Specialized treatment for running injuries
Dignity Health Physical Therapy’s team of clinical specialists are trained to help runners prevent injury and improve performance by identifying certain movement patterns that put you at risk. Running injuries are often caused by muscle imbalances, weakness, poor body mechanics, improper footwear and/or overtraining.
Our licensed physical therapists are trained in running analysis and injury prevention to help you run safely, stay healthy and achieve new personal bests.
How physical therapy can help reduce injuries and improve performance
There are more than 40 million runners in the United States.1 More than 45 percent of those athletes experience at least one overuse injury during training,2 with more than 90 percent of those injuries occurring in the toes, feet, ankles, lower and upper legs, knees and hips.3
The majority of all running injuries are non-contact (no traumatic impact, fall or collision) and largely preventable.4 Non-contact injuries typically result from poor biomechanics, decreased flexibility, strength and endurance and improper training techniques.
Common injuries, include:
- Runner’s knee
- Achilles tendinitis
- Hamstring issues
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome
- Stress fractures
Our expert team of licensed physical therapists will work closely with you on improving your movement patterns to avoid running injuries and meet your goals.
What to expect
At Dignity Health, our expert team will work closely with you to improve movement patterns that help avoid running injuries and meet your goals. A comprehensive, one-on-one examination of your gait will identify fundamental and functional movement patterns and the deficits of those patterns, whether it’s mobility or stability, strength or flexibility.
Based on the examination’s results, your physical therapist will develop a customized program specific to your needs and goals to:
- Build strength
- Improve stability
- Restore flexibility
- Decrease pain
- Reduce irritation
- Expand mobility
Your therapist will also discuss your foot alignment and make shoe recommendations.
At Dignity Health Physical Therapy, we want to ensure you cross the finish line and are performing at your maximum potential. Let us help you do that by avoiding running injuries.
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- McKean K, Manson N, Stanish W. Musculoskeletal injury in masters runners. Clin J Sports Med. 16:149-154. 2006.
- Cipriani D, Swartz J, Hodgson C. Triatholon and the multisport athlete. J Orth Sport Phys Ther. 27:42-50. 1998
- Hauret K, Bedno S, Loringer K, Kao T, Mallon T, Jones B. Epidemiology of exercise and sports related injuries in a population of young, physically active adults. Am J Sport Med. 43:2645-2653. 2015.