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According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, 37-56% of recreational runners who regularly participate in a long-distance run will sustain a running-related injury each year. When it comes to running injuries, approximately 50-75% of them result from overuse. Though these injuries are typically gradual and not the result of a one-time traumatic event, they can cause significant problems and intense pain over time.
If you’re a runner with various sites of pain—or you just want to improve your running endurance—get in touch with the professional manual physical therapists at OMT Specialists in the Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia area. Our founder and owner, Dr. J. Logan Cooper, is certified by Functional Movement Systems (FMS) and RockTape, meaning he is an expert in movement and enhancing athletic performance.
If you’re a runner in need of a personalized physical therapy treatment plan, contact OMT Specialists by calling 240-454-3806 or contacting us online today! We have offices in Germantown, MD (Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm), and Falls Church, VA (by appointment only).
What Are the Most Common Injuries Sustained by Runners?
Here are some of the most common injuries related to running:
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS, otherwise known as “runner’s knee”) – This irritation of the cartilage under the kneecap typically flares up during long runs, particularly when descending a hill or stairs. Since about 40% of running injuries are knee injuries, it’s especially important to rest, stretch, and strengthen surrounding muscles. Running uphill has also been cited as less painful than running on a flat or downhill surface. Athletic tape, such as RockTape, can reduce pain in the patella.
- Achilles tendinitis – This inflammation of the Achilles tendon—which connects the back of the heel to the two major calf muscles—makes up 11% of all running injuries. Despite how common this injury is, it’s important to not try to run through it and wait for it to go away. The longer tendinitis persists, the more painful it gets and the harder it is to avoid.
- Hamstring pain – Hamstring issues can be either minor and chronic or sudden and traumatic. Since these muscles are difficult to strengthen properly, it’s key to maintain an exercise routine that targets this area. In some cases, misalignment of other parts of the body can put extra strain on the hamstring.
- Plantar fasciitis – Due to the force that running puts on the feet, it’s no surprise that foot pain is another common injury among runners. However, since plantar fasciitis also affects a large number of golfers, force isn’t always the cause of pain. Ill-fitting footwear is one of the main culprits when it comes to foot pain.
- Shin splints – “Shin splints” is the common term for medial tibial stress syndrome, which refers to small tears in the muscles around the shin bone. This common injury that makes up about 15% of running injuries usually affects newer runners or people who haven’t been running in an extended period of time. Gradually increasing intensity is crucial in not overworking the shin muscles.
- Stress fracture – As one of the most serious running injuries, stress fractures result from strain on the bone. These usually manifest themselves in the shin, heels, and feet of runners. If these bones don’t have adequate time to rebuild and strengthen after exercise, stress fractures are far more likely. However, the more experienced you are as a runner, the less likely these injuries are to occur if you’re taking proper precautions.
Schedule Physical Therapy for Runners in MD, DC & Northern VA
At OMT Specialists, we believe that manual physical therapy is an avenue to healing. With our hands-on, one-on-one approach to physical therapy, we guarantee that you will achieve a level of comfort that you may have never experienced in your life. Due to the fact that we believe that our patients are a whole person—not just a diagnosis or a body part to fix—we offer customized, personalized treatment plans to help you along your journey to recovery.
Our physical therapists work based off of the notion that all of the parts of the body are connected; healing isn’t about targeting one body part, but rather making sure all of the parts are working together as seamlessly as possible. This holistic approach to physical therapy enables you to create a plan that’s tailor-made for your needs and goals. Not only will we help you eliminate your pain related to running, but we will also make sure your whole body is in the healthiest shape it can be for future adventures.
To discover how it feels to have relief from your aches and pains associated with running, contact us online or call 240-454-3806 to schedule an appointment with a manual physical therapist at OMT Specialists today!
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Germantown, MD 20874
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2841 Hartland Road
Falls Church, VA 22043
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