Running Rehab

Running injuries can be very complex especially as mileage increases due to the repetitive nature of running. Most runners feel that pain is a normal part of running , which leads them to run through their pain. Several l factors have been identified to help understand the root cause of running injuries and how to best treat and prevent reoccurrence.

The Reality: At least 65-75% of all runners are sidelined by an injury at some point in time.
Overuse injuries are more common than traumatic. Many factors include:

  • Asymmetry
  • Increase in mileage, too much, too fast
  • Excessive, prolonged or inadequate pronation
  • Flexibility
  • Poor form/cadence
  • Previous injury
  • Competitive training motive
  • Running experience
  • Poor dynamic limb alignment

Evidence Based Risk Factors

  • No prior experience = 2.5-3x more likely to be injured
  • Novice runners more likely to quit following an injury
  • Increasing mileage or intensity to rapidly, >10% per week
  • Exceeding 10 miles/week, 3x more likely
  • Incomplete recovery or pre-existing issue
  • Poor single limb alignment and strength
  • Running forces are 3x greater than walking (Therefore biomechanical alignment factors take on 3 times as much significance)

Running Assessments will consist of the following components:

  • Thorough review of your medical and running history including past injuries, surgeries and
    medications.
  • Musculoskeletal Assessment: This will include a static and dynamic postural assessment. Core
    strength as well as strength and flexibility of upper and lower extremity will help determine areas of breakdown.
  • Biomechanical Video Analysis: This allows for the review of your biomechanical positions during running gait cycle from multiple viewpoints.
  • Customized Strengthening and Flexibility Program: Your program will include a customized
    strength and stretching program specific to your body based on your running exam.
  • You will be instructed on proper post-race stretching and treatment to enhance recovery