Up to 80 percent of the US population will experience back pain at some point during their lives. Most often, the problem is mechanical in nature:1 the result of poor posture, repetitive movements, or incorrect lifting, for instance (as opposed to resulting from injury, infection, or serious diseases, like cancer).
The experience of back pain can be very complex many back problems are difficult to diagnose and typically involve a wide variety of treatment options with various risks and benefits. And, it doesn’t help that many myths and misconceptions about back pain and back problems persist.
As a runner, you’re susceptible to a number of injuries and strains, especially in the legs. A calf strain can be the result of a variety of conditions, from mild stretching and pain to a partial tear or a torn muscle, notes Running Times magazine.