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3 Steps To Overcome Age Related Aches and Pains

Runners! Do You Have Nagging Injuries?  Do you wake up every morning with an achy pain on the bottom of your foot when you get up to go brush your teeth?  Or are you a runner who has been feeling knee cap pain during your runs, going up and down stairs, and when you squat?  In this blog post, I will share my 3 simple step strategy to overcoming these “age related” aches and pains.
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Listen in to this video now to find out how SPARK Physical Therapy can:
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🥇 Find the root cause of your problem and properly diagnose (don’t need to go to an orthopedic surgeon)
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🥈 Fix and get rid of your pain!
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🥉 Guide you to becoming stronger, healthier, and having a more resilient body so there is less likely a chance of this occurring again in the future so you can stay at your peak performance 🏃🏻🏃🏻‍♀️

 

 

 

The first thing that you need to do is find the root cause of your pain!

 

Not only do you need to receive a diagnosis but you need to find out what the root cause of that problem is to begin with. In order to start working on making your pain better, you have to be aware of what the root cause is. I get this question a lot regarding pain – should I go see an orthopedic specialist? The answer is No. You do not need to go see an orthopedic specialist if you’re just having some pain that isn’t due to a traumatic incident where you think you may have fractured a bone. A Physical Therapist is able to evaluate and diagnosis your musculoskeletal pain as well as start treating you and getting you better on day 1! You don’t need a referral or go see a doctor first before seeing a physical therapist.

 

 

Here is a video outlining what to expect on your first physical therapy visit with SPARK Physical Therapy

 

 

The second thing you want to do is fix and get rid of your pain!

 

In order to do this we’re going to do manual therapy hands on work to get you moving and on your way to feeling better. Whether it’s a manipulation technique, a soft tissue technique, or a mobilization technique – there are so many different options for us to do to get you moving better which is going to make you feel better!

 

IASTM Soft Tissue Work To the Calf Muscle

 

The third step is guiding you in becoming stronger and healthier!

 

Having a more resilient body so that there is less of a likelihood of this pain returning in the future as you start getting into the gym, as you start running again, as you start training again. This is KEY is returning you to your craft. In two patients I worked with this week, they were diagnosed with tendonitis and told to stay out of the gym to allow it to calm down and were told they would feel better. Did the pain go away? Yes. Did it come back when they returned to their active training? Yes! This is because they never got down to the root of the problem and worked towards making sure it wouldn’t come back!

 

Strengthening Exercise To Make Your Body More Resilient

 

Those are the three steps that are KEY to over coming these age related aches and pains. I hear it all too often, so many people in the 40 and 50 age group saying, “Oh I’m too old, I can’t run” or “Oh I’m too old, I shouldn’t be going to the gym.” That is not true! You CAN be active and healthy! You just have to have a plan which we’ve outlined here!

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Remember friends, you have to get down to the root of the problem and then work towards fixing the problem! Fixing your pain, fixing your limitations and then putting you on a plan towards being the strongest and healthiest you can be is the best thing that you can do to combat the age related aches and pains.

 

If you feel like this is something that SPARK Physical Therapy can help you with – Click This LINK and see if you’ll be a good fit with us to get down to the root of your problem!

Until next time!

 

Thank you for taking the time to read,

 

– Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS

 

A special thanks goes out to Allie Eldridge, SPT for her contributions to this article

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“I developed IT band syndrome during my first marathon training cycle last year and ended up in physical therapy for about 3 months. I was told not to run if I had any pain at all. I lost so much time “recovering” that I ended up deferring my registration to the next year. I spent the next summer training for the same marathon when about 6 weeks out, that familiar IT band pain returned. I could barely finish a mile. I didn’t want to go back to my physical therapist because I knew what he was going to tell me. Stop running. I was so frustrated and started to feel like marathons weren’t for me. I stumbled upon the healthy runner podcast and learned that I don’t have to stop running in order to recover from injury! I was skeptical about an online physical therapy session. But I reached out to Dr. Scotti and he was able to give me the tools to mitigate my pain within the first session! I was able to complete my training cycle and made it to the finish line of my first marathon with his help! I highly recommend!”

Kendyl R. (Runner)

“I’d been dealing with Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy (PHT) for about 4 years and had been doing PT, but still had lingering pains. I just figured I’d have to suck it up and deal with it because that was as good as I was going to get. But then, I came across a podcast of Duane being interviewed by Jason Fitzgerald on PHT and how he overcame the injury, and my curiosity was piqued. I met with him virtually and he has been a GODSEND! I’m able to sit as I type this! I can bend over and get in and out of cars without pain! And, I’m RUNNING again!!! It is amazing to be able to do things that I haven’t been able to do without pain since 2016!!! Thank you so much Duane for being an incredible PT!!”

Michelle D. (Runner)

“I suffered from IT band syndrome for four years before seeing Dr. Scotti in April 2020. Before then, I couldn’t run more than about 10 minutes without stabbing pain near my left knee. I’d seen various orthopedists, physical therapists, and chiropractors looking for some relief. My career needed me to run a mile and a half within a certain amount of time, and it was impossible to do so with the knee pain. I saw Dr. Scotti and he immediately got to work! That first visit, he helped me understand the anatomy and underlying cause of my knee pain (aka IT Band syndrome). Once I understood what was happening, the course of treatment made so much sense. Not only did he have online videos of all the recommended exercises to treat the problem, his “healthy runner” Facebook group, Podcast, and YouTube videos held a wealth of information and supplemented my plan. I soon understood that running wasn’t just a casual hobby – it’s a sport and one that deserves dedication and focus. Without his dedication to the sport and his community, I wouldn’t have realized this! Over the next few months, I had many ups and downs – victories and failures – and even some tears! Two steps forward and one step back. Dr. Scotti always checked in between appointments and tweaked my plan if needed. By August, I was regularly running 3-4 miles with barely any pain! If I did get pain, it was because my dedication and focus were lacking – and I quickly picked it back up and overcame. I’m so thankful I took another chance at having my knee looked at and trusted someone else. I run regularly now and am really enjoying it. I can’t thank Dr. Scotti enough and would highly recommend him to anyone having trouble.”

Tracy G. (Runner)

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