When we think of avid runners, we often conjure in our minds people who are at the peak of fitness – active and agile, with maybe the occasional bout of knee pain, but never anything too serious because these people are healthy. Well, study after study has shown the medical community that there are a variety of issues that can affect the body of a runner, and not only his or her knees, as many would suspect. As it turns out, avid runners can battle some pretty severe low back pain.
The explanation for why runners suffer episodes of low back pain may seem straightforward – the impact of foot to pavement could have a jarring effect on the spine, and over a long enough period, lead to regular episodes of back pain. While this explanation can be real for some, studies have highlighted something else entirely: Back pain in runners may stem from weak core muscles.
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