Long distance running often effects people in different ways.
Everyone has their own body type and habits. Overuse or injury is totally patient specific and different to everyone. Even if you and your buddy have a similar pain; the cause and cure may be completely different.
There’s a lot to take into consideration when diagnosing an injury.
Starting with what YOU tell us; in fact one of our greatest tools as physiotherapists is often our listening skills. We listen to YOU, so we can work together to get you better, quickly.
Remember, when you run you are landing on a single foot at one time, and absorbing the force of your impact through your entire leg and into your hip/torso.
We call this the kinetic chain, and often with an injury there is a problem or dysfunction with that kinetic chain, whether it is your foot, ankle, knee, hip or even your lower back.
Your pain may be caused by a weakness somewhere in that chain which can often cause a problem not specific to that joint, but maybe in the joint above and/or below the painful site.
My job is to find the weakness in that chain; this is achieved via a combination of functional, strength/range and special tests to directly find the cause of your pain. This is the only way to put together a sound and specific treatment plan that will cure and not mask your symptoms.
A runner with knee pain on the outside of the knee, sometimes referring to the front part of the hip, can sometimes be characterised as ITB syndrome. The ITB is a strip of fascia that connects from your TFL (Tensor Fascia Latae) muscle down to the outside of your knee.
The ITB often tightens and causes pain on the insertion around the knee joint, due to over activity of the TFL. This is often caused by weakness or inhibition of the gluteal muscles which are responsible for supporting your weight while running, and optimising alignment.
A combination of manual (hands on) treatment, stretching and rehabilitation is required for this type of injury, and the majority of running (and most sporting) injuries.
Some basic exercises that I use quite frequently with acute running injuries include:
1. Clam shells
2. Banded Glute Bridges
3. Side Planks
These exercises are just a starting point, and will be combined with a catered and tailored strengthening rehab plan specific to YOU. So we not only treat the pain, we prevent it from coming back. How awesome is that?
Together, we can return you running at your best performance, pain free!
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