Today's blog was written by Dr. Adam Morrell. Dr. Morrell has successfully treated many patients with running-related aches and pains. Here he provides three useful tips to get you back on track and avoid some of the most common running injuries.
If you are a runner, you have likely experienced pain or a strain injury in the feet, shins, knees, hips or back.  There’s always a small risk you'll experience an injury or pain when running. Luckily, many running injuries are completely avoidable.  Follow these three steps below to run with minimal to no real pain.

Thoracic outlet syndrome, also known as TOS, is a painful condition that can cripple your arm’s dexterity. Fortunately, there are some methods you can try at home to minimize your TOS symptoms. By improving your posture, staying active, and strengthening your muscles, you can help keep your body pain-free for now and prevent TOS from interrupting your activities in the future.

For many of us, the decision to go work out is a constant battle of willpower, even if we did set a New Year’s resolution back in January. Boredom and fatigue are two big reasons people start to slack off from their weekly gym sessions. Without variety, it’s easy to become bogged down by the tedium of exercise. As our eyes glaze over, we are immediately drawn to the comforts of the familiar: staying home, in bed, watching TV, doing literally anything other than running another mile on this treadmill. Fortunately, working out doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, there are many ways to find joy in exercise!

Imagine you’re the guard in your high school soccer team. The teams are tied and you’re the last one standing between their attacker and your goalie. You manage to kick the ball away from the offense, then suddenly feel a *pop* in your inner thigh. Something doesn’t feel right. You start stumbling, and then the pain hits. This pain could feel mild, like a dull ache and slight weakness in your leg as you regain your balance; it could be severe enough to leave you immobile as you’re carried back to the bench by your teammates. If you’ve ever had a groin pull before, you may recognize the issue right away. However, this injury isn’t exclusive to soccer players. A tear or rupture appearing in your groin muscles can disrupt your activities and diminish leg strength.