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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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SPARK Physical Therapy was instrumental in my recovery of from achilles tendinitis. I visited a podiatrist who said I would need surgery to shave down a bone spur and Haglund’s Deformity. The recovery would be at least 8 weeks and at the time I was 24 weeks from running the NYC Marathon. Duane evaluated me and said I needed to work on my calf muscle and flexibility. We started treatment with dry needling and specific exercises that I could do on my own. The pain subsided and even after some long runs everything was starting to feel better. I will tell you that I ran and finished the NYC Marathon without pain or issues from my achilles. Had I not met Duane about a week after my podiatrist appointment I would have needed to defer my marathon and probably would still be recovering from the surgery. I was able to run through my injury safely and achieve my goal. The refreshing thing about SPARK Physical Therapy is they do not push for ton of session. I met my running goals in 10 sessions spread out over 3-4 months. Big Thank you to Duane and I highly recommend seeing him for any running injury you may have!

 

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