Are you worried that an injury will limit you from doing what you love like working out and running?
Have you wondered what it will cost you in the long run if you continue to run through pain?
Have you seen other medical providers in the past that just tell you to stop running?
Do you want to shave time off your next 5k or half marathon?
We have a unique treatment approach that focuses on solving these problems with our clients.
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!
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.
No long waits or multiple trips to providers’ offices every week. We see you 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.
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Have you wondered how to run faster? Are you curious about what you can change up in your training routine to run your fastest half marathon in years? This week I give you my top 10 tips on what to do as a runner to make your training and race preparation the best it can… View ArticleRead More
Hello Healthy Runners! This week is filled with some incredible content for you. We have a double dose jam packed inspiring episode here with not 1, but 2 guests to talk to you about a very important topic! I was fortunate enough to hear Nicole Ver Kuilen’s amazing journey and story first hand and… View ArticleRead More
Have you been frustrated in the past that you’ve taken up running or you started a new training cycle and you just get injured and must stop? In today’s blog & podcast episode, we’re going to be talking about how to strengthen your muscles to train, to run. Click the video below to… View ArticleRead More
Do you get lost in all of the exercise that is shared out there on social media? Do you know you should be doing exercises to make you a better runner, but you’re not sure what you should be doing? We’re here to answer those questions and give you the best exercises to do in… View ArticleRead More
Registration Have you been struggling to get the motivation to run consistently? Spark off your summer and get back your running fitness with this special race series! In the wake of COVID-19, SPARK Physical Therapy and Lift Your Sole are collaborating to coordinate a virtual race series to keep you motivated and running this… View ArticleRead More
Are you starting to walk, jog, or run because your gym is closed or your other hobbies and activities are shut down during COVID-19? Are you intimidated by other runners or worried you are too slow to be a runner? During this live interview with Catrina Aniballi, Duane and Cat answer some common questions and… View ArticleRead More
Have you been frustrated that you should be training in order to run, but you’re not sure what exactly you should be doing? We are here to answer your questions about jump training or what we call plyometric training! I’m going to sharing with you something I didn’t even get in PT school…. View ArticleRead More
Are you new to running during the coronavirus crisis or have you been running for years but are not sure if you are in the right shoe, how to properly care for you shoes, or even when you should replace them? I was lucky enough to bring on Matt Santillo, running shoe expert from Woodbridge… View ArticleRead More
Did you struggle to stay fit in April? Get your SPARK back as you rise up from this downturn! Dropped some serious fire last night on Monday Night SPARK Live! This video outlines the 3 benefits of having structured workouts. If you missed it above CLICK THIS LINK to take you to… View ArticleRead More
Hey there, Healthy Runners! Have you ever had a question regarding running that you just couldn’t find the answer to? Have you been curious if other runners have the same questions? In this week’s Healthy Runner Podcast, I cover a Live Q & A within our Healthy Runner Facebook Community! We went… View ArticleRead More
Do you get stiff and achy knees with running? Does your knee cap pain get worse when you go up and down stairs or when you try to do squats? Do you want to get back to running with no knee pain? We flip the roles for today’s episode. I was fortunate… View ArticleRead More
It is the dog days of summer and we are currently running through the hottest part of the year and we wanted to help you conquer running outside in the summer! Have you every thought to yourself …what temperature is too hot to run? Or do you want to know how to prepare to run… View ArticleRead More
Don’t Let Achilles Pain Let You Down At Your Next Race! In this article I will outline 3 simple steps that will allow you to stop achilles pain in it’s tracks before it even begins. These tips are based on years of experience working with runners who suffer from this condition and I want to arm you with the tools to prevent it in order for you to add those summer miles and hit your PR’s!Read More
Does adding yoga into your running make you a faster runner? Rachel Pelham Serafino is a yoga instructor at Running Asana, a new kind of yoga studio built by and for runners. In this episode, she dispels common misconceptions about yoga as well as breaks down the physical and mental benefits that you will see… View ArticleRead More
Have you been worried about your health or the health of your loved one’s during this whole COVID crisis we are going through? In this episode we are talking about how we cope with this new world we live in during COVID with our Special Guest, Irene Bosco who is a Clinical Social Worker Specialist… View ArticleRead More
Do you have pain in the back part of your upper thigh or near your butt right on your “sit bone”? Is this pain preventing you from running? In this article we’re going to discuss ways to stop this pain in its tracks to get you back on the road doing what you love as well as to prevent it from coming back!Read More
Are you a fair-weather runner? Are you wondering how to run in the winter? Is it bad for you to run in the cold? Are you wondering what to wear when running in the cold? In this episode, we learn about how to stay healthy and running through the winter and during COVID-19 with… View ArticleRead More
Are you a runner trying to stay healthy but can’t train because pain is stopping you from meeting your running goals? For me, there is no better feeling than starting my day off on the right foot hitting the pavement with a nice run. Running helps put me in the proper mindset to tackle the… View ArticleRead More
Does the heat and humidity prevent you from running? Do your race goals suffer if you have a hot weather day? In this article we’re going to be covering 7 tips to help beat the heat and actually go for your run even when the weather is hot and humid! In excessively hot weather,… View ArticleRead More
Do you have a plan when you head out the door to go for a run? Have you been wondering…how fast should I run? When I first started running 9 years ago, I would go outside and would just try to run as fast as possible. I thought “running is cardio and if I’m not… View ArticleRead More
Do you struggle with running at the same level you used to be able to do a couple of years ago? Do you have knee pain when you hit the pavement for your run? In this article we’re going to cover the 5 things you need to know about Iliotibial Band Syndrome! If you… View ArticleRead More
Have you been struggling to motivate yourself to prioritize nutrition during this stressful time of coronavirus? Are you wondering how to recreate structure or reestablish your mealtimes during your day while working from home? Personally, I know my discipline with nutrition took a back seat during this pandemic. In this article, you will learn actionable… View ArticleRead More
What Can I Help You With During These Uncertain Times…? Are you in need of some mental relief (like me) and are looking to get in some exercise during this time of social distancing? Are you a runner who wants to stay healthy now more than ever for the benefits of your immune system while… View ArticleRead More
What 3 tips did I learn during this past week of being home social distanced from my world? How did I stay active and fit and maintain my sanity?…😧 “I feel so out of control and with all the chaos going on in my house … how do I stay fit without going to the… View ArticleRead More
Is running bad for your knees? Will I get arthritis from running? Are you new to running or considering starting to run and you have had knee pain in the past, are you wondering if you can safely run even if you are not a “runner”? Or have you been running for years now and… View ArticleRead More
In this article we will be discussing the one test your doctor must order for you when you are in pain as well as what to expect during your first physical therapy appointment. You could be a runner, dancer, gymnast, or an aerial circus artist who is having pain in your knee, foot, or shoulder. … View ArticleRead More
What Happens When You Train For 13.1? Do You Have A 2020 Goal To Run A Half Marathon? 13.1 is within reach and we have the race for you! The Cheshire Half Marathon on April 26th! VERY EXCITED TO SHARE THIS NEWS… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ More than excited to be teaming up with Clay Tebbetts in… View ArticleRead More
Do you want to know how you can manage the busy life of being a mom and still find time for your health and your run? Do you have mom guilt when trying to fit in running with your busy schedule? As parents, finding time for ourselves can be a challenge. In this episode, LaToya… View ArticleRead More
Are you a runner who has had your spring race cancelled or delayed and you are struggling to get your running mojo back? In this episode we are talking about how to run and train safely during this COVID-19 crisis with our Special Guest, Steve Carmichael who is founder of Runbuzz Pacebuilders online run coaching… View ArticleRead More
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? … View ArticleRead More
Do you get that stubborn pain at the top of your hamstring right where it connects to your “sit bone” and you are wondering if it is ok to run with hamstring pain? This could be a dull achy pain that gets worse after your runs or sitting for a long period of time during… View ArticleRead More
Do you know what the best way to prepare for a half marathon is? Do you know what you should do before a 5k? This week’s Healthy Runner Podcast answers those questions for you! In episode 29, I had the pleasure of talking with running coach Cat Aniballi! She is so passionate about running… View ArticleRead More
Do you get tightness in your muscles or feel aches and pains during your running? Do you know you should be doing stretching exercises to make you a better runner but you are not sure what you should be doing…😩? We’re here to answer those questions and give you the best exercises to do in… View ArticleRead More
Hey There, Healthy Runners! Have you ever been to a medical professional for an injury and you are told to just stop running? Have you had to give up running because you were struggling with pain? Were you starting to think it is just “par for the course” that running will cause pain? … View ArticleRead More
Registration Have you been struggling to get the motivation to run consistently? Add a SPARK to your summer and get back your running fitness with this special virtual half marathon! In the wake of COVID-19, SPARK Physical Therapy and Lift Your Sole are collaborating to coordinate a virtual half marathon to keep you motivated… View ArticleRead More
Have you ever been on a run and wondered…why does the front of my leg hurt when I run? Were you thinking to yourself, should I run through shin pain? This can be common for new runners just starting out or can occur in experienced runners who are really stepping up their training with heavy… View ArticleRead More
Do you still need a kick start to getting your running fitness back? Have you been struggling to get your motivation back to be consistent for your runs? Would you like more energy, motivation and finally get rid of your aches & pains for those mental clearing runs? In this Healthy Runner Podcast episode, we… View ArticleRead More
Have you ever felt pain in your foot and wondered if you have a stress fracture? Do you want to know how to tell if you have a stress fracture? In this episode, I had the pleasure of talking with Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon, runner, and triathlete, Dr. Elizabeth Bondi, DPM from Northern Illinois Foot… View ArticleRead More
Did you just finish a marathon or half marathon? Are you wondering what to do after your race to speed up recovery? In this article, we are covering marathon and half marathon recovery tips! We are going to talk about what to do (and not do) after your marathon or half marathon! First… View ArticleRead More
Would you like to remain active, get stronger and heal from injuries without being told that you have to stop running? In this blog article, we will lay out the foundational principles that I like to call the “SPARK Blueprint”, which will bring your running to a new level as we head into the new… View ArticleRead More
Are you a parent who is feeling like you are juggling 3 jobs right now? Employee, mom, and teacher 24/7? Are you struggling to keep your children active right now?…😩 Are you wondering what the best practices are to motivate your children to stay active during this coronavirus isolation? I know this is going on… View ArticleRead More
Are you wondering…Is it safe to run in the morning when it’s dark? How do you run when it’s dark? How do you stay safe in the dark? If you are a 5pm or 5 am runner (like myself) and want to learn about lights for running in the dark…then you need to have… View ArticleRead More
Why do I keep getting injured running? Have you wondered this before or want to know how running injuries can be prevented? Do you think your body is just not made for running? These are the struggles and frustrations I hear often for those looking to seek a healthier lifestyle. I even thought this myself… View ArticleRead More
Runners! Have you ever experienced foot pain? Are you frustrated that you are receiving poor advice about your foot pain and your foot pain is not going away? I know I’ve been there. I was ignored and wasn’t taken seriously. I was told I shouldn’t be a runner! Well, that resulted in a total of… View ArticleRead More
Are you new to running and you just go out there as hard as you can each and every run? Are you someone who always gets injured every time you try to train for a race? I know I have been there before running 49 road races and 21 half marathons to date. In this… View ArticleRead More
Have you ever bonked on a race? Do you want to know how to avoid GI problems with running? Do you want to know what causes fatigue with running? Would you like more energy for your runs? Well… UCAN have energy for running and you don’t have to bonk during your next… View ArticleRead More
Do you get stubborn pain on the outside of your knee with running especially going up hills? This could be sharp at times and may even cause you to walk during your run. Have you thought… will IT band syndrome ever go away? Have you tried rest, ice, and stopping running but every time you… View ArticleRead More
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
Do you want to know how to fuel and hydrate properly before you run your first virtual half marathon? Have you struggled with hitting the wall during your previous races? I know I have! My legs locked up during my first and only full marathon in Hartford. I wish I knew how to stay hydrated… View ArticleRead More
I am taking this COVID-19 social distancing and quarantine situation as a way to take lemons and make a little lemonade! I want this to be an opportunity to serve even more of you! To help you STAY ACTIVE, STAY HEALTHY and improve your immunity (and mental sanity) during this crisis together! Click THIS LINK… View ArticleRead More
Do you get that stubborn pain in the bottom of your foot especially when you take that first step out of bed in the morning? Are you wondering, why do my feet hurt when I run? Like so many of you, I have suffered from plantar fasciitis with running and thought to myself…can I run… View ArticleRead More
Have you ever wondered what you should do if you have pain during or after a run? This is a topic we hear about often. Have you ever been in a situation where you’re running and feeling pain and wondering, is this real pain or is this normal soreness? Are you icing after every single… View ArticleRead More
Are you struggling to start running or staying consistent with your training? Has life thrown you a couple of curve balls? Have you had moments where you thought to yourself, “I can’t change…” or “this is too hard for me…”. You’re not alone in feeling challenged by whatever you’re facing or have faced in… View ArticleRead More
Have you ever thought what it would be like to run across the country? Do you like to hear about amazing running stories? This week we have someone with an amazing running story who is doing just that… Listen in to hear how Shan runs across America to end hunger during COVID. Shan Riggs is… View ArticleRead More
Have you ever felt drained during the last couple of miles during your long run or you can’t keep your pace at mile 10 for a half marathon or mile 20 for a full marathon? In this article, we will be taking a deep dive into how you can fuel for a long run… View ArticleRead More
Hello, Healthy Runners! Have you been injured and thought to yourself…I should just stop running? As an injured runner you may have been told to stop running and rest in order to get rid of your pain. Well meaning doctors are just trying to make you feel better and get rid of your… View ArticleRead More
For the past 16 years, I have worked with many runners and have been fortunate enough to be able to run for the past 8 years… BUT It hasn’t been all medals and flowers. In this blog post, I am going to answer some of the common questions I get from runners on how… View ArticleRead More
In this article we’re going to cover 5 tips for healthy running! We’re going to be looking at staying healthy as a runner! So if you’re struggling with pain, unable to run a few miles without pain, unable to speed train like you used to – this is for you! Here is a quick… View ArticleRead More
“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!”
“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!!”
“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.”
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