Have you Been Told To Stop Running?
In today’s article we’re going to talk about something that we hear all too common. If you’re a runner and you’re going to other medical professionals, no matter who it is, whether it’s a physical therapist, chiropractor, orthopaedic surgeon – we’ve heard this story a lot. We’ve heard a lot from the runners we see that the other medical professionals they’re seeing are telling them to just stop running. Runners are being told because of your hamstring pain, stop running. Because of your Achilles pain, stop running. Because of your knee pain, stop running.
If you are more of the visual and auditory learner just click the YouTube video below outlining everything that is in this article!
Hearing this type advice from the medical community can be contrary to what you actually want to do as a runner! The benefits of running far outweigh the negatives! However, there are a few things you need to do to continue running in the healthiest and best way for you!
The MOST IMPORTANT thing you need to do is get down to the root cause of why you have pain to begin with!
Generally, there are underlying issues as to why you have the pain and the other medical practitioners aren’t looking into them. They’re only treating the source, telling you take ibuprofen, giving you a cortisone injection and rest. However, if you just rest and then get back to running – of course your symptoms are going to come back! You never got down to the root cause of the problem!
There are easy, treatable problems and exercises you can do to help benefit you and treat your pain!
Recently, we were able to interact with a 70 year old man who is golfing 3 to 4 times a week, running 5ks on Sundays, participating in CrossFit and staying ACTIVE! Upon first glance, it’s completely noticeable that he doesn’t have good posture. Many health care practitioners would probably say that he’s just asking for pain or risking breaking his spine by being so active at what many would consider a delicate age. However, he is killing it! He’s so active and he’s put on 10 to 15 lbs of muscle since starting CrossFit and strengthening! These are the stories we love because it shows that it is possible to be active and be strong without pain at any point in your life! You are able to meet your goals of whether it’s weight goals, training goals or mental goals!
Don’t let injuries hold you back and don’t be okay with being told that your body is NOT made for running! Address the areas, strengthen the surrounding musculature and you can do anything! There is a way for you to remain active, for you to RUN and continue doing what you love. You need to find a program that works for you. Whether it’s a flexibility program or a strengthening program – you’ll find what works for you and be back to doing what you love in no time.
You will find many of these principles in my 5 Tips For Healthy Running!
Check out all 5 of my healthy running tips in this previously posted blog article by clicking THIS LINK
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Are you a runner that is trying to stay healthy but can’t train because pain is stopping you from meeting your goals?
Are you worried that an injury will limit you from doing what you love like working out and training?
Have you wondered what it will cost you in the long run if you continue to train through pain?
Have you seen other medical providers in the past that just tell you to stop your activity?
We have a unique treatment approach that focuses on solving these problems with our clients. We combine manual hands-on techniques with guided supervised exercises to help you get stronger, pain-free and perform at your peak level to get you back on the road doing what you love. Our goal is to help keep you active and on the road, while recovering from injury by guiding you in ways to modify your training, rather than eliminating running!
The SPARK Physical Therapy Commitment
No long waits or multiple trips to providers’ offices every week. We see you either onsite at a partnering gym or in the comfort of your home when it is convenient with your schedule.
One on one for a full hour with your doctor of physical therapy, every visit. We provide you with a customized plan specifically designed for you, based off your unique injury and goals.
Full transparency in what you pay. You will never get a bill from us a couple of months after your visit.
Access and availability to you! Have a question about your pain or exercise program? Get an answer from your therapist directly.
If you’re in the greater Hamden, CT area and are a runner that has been dealing with injuries we can help. We’d love to chat for a few minutes and see if you are a good fit for what we do. Fill in this CONTACT REQUEST LINK and we’ll set up a free-minute phone consultation with a doctor of physical therapy
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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Have you Been Told To Stop Running? In today’s article we’re going to talk about something that we hear all too common. If you’re a runner and you’re going to other medical professionals, no matter who it is, whether it’s a physical therapist, chiropractor, orthopaedic surgeon – we’ve heard this story a lot…. View ArticleRead More
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!”