Jogging & Running/PAIN

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Hi,

I am a d1 rower, but I love running and I run anywhere from 5-25 miles per week since I was in 8th grade. For the past year, and especially the past sixth months, I have pain on the right side of my calf, near the front. I know it's not shin splints, and it hurts to run on it and especially to touch it (I still run on it anyways 😑). Do you know what this could be or what a solution is...other than slowing down with my running. Is there an air cast or spider tech tape that could help?

Thank you!

Answer
Cassandra, I'm glad you love running so much. It sounds like a mild Grade I-II muscle strain/tear. Rest is normally the best for this. If you've already rested what you think is sufficient then I would see a physical therapist. I am pretty sure that you can see a physical therapist in New York without a physician referral. I strongly recommend that your physical therapist has the credentials of OCS or SCS. This increases the chances of coming to a correct diagnosis and treatment plan. If rest and/or physical therapy treatment doesn't improve it then I recommend getting an MRI or diagnostic ultrasound.

Let me know if you have follow-up questions or more information.

Good luck!

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Nick Rainey

Expertise

I can answer questions about pain and training program. If there is a question about running that I don't know then I'll do some research and make sure I provide you with an answer.

Experience

I'm a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I'm a track and cross country coach. I train clients throughout the year. I've helped prepare athletes for their NFL Pro Days. I've written articles on running. Finally, those that I work with have less pain and run faster.

Organizations
American Physical Therapy Association- Sports Section

Publications
The 6 Week Workout Program- I'm the author of this book Research Made Simple for Physical Therapists- I'm the author of this Kindle book

Education/Credentials
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy BS in Exercise Science NSCA- CSCS and CPT USA Weightlifting Level I NPI- Certified Posture Specialist Total Motion Release Level II Certified Dry Needling

Awards and Honors
National Posture Institute's International Perfect Posture of the Year Award 2011 Clinical Excellence Award- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Aegis Therapies Scholarship recipient

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