Running with a Spinal Disk Herniation
May I run if I was diagnosed with a spinal disc herniation and osteochondrosis?
I'm eager to run but I'm afraid))))But I want to run very, very much.
Master of Sports of International class in track and field athletics, winner of the Zurich marathon, participant of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, multiple European Cup and Russian championships medalist, coach of the school “I Love Running”
The question is partly related to medicine. If you consult a doctor with these diagnoses he will probably recommend you walking or swimming as motor activity.
I don't want to be a "good coach" doing a "disservice" and expressing an opinion completely opposite to a medical one. Hernias can be different and there are five stages of ostechondrosis, after all.
But at the same time, I know many cases when these diagnoses were no obstacle for people who want to run. Meanwhile, the following recommendations should be taken into account:
- In either case you should counsult a doctor. There are various stages and types of diseases in case of which running is indeed contraindicated.
- In the absence of prohibition on running you should follow the rule of gradual increase of load. You'd better start with light running (no more than 20 minutes). You should buy max-cushioned running shoes with good protection. It is advisable to begin your first trainings with running on soft and natural coatings (parks roads). And...! It's very important to do gymnastics for spine daily, especially after trainings. All these protective measures allow you to reduce negative influence of impact load on musculoskeletal system and achieve your dream!
Wish you health!
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MR showed old partial meniscal tear.
Sharp pain occurred after running a 9 km and I had to complete my half-marathon distance by walking with broad strides or switching to a race walking in order not to feel the pain.
During a half year I had three attacks of pain. But there was no pain after short runs (7-10 km). Now I gave my knee a week to rest and recover.
What can you recommend? How to recover and return to the earlier level? I'll have to run another race and hope I won't damage the meniscus absolutely(((.