do when you get lower back pain running: Tip 1
Go to your doctor!!!!!!! There’s a lot of talk about when and when not to go to the doctor.
When you have any ongoing pain or discomfort, most definitely visit a professional (and a second opinion is always good). Even a comforting “there’s nothing seriously wrong” can work wonders as a placebo effect. On the flip side, the sooner you go to the doctor, the quicker you can start fixing the problem.
Tip 2: Don’t take the strain
One common cause of lower back pain can be a muscle strain. Sean McCance MD at Spine-health.com recommends these simple solutions to back muscle strain: