Running with radiculitis can be challenging. Radiculitis occurs because a nerve originating from your neck or back is irritated as it exits your spine and runs down your arm or leg, according to Spine Centers of America. Most commonly lumbar, or low back, radiculitis affects runners. Symptoms include numbness, burning, tingling sensations that radiate down the leg and may be accompanied with muscle weakness. You must get clearance to run from your physician to make sure you will not further worsen your symptoms if you run with radiculitis. If your doctor says it is okay for you to run, use certain technique to get the most benefit from your workout.
How to Run with Radiculitis
Perform regular exercises learned in physical therapy to help treat and prevent worsening of your radiculitis. According to MayoClinic.com, physical therapy can help to correct your posture and strengthen back muscles to prevent an injury that may occur with running. Therefore, you must continue performing rehabilitation exercises at home to be able to run with radiculitis.
Take recommended medications to help reduce inflammation associated with your radiculitis to help you run effectively. If pain is poorly controlled, it may be difficult for you to run with radiculitis. Therefore, you should take prescribed pain medications to ease pain and make running more comfortable.
Ease into a running program to prevent worsening radiculitis. You should start with a few minutes of walking to warm up and to see if you can tolerate discomfort that may be associated with your radiculitis. If comfortable, advance your pace to a jog. Continue jogging for a few minutes to see if you are experiencing discomfort. If not, advance to a running pace as tolerated. Continue running as long as you do not experience severe symptoms of leg weakness. If you do begin to have problems, slow your pace to a jog or walk until symptoms resolve. You may try advancing to a run again if you are not having pain.