Canada is a proud nation of joggers, runners and marathoners! People of all ages, from all walks of life run either competitively or simply for the pure joy of the sport. Unfortunately, running injuries are fairly common; from minor aches and strains to sprains and broken bones. Rest assured, the Advanced Physiotherapy team of physiotherapists can provide treatment and support for your running injuries. We can also recommend a variety of preventative measures to help you avoid the chance of future injury.
Typically, your physiotherapy session would begin with an analysis of your gait - inclusive of your running cadence (how many times you strike the ground with your feet per minute) and specifics to your running biomechanics from your point of foot strike to the ground through the swing phase and push off of the foot. Based on our observations, we will recommend the best preventative treatments specifically designed for you.
Additionally, an assessment of the feet, ankles, knees, hips and upper trunk biomechanics may be needed. Typically, a plan of prevention which will include stretches, strength exercises, warm up activities, and cool down activities. Naturally we will also discuss the potential need for additional preventive therapies, such as orthotics or footwear advice.
Depending on the nature of your injury, there are a number of effective treatment techniques including; manual therapy, specialized exercises and stretches, ultrasound, taping, splints, orthotics, and acupuncture/Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS).. For immediate relief, we may recommend electrotherapy or laser therapy for treatment, coupled with bracing and taping to support your recovery.
A variety of orthopedic injuries are commonly seen in people who are frequent runners. Often atheletes suffer from muscle strains and sprains, tendinitis, and knee or hip pain. Our goal at Advanced Physiotherapy is to help you return to your regular running routine and work with you to ensure nagging injuries do not become chronic pain issues.
Ready to get started with your assessment? Call our office today and take the first step to get back on "track."