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.
Listen in to this video now to find out how SPARK Physical Therapy can:
🥇 Find the root cause of your problem and properly diagnose (don’t need to go to an orthopedic surgeon)
🥈 Fix and get rid of your pain!
🥉 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 🏃🏻🏃🏻♀️
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
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!
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!
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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Working with Duane has been a game-changer for my running. I’ve been in an endless cycle of injuries for the past five years and needed to make a change.
I connected with Duane through his Healthy Runner Facebook group, and then we began our virtual physical therapy visits. Virtual sessions work great for me because I’m constantly traveling and can access care wherever I reside. Even though I’m not in the clinic, I still receive the same quality of experience!
The best part is Duane is a physical therapist, runner, and coach, so he understands how important running is for our physical, mental, and emotional well-being! If you want to become a stronger, healthier, and faster runner, look no further!
In April, I was diagnosed with proximal hamstring tendinopathy, or PHT. If you haven’t heard of it or experienced it, let me tell you…it’s a real pain in the BUTT! Not only did it derail my training (I’m a runner/cyclist), simply sitting for more than 10 minutes at a time was unbearable. There’s very little research out there on this injury and finding credible information on how to effectively treat was difficult. The initial advice I got from my ortho was to stop running, rest, and stretch. This did absolutely nothing to improve my symptoms or help me get back to running. In fact, stretching made it worse! I also tried massage, dry needling, shockwave therapy…nada. In September, I stumbled on a podcast with Duane where he spoke in depth about his own experience with PHT and how he beat it, and how he helped others overcome this stubborn injury. I was also intrigued by his philosophy of not having to give up the sport you love while recovering from injury. I contacted Duane for a consult and have been working with him since October. After assessing and reaffirming my diagnosis, he put together a customized, structured rehab program focused on progressive loading of the hamstring tendon and supporting muscles WITHOUT giving up running! Gradually, my pain began to lessen and my strength has continued to increase. I am now running four days a week and am closer than at any point in the past 8 months to putting this injury in the rearview mirror for good. I’m looking forward to getting back to structured training and racing again in 2021…an unimaginable goal two months ago. Duane is awesome! His techniques and approach to injury rehab and prevention work. If you’re an athlete who has struggled with injuries that constantly disrupt your training, Duane is your guy!
“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!”