Treating running injuries with physical therapy


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Physical therapy is an effective method to treat different types of running or sports related injuries.

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Treating running injuries with physical therapy

  1. 1.                                                              1­718­769­2521 Treating Running Injuries with Physical Therapy Physical therapy is an effective method to treat different types of running or sports related injuries. Running is considered as one of the most effective ways to maintain physical health, but this high physically demanding activity that can cause injuries and pain as well. Fortunately, physical therapy is ideal to treat many kinds of injuries caused by running. Common Running Injuries that Physical Therapy Can Address Running helps reduce body fat by burning extra calories, strengthens the knees and other joints, improves lungs function, and stimulates the muscles and heart to work more efficiently. Physical therapy programs can help address the following types of running injuries: • Patellofemoral Stress Syndrome (PFSS) – PFSS or runners’ knee occurs when the cartilage on the inner surface of the kneecap frequently rubs against the                                                              1­718­769­2521
  2. 2.                                                              1­718­769­2521 inner knee joint and thigh bone. Pain is felt in the back of the knee cap. • Piriformis Syndrome – The piriformis is a muscle situated in the gluteal region. Common symptoms of piriformis syndrome include soreness on the buttocks and thighs. • Ankle Sprain – This injury is caused when one of the three ligaments supporting the ankle gets stretched or torn. • Shin Splints - This results in pain along the tibia or shin bone, the large bone in the front of the lower leg. • Plantar Fasciitis – Also called “joggers feet”, this injury causes pain in the arch of the foot due to tight calf muscles or impaired foot motion while running. • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) – This type of injury occurs when too much friction is exerted on the iliotibial band, a ligament running along the outside of the thigh and stabilizing the knee. Symptoms include thickening of the tissue and inflammation. • Bursitis – Runners often get hip or knee bursitis due to the inflammation of a bursa, a small sac of synovial fluid between the hip and the tendon. It can cause swelling, redness and pain. Some of the common causes of running injuries include running while wearing the wrong size or type of shoes,                                                              1­718­769­2521
  3. 3.                                                              1­718­769­2521 immediate modification in running speed, inadequate stretching, quick modification in running speed, and so on. Complete recovery from a serious running injury requires considerable physical and mental strength. How Physical Therapy Helps At a comprehensive healthcare center, physical therapy services for running injuries would cover a variety of exercises as well as possible pain management protocols. While treating an injured runner, the physical therapist begins by conducting a detailed physical evaluation and assessment of the type of injury. Questions may be asked about the patient’s running habits, routine, equipment and techniques so that suitable modifications can be suggested. Gait analysis is performed to identify problems that can be addressed through a change in running habits. Physical therapy treatment may include: • Exercises to stretch and strengthen the hamstring, quadriceps, hip muscles and feet • Heat and ice applications for pain and inflammation • Soft tissue massage to treat pain • Manual treatment techniques to address restrictions of joint structures and soft tissue • Ultrasound                                                              1­718­769­2521
  4. 4.                                                              1­718­769­2521 • Bracing • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) • Pain management sessions The patient may be advised to refrain from running for some time or to modify the running program. The physical therapist would also provide advice to prevent recurrence, including before and after running workouts to help the body adapt to the demands of running. Posted by HealthQuest                                                              1­718­769­2521