Prevent Common Running Injuries With Physiotherapy

Prevent Common Running Injuries With Physiotherapy

Prevent Common Running Injuries With Physiotherapy

Are you tired of your knee, foot, or ankle injury detracting from your enjoyment of your runs? Is your injury so severe that you can no longer run at all?

Our physiotherapists at MSK Health and Performance Clinics understand the importance of running for your mental and physical health. Our team employs cutting-edge treatment techniques to ensure results and keep future episodes at bay!

MSK Health and Performance Clinics physiotherapists are highly skilled clinicians who understand the physical demands of running. When you come to us for rehabilitation, you can be confident that you will recover faster.

Request an appointment with one of our physiotherapists to learn more about how we can assist you in getting back to running pain-free!

What are the most common runner’s injuries?

Running is an excellent way to get active, but unfortunately, it can sometimes be hard on the body. A few common examples of running-related injuries include:

Foot and ankle injuries

Foot and ankle injuries account for nearly one-third of running injuries. The severity of the injury depends on the severity of damage to the ligaments supporting the ankle. Often the ankle sprain is a minor injury, but proper rehabilitation is needed to prevent reoccurrence.

Improper or inadequate rehabilitation after an initial sprain increases reinjury chances. It is suggested that up to 70% of individuals who sustain a lateral ankle sprain may develop chronic instability, which makes them susceptible to future injuries.

While many factors can lead to an ankle sprain, specific steps are needed to resolve acute injuries and prevent reinjuries and chronic instability. Our physiotherapists are experts at resolving the injured area while addressing the factors contributing to reinjury or new injuries.

Runner’s knee

Runner’s knee is also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome and is the most common running-related injury/condition. It is often an overuse injury and affects as many as 30% of female runners and 25% of male runners.

For most runners, the knee pain starts from training errors, specifically overuse errors. For example, when runners attempt to increase their mileage or intensity too rapidly or too frequently, it results in breakdown and painful symptoms.

Shin splints

Shin splints are known in the medical community as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS). It is a common condition associated with starting a new exercise program or increasing an existing program. Runners, in particular, are particularly susceptible to MTSS, and it is considered one of the most common overuse injuries sustained by runners.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis accounts for up to 10 percent of all running injuries each year. It is common with all types of runners, elite and novice.

Plantar fasciitis is a disorder primarily affecting weight-bearing activities, and runners are particularly susceptible to developing this condition. Recent research has identified the most common underlying cause of plantar fasciitis as a loss of dorsiflexion range of motion.

How can physiotherapy prevent these injuries?

Our therapists are trained to help runners of all experience levels prevent injury. We have experience collaborating with runners to help them develop custom plans that work for them. If you’re a runner, your custom injury prevention plan may look something like this:

  • Education on proper running form
  • The incorporation of new cross training programs such as cycling or swimming into your routine.
  • Assistance in helping you choose the proper shoe, and fitting you with custom orthotics if necessary
  • Prescribing you the proper pre and post run stretches and exercises

If you have already sustained an injury from running, our team can help rehabilitate you. The initial stages of physiotherapy will focus on restoring any lost motion, reducing any swelling, and using all available treatments to alleviate any pain you may be experiencing.

Our program will also look for any changes in your gait pattern that may make it difficult for you to move around freely. Dysfunctional movement patterns can last for years and lead to reinjury and potentially other injuries.

Next, we will design a comprehensive program that includes restoring range of motion, strengthening, neuromuscular control, proprioceptive responses, and running-specific exercises. Our physiotherapists will show you therapeutic exercises to address any underlying issue, such as a weakness that may be contributing to altered movement patterns, balance issues, and overall susceptibility to more injuries.

Our goal is to give you the tools to recover from your injury and resume running pain-free!

Not ready to give up running? Contact MSK Health and Performance Clinics today!

At MSK Health and Performance Clinics, we don’t want anything to get in the way of your favorite activity. If you’re interested in a custom injury rehabilitation or prevention program, contact our clinic today to request an appointment. We’ll keep you running for years to come.

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