Thank you for attending the live chat on How to Train and Prepare for Summer Running Races on Tuesday, June 9 with Emory Sports Medicine physician Amadeus Mason, MD. We had a great discussion, so thank you to all who participated and asked questions. From tips for preventing shin splints to advice on how to train for a 5K, we were thrilled with the number of people who were able to register and participate in the chat. (You can check out the transcript here).
The response was so great that we had a few questions we were not able to answer during the chat so we will answer them below for your reference.
Question: I have inflammation behind my knee. What can I do?
Dr. Mason: Inflammation behind the knee can be due to a number of knee conditions. Baker’s cyst are common and can be caused by injury to the knee, arthritis, damage to the cartilage of the knee, and other problems. Sprains (caused by overstretching and tearing of the stabilizing ligaments) can lead to swelling of the knee area as well.
Seek immediate medical attention if you are in serious pain, or are experiencing symptoms such as: paralysis, loss of sensation, absent pulses in the feet, the inability to move the knee joint, severe bleeding, chest pain, difficulty breathing, or uncontrollable pain.
Question: What is the best way to correct an IT band injury that has caused can imbalance and pain while running?
Dr. Mason: If treated appropriately with conservative treatment and resting of the affected area, IT Band Syndrome is usually curable within 6 weeks. If your injury was not appropriately treated, or not given adequate time to heal, the source of your current complications may be due to:
- Chronically inflamed tendon and bursa, causing persistent pain with activity that may progress to constant pain.
- Recurrence of symptoms if activity is resumed too soon through overuse, a direct blow, or poor training technique.
- Inability to complete training or competition.
Until you are able to seek an evaluation from a sports medicine physician, I would discontinue the activity (ies) that are causing you pain so you do not further damage the iliotibial band.
Question: I get cramps in my calf when I run but not when walking. Is there a remedy?
Dr. Mason: Cramps are a result of a few factors, but dehydration and improper warm-up are the most common causes.
To prevent muscle cramps, runners need to consume enough fluid before exercising. Some healthy tips are:
- Drink 16 to 20 ounces 45 minutes before training.
- Drink 2 to 4 ounces every 15 minutes during a training session.
- Before you begin your run, warm up with 5 to 10 minutes of low impact activity, like walking to warm up the muscles.
For more information about all our orthopedic and sports-related injuries, visit Emory Sports Medicine Center. Think you need to be evaluated by a sports medicine physician? To make an appointment with an Emory physician, please complete our online appointment request form or call 404-778-3350.