Running Injuries, How to prevent, restore and return to running

Are you a runner who’s been sidelined by an injury?

You’re not alone. Injuries are common among runners, but there is no need to give up on your running goals. There are many ways to prevent and treat running injuries, and we can help you get back on track.

Physical Therapy for Running Injury, Boulder

Like any other sport, running comes with the risk of injury.

The most common injuries involve the knees, ankles, and feet, but runners can also experience pain in the hips, back, and shoulders.

While some injuries are inevitable, there are several things that runners can do to minimize their risk. First, it’s important to warm up before running and to cool down afterward. This helps to gradually increase and decrease the heart rate and prepares the muscles for activity.

Second, runners should pay attention to their form. Proper form helps to prevent excessive stress on the joints and muscles and can help to improve efficiency.

Finally, runners should cross-train and include strength-training exercises in their routines. This helps to build balanced muscles and reduces the risk of overuse injuries.

If an injury does occur, it’s important to seek medical attention and follow the advice of a healthcare professional. With proper treatment, most runners can make a full recovery and return to their previous level of activity.

Coming back from an injury can be a long and difficult process.

It is important to follow the recommendation of a medical professional in order to ensure a full and speedy recovery.

For runners, there are several key things to keep in mind when returning to the sport after an injury.

Firstly, it is important to ease back into running gradually. Starting with short distances and gradually increasing mileage will help reduce the risk of further injury.

Secondly, therapy and stretching are essential in order to restore range of motion and prevent stiffness. Finally, strengthening exercises are important in order to protect the joints and support the muscles. By following these simple tips, runners can safely return to the sport they love.

Have you heard the rumors that running or squatting is bad for your knees?

As a runner and avid gym-goer, I’ve heard the rumors that running or squatting is bad for your knees. After doing some research, I found that there is Some truth to this: if you have a pre-existing knee injury, running or squatting can exacerbate the condition.

Recent research has called this claim into question. Turns out that squatting can actually help to strengthen the muscles and connective tissues around the knee, making it less susceptible to injury. In fact, many physical therapists now recommend incorporating squats into a knee injury prevention routine.

However, if you don’t have an injury, these activities can actually help to strengthen the muscles and ligaments around your knee joint, reducing your risk of developing a problem in the future. 

In fact, many physical therapists recommend running or squatting as part of rehabilitative therapy for patients with knee injuries.

So, if you’re healthy and looking to reduce your risk of knee problems down the road, don’t be afraid to lace up your shoes or hit the weights. Just be sure to listen to your body and take breaks when you need to.

Do you have Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints, Knee or Hip Pain?

Has your rehab or Physical Therapy only focused on the area of pain and not how your entire body is reacting to the ground?

If you’re suffering from any sort of overuse injury, you know how frustrating it can be. You’ve likely seen a variety of different specialists, and tried all sorts of therapy, but the pain just won’t go away. The problem may not be with the area that’s painful, but with how your entire body is interacting with the ground. Ground Reaction Force (GRF) is the force that your body exerts on the ground, and it plays a huge role in how your body moves. If GRF is out of balance, it can lead to a whole host of problems, from Achilles tendonitis to shin splints. Fortunately, there are exercises that can help to correct GRF imbalances and relieve pain.

Try this simple test, an inline kneel. Line up your front foot, directly “inline” with your back knee. Try to hold this for 30 seconds.

Can you hold it? are you wobbling all over?

If you are not steady in the position, you are running on that instability! Runners’ legs afford them so much stability, your legs may be overcompensating for a lack of stability or strength in your hips, lumbar or thoracic spine. Your issue may be the opposite a lack of mobility in your hips, thoracic spine, or even your shoulders!

A movement screen can be a very effective way to discern where the issue is occurring.

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Inline Kneel For Running Injury, Boulder, CO

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