Identifying Common Running Injuries

Published - Nov 26, 2018
by Young Jee Filer, PT, DPT, OCS

As race day approaches and you begin to taper, you may be experiencing pain and questioning what it might be. Below are three common running injuries and some tips for treatment.

1. Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome 

The IT Band is a fibrous band that runs from the pelvis down to the outside of your knee.  If you’re experiencing pain along this area, it may be your IT Band. Rest, ice, and foam rolling can often relieve tension

2. Piriformis Syndrome

The piriformis is a deep muscle of the buttocks. Pain in the buttocks after running or long periods of sitting can be indicative of piriformis syndrome.  Stretching, massage, and strengthening supporting musculature can help alleviate symptoms.

3. Shin Splints 

If you’re experiencing pain in the front of your leg, between your knee and ankle, you may have shin splints. Rest, ice, and pain relievers may help.

Proper footwear and gradual increases in training can help prevent many running injuries. If you’re questioning the extent of an injury, IRG offers complimentary injury screens.

Young Jee Filer, PT, DPT, OCS is a board-certified orthopedic specialist with 18 years of experience. She is an avid runner, completing over 15 marathons. She is experienced in performing running gait analyses, ASTYM and kinesiotaping. Young is the Clinic Director of IRG Physical & Hand Therapy – Greenwood. Contact Young at 206.900.8883 or