Top reasons for thigh pain when running
If you notice that you feel thigh pain when running, it can be discouraging. There are often many reasons for thigh pain and it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause, and the exact nature of the injury. Here are some of the top reasons you feel thigh pain when running, and what you could do to help it.
If you have soreness or pain in your quadriceps, you may have a quad strain. Your quads are the large muscles that are at the front of the thigh. Tearing the muscles can cause significant pain. Quad strains can be caused by overtraining, ineffective warming up before training or doing too much hill climbing sprints.
Damaged or inflamed nerves are a deceptive form of thigh pain when running. Many runners attribute the symptoms of nerve pain to overtired muscles, but the pain will not subside when using traditional treatments. Nerve pain can be indicated by numbness in the thighs, a burning feeling above the knee, and pain in the outer upper leg muscle. Nerve pain is often caused by a postural misalignment that causes compression on the nerves. Runners often find that correcting posture will relieve referred nerve pain to the thighs.
IT Band syndrome
IT Band syndrome is a really common cause of thigh pain when running. You might notice pain at the outside of the knee, the outside of the hip under the hip bone or generalised tightness or discomfort down the outside of the leg. Sometimes this can be caused by improper gait, a generalised loss of core or glute strength, worn out running shoes, or a sudden swap to new running shoes. Addressing the causes early will avoid creating scar tissue and more serious issues.
Hamstring injuries are another common running injury. This involves damage to the muscles and tendons and can become a serious problem if left untreated or ignored. You may feel pain that starts up at the sit bones, it may hurt to sit down or press the accelerator while driving. You could feel discomfort and tightness at the back of the thigh.
If you have noticed you have thigh pain when running, it’s best to stop running and consult a sports physiotherapist for advice on how to recover.
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