Osteoarthritis is part of the normal aging process that occurs in all joints. Causes are many, but genetics and joint trauma are the two main contributing factors. Contrary to popular belief, running does not increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis. Continuing to move and stress the affected joint according to symptoms seems to be the best way to maintain good function and age well.
Hip Bursistis/Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (Gluteal tendinopathy)
Trochanteric bursitis (characterized by pain on the side of the hip) is an inflammation of the hip bursa, which is a small, fluid-filled sac that reduces friction between the iliotibial (IT) band and trochanteric bone (the hard part on your outer hip). The IT band is a large tendon that extends the entire outer side of the thigh from the hip to the knee. Hip bursitis can be associated with stiffness and pain around the hip joint. Gluteal tendinopathy is typically found in female runners aged 40 and older, and is best treated using load management and an exercise program to strengthen the gluteus medius tendon.
Low back pain (Lumbago)
Running and jogging can lead to pain in the lower back. A common cause of low back pain from running are from irritation of the facet joints (the small joints between your vertebrae). Running at high speeds and downhill can especially lead to facet joint irritation. Besides causing pain in the lower back, referred pain may be felt in the legs and can sometimes be associated with tingling or numbness.Learn More
Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy (Gluteal tendinitis)
Proximal hamstring tendinopathy is a common problem among recreational runners. This injury causes localized pain in the back of the thigh near the gluteal fold; it is often mistaken for low back pain, gluteal muscle or piriformis muscle pain. It is mainly reproduced with heel to buttocks movements against resistance, or with witting for extended periods of time.Learn More