I care a lot about my running community, I understand the freedom and clarity that comes with a quiet trail run through the woods, as Christopher McDougal stated in his book I know we were born to run, but I try to stay as objective as possible when I look at life and human behavior.
Knee pain is likely the most common complaint among runners. In fact growing up and as I got more into running I always heard that running would caused advanced arthritis in the knees like it was a fact of life. This simply is not true.
I have mentioned in previous posts that MRI findings are not all that they are cracked up to be with aches and pains. You have people who have the same findings on MRI one with a lot of pain, one with no pain. The one who has a lot of pain can figure out how to move differently and their pain goes away, but the MRI finding will likely be the same (at least in the short term). My biggest problem is that the medical field perpetuates this behavior by electing surgery on these findings that may or may not be creating pain.
One thing I hear that frustrates me is peoples lack of willingness to rest. Maybe it is so strange to me because sleep is literally euphoric for me, like a high that I have not gotten from anything else that has no crash, it only adds to my energy and health. There is so much information about sleep out there and if your are not the part of the 5-10% of society that is genetically wired to survive with less sleep you are opening the door to dementia, performance decline, and hormone imbalances if you are not getting enough sleep.
James is dedicated to helping the Portland area decrease pain and improve performance. He believes education is an important factor in solving your problems.