Jogging with spinal disc pain

If you experience frequent neck or back pain while jogging, you may be suffering from spinal disc pain from a damaged disc.

Jogging with pain in the neck or back is not recommended. While some muscle soreness can be expected while you train, especially if you are increasing your distance, pain from a spinal disc condition often has a constant dull pain with an occasional sharp pain during certain movements. In fact, this sharp pain can be a sign that the compression of your spine from jogging has caused a damaged disc to press against a nearby nerve, which could indicate a more serious spine injury than just regular muscle soreness.

If you suspect that your discomfort may be something more serious than routine muscle soreness, see your doctor right away.

Tips for healthy jogging

Although running and jogging is a high-impact activity, it is possible to make it a regular part of your fitness routine while maintaining your spine health. Maintaining overall health and fitness is critical, as is easing into the activity if you are just starting out. How you run is also key to preventing any potential injury, including those affecting the neck or back. Here are a few tips to help prevent spinal disc pain while running:

  • Wear proper footwear. Wear running shoes that are well padded and not worn out.
  • Practice proper posture. Relax the muscles in the back and shoulders and don’t try to hold yourself too upright.
  • Use proper running technique. Your natural momentum should carry you without having to push yourself forward to run.
  • Don’t bounce along. Too much spring in your stride places undue pressure on the discs in your lower back. Move over the ground, not into the ground.
  • Strengthen your core. Work to develop an exercise program focusing on the abdominal and back muscles to help support your spine.

Treatment for spinal disc pain

Patients diagnosed with a condition such as a bulging or herniated disc can often find relief from spinal disc pain through conservative methods of treatment prescribed by a doctor. These can include over-the-counter or prescription medications along with physical therapy, rest or massage. However, if chronic pain persists after several months of conservative treatment, surgery may be presented as an option.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery, a safer and effective surgery alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery.^ With our procedures, patients are able to recover quicker and have a lower risk of complications compared to traditional spine surgery.^

Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures can help you find relief from neck or back pain. We can help you receive a free MRI review* to help you find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.