Running Rehabilitation Specialist

Premier Spine and Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine and Pain Management Specialists located in Hagerstown, MD

If you’re one of the 65%-80% of runners who suffer a running-related injury each year, running rehabilitation can ease uncomfortable symptoms and get you back on your feet. Emily Priestas, DPT, at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine in Hagerstown, Maryland, proudly offers a comprehensive suite of running rehabilitation treatments, including cutting-edge gait analysis. If you’re interested in learning more about running rehabilitation, request an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool today.

Running Rehabilitation Q & A

What is running rehabilitation?

Running rehabilitation is a branch of physical therapy focused on diagnosing, treating, and preventing injuries in runners. 

Running is an excellent form of exercise, but it also puts the joints, muscles, and ligaments in your knees, feet, and ankles under serious duress. Running on hard or uneven surfaces, failing to stretch before exercise, and wearing improper footwear are all factors that increase your risk of a running-related injury. 

If you regularly experience musculoskeletal pain after running or jogging, and conservative measures of care such as ice, rest, and over-the-counter painkillers don’t provide relief, running rehabilitation is worth looking into. 

How can I benefit from running rehabilitation?

Only a trained and experienced physical therapist can determine if you’re a good candidate for running rehabilitation. That said, it’s worth considering if you regularly experience:

  • Severe leg pain
  • Severe foot pain
  • Severe back pain
  • Pain that keeps you up at night
  • Pain that gets worse when walking or running

You might also benefit from running rehabilitation if you regularly experience pain that forces you to change your posture or the way you walk and/or run.

What is gait analysis?

Gait analysis is a type of diagnostic imaging that helps your physical therapist determine the best type of running shoe for the shape and structure of your foot. 

During gait analysis, you’re asked to run for a few minutes on a treadmill wearing your regular workout shoes. Sensors and cameras record the entire process.

While you run, your physical therapist looks at a monitor to observe your gait and posture. This helps them determine where your feet land and if you have any biomechanical misalignments in your knees or ankles.

After gathering all of this information, you makes recommendations for footwear that can ease pain, improve your posture, and make workouts easier. 

Is there a way to prevent running-related injuries?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent running-related injuries entirely. You can significantly lower your risk, though, by warming up and stretching prior to exercise and by drinking plenty of water. 

To request your running rehabilitation consultation at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine today, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.