Therapydia physical therapists understand your passion for running and are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Our physical therapists are biomechanics and musculoskeletal experts and we work with every runner on a comprehensive run assessment designed to identify running mechanics that may predispose a runner to injury and to create a custom plan to address any altered mechanics. We also help runners who are experiencing pain from overuse of muscles gain by improving their strength and teaching them methods to prevent future injuries.
Improve Your Mile Times
During your run assessment, you will undergo a thorough exam of strength, flexibility, movement patterns and running form, combining current technology with other assessment techniques. Your run assessment will start with a video run analysis that will give us insight into your current gait and posture and will help us identify any areas that are at risk of injury. After reviewing findings with your physical therapist, you will receive a personalized assessment and plan. Whether you’re competitive athlete looking for the next endurance challenge, or brand new to the sport of running, our running assessment is customized for runners of all levels.
Recover From Running Injuries
Pavement, trails and treadmills all impact your joints. We’ve seen it all and below are common running injuries we’ve treated:
– Plantar Fasciitis
– Achilles Tendonitis
– Runner’s Knee
– Shin Splints
For runners looking to recover from their running injury, you will undergo a run assessment and range and motion examination for us to gather your current state. These will act as baselines of your recovery and by the end of your physical therapy treatment, we will assess the improvement is these functional areas.
Similar to life’s many potential paths, we will work with you to create a customized physical therapy plan that will incorporate multiple methods of treatments to find the combination that gets you back to the sport you love.
Your customized physical therapy for runner’s treatment plan may include the following methods:
- Manual physical therapy: This hands-on approach is the backbone of your running physical therapy treatment plan. With manual stretching, your physical therapist can help to mobilize stiffness in the ankle, foot and leg muscles and other connective tissues
- Cold / Hot therapy: Ice is used as part of a holistic treatment plan to help reduce swelling and inflammation, while heat helps to loosen your muscles, making it easier for your physical therapist to stretch.
- Strengthening exercises: Improve weakened muscles due to injury including specific exercises to hips, core and lower extremities as based upon examination findings. Our physical therapists are trained in Pilates, TRX and yoga which are great, low-impact wellness practices to incorporate in a injury recovery plan.
The biggest predictor of running injuries is a previous injury. By correcting your biomechanics and gait, we can help you lower your risk of a future running injury.
Call us at 813-374-9508 to learn more about our running services.