Why Does My Back Hurt When I Run?

Unfortunately, the answer to this frequently asked question is “it depends”. Patients with low back pain while running typically have one or a few of the following conditions going on: Facet Joint Irritation: The spine is made up of vertebrae (the bones in your spine). In between each vertebrae is a fluid filled disc (you know the ones that “slip”… they really don’t, but more on that later). If you have a large lordosis (curve in your low back), think dancers, gymnasts, pregnant women, and have weak abdominal muscles that are unable to stabilize these joints while running, the facet joints can become irritated, inflamed and painful while running. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction: The Sacroiliac

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