Running is a basic human activity enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Some people start running as a toddler and never stop running for the rest of their lives. It may seem simple enough to do, but running can lead to serious injuries. Quite often, problems occur because of lack of stretching, insufficient rest between runs, and sudden changes in distance and pace. U.S. News writer Elena Sonnino details what it takes for a runner to return from an injury:

Recovering from a running injury often takes as much mental stamina as it does physical strength. The idea of not being able to lace up your shoes and go for a run can feel like a death sentence to a hardcore runner, but the reality is that for some injuries, stopping running altogether is the first step in the recovery process.

Physical therapy is a common treatment for running injuries that impact the feet, knees, hamstrings, groin or adductor muscles and hips.

How physical therapy can help

To treat an injured runner, a physical therapist in a Cupertino urgent care center will first conduct a physical evaluation and ask questions about the runner’s habits, routine, techniques, and equipment. Sometimes, simply by observing an injured runner’s gait, the therapist can already pinpoint the source of a problem. Depending on the degree of the injury, the therapist may recommend that the runner modify his running habits or take a break from the activity completely.

Significance of the initial evaluation

The physical evaluation and interview are the initial tools a therapist uses to determine the source of the problem and formulate the most effective treatment method for the patient. A good physical therapist knows that the successful treatment of any injury is dependent upon the correct identification of the reason for the dysfunction. He does this through the proper application of academics, evidence, and clinical/practical experience.

Treatments

The specific treatments a physical therapist may use for a running injury include RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation), stretching, strengthening, or electrical stimulation. Sometimes, the therapist implements manual movement of the joint and soft-tissue structures to overcome restrictions. He may also use ultrasound to address inflammation, facilitate circulation, or break up scar tissue.

For running injuries, talk to a physical therapist in a Cupertino urgent care center like U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group.

(Article Excerpt and Image from “Physical Therapy for Running Injuries”, U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 7, 2013)

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