Those who enjoy running for exercise need to aware of what their body is trying to tell them at all times. Listening to your body will tell you when you need to back off or rest because of overuse of certain muscles, ligaments, tendons and even bones. There are certain injuries that are common to runners, many of which can be treated by one of our physical therapists.
The one thing that most every one of these injuries has in common is that proper physical therapy can reduce pain and decrease chances of further injury. In some cases physical therapy alone can decrease the inflammation and strengthen the runner so that they can get back to their typical routine without ever having invasive surgery. Various treatment interventions such as icing the area, daily stretching, strengthening exercises, kinesio taping and other techniques can be utilized. In some cases you will have to decrease or stop running all together until your body heals fully. Some conditions and injuries may require surgery; however, physical therapy can also help in a speedier recovery from surgery and help lessen the pain. It is important that you pay close attention to your body and listen to what it is telling you. Aches, pains, and swelling are all signs of overuse or injury and should be addressed immediately.
Live Your Life Physical Therapy not only has physical therapists who utilize evidence-based treatment interventions but, we also have therapists who are runners themselves. Because we understand what you’re going through as a runner who wants to get back to your daily routine we know what you need and how to create an individualized program to get you moving again. We want you to Live Your Life RUNNING PAIN FREE! Call us today so we can come to you and evaluate your needs. Once we’ve fully assessed your particular needs we can put together a customized program to get you on the mend and up and running.
Dedicated to Keeping You Healthy & Active,
Dr. Eva Norman
President & Founder
Doctor of Physical Therapy
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 Runner’s World Magazine – “The Big 7 Body Break Downs” by Christie Aschwanden, 2/3/11