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Running is an excellent way to stay fit, lose weight, relieve stress and more. Common running injuries include blisters, patellofemoral pain syndrome, muscle pulls, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis and sprains. You can help prevent running injuries by warming up and stretching, wearing the right gear and working with a family doctor or sports medicine physician.

Running has become one of the most popular ways to improve and maintain fitness, and to stay in shape. In fact, more than 40 million North Americans run on a regular basis.

Although running is a great way to stay active, many runners have to deal with an injury at some point.

More than 80% of running injuries are caused by repetitive stress, but sudden injuries like a sprained ankle or a torn muscle can also happen.

If you are looking for information on common running injuries and treatment options, you may want to consider the following specialists:

Physiotherapy is treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient's mobility, function, and well-being. Physiotherapy helps through physical rehabilitation of muscles and tendons and joints, injury prevention, and health and fitness. Physiotherapists are also great at getting you involved in your own recovery, often assigning you specialized exercises to do daily at home.

Chiropractors can treat back pain, neck pain, arthritis, headaches, physical injuries and more. They are spine, muscle and nervous system experts who specialize in assessing injuries and pain, diagnosing, treating and developing care plans to keep you moving.

Massage therapists assess and treat soft tissues and joints of the body. Their work helps improve and maintain good health and treat pain from injuries and physical disorders.  Massage therapy can promote blood flow to muscles that are fatigued or that have suffered an injury.   

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