Back pain and neck pain can take all the pleasure out of a good run. Enjoying your special time becomes impossible. Every step sends a nagging jolt into the neck, back, or between the shoulder blades. As the miles drag by, you keep checking your watch to see how much longer you have to be finished with your workout. It’s no fun at all. Whether you are a jogger, a weekend warrior, or an elite athelete, you are especially prone to injury because of the unique stresses of running on the body. Sometimes you are able to help yourself with injuries, sometimes you need professional help. So, how do you know when to self-treat and when it’s time to go to the doctor? Here are 3 suggestions to follow before seeking professional help.