Chiropractic Care for Running Injuries
Running injuries present with certain patterns of overuse, direct trauma and in pain syndromes from that include injuries from eliminating running/jogging to the nagging injury that will not go away. Often with some good coaching, limiting intensity, distance and early intervention many of the common problems can be controlled and or eliminated. About 40% of injuries are usually knee related. There are 8 primary injuries we treat runners for.
1. Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), or “runner’s knee” is common. Anything that increases stress to the area is a risk factor. Pronation of the foot, weak gluts, weak quads and a poor “Q” angle can all contribute to PFPS.
2. Hamstring injuries. Often hamstrings either to tight or to loose can be problematic. Creating balance and correct strength can help. Deep tissue techniques with massage or ART (active release techniques) can often provide significant improvement.
3. Shin Splints. This is an overuse type injury that often occurs from over doing it. Some recent documentation is supporting cross training techniques to reduce long term chronic problems, kinesotaping with muscle stripping is effective, but this injury does require some backing off of activity.
4. Tendinitis of the Achilles: This is another overuse injury which can occur from bad shoes, poor mechanics, increased hill running, weakness and poor stride techniques. Ice, strengthening and even some compression type sleeves can provide relief.
5. Plantar Fasciitis: This is the most common foot injury complained of. The micro-damage along the bottom tendon of the foot can be mild to severe and often the first few steps out of bed are extremely painful. Treatment include fiber break down with tissue techniques, ice massage, joint and active foot stretching and manipulation. This can be a nagging injury and sometimes core strengthening seems to drastically improve the foot pain.
6. Stress fractures: Require time off, often a minimum of 8 weeks to 20 weeks. This micro-trauma can be a warning sign of metabolism problems, poor bone health or training to quickly. The bones most commonly involved include the tibias (shin), metatarsals (feet), and or calcaneus (heels). This is a significant problem affecting over 5% of all runners.
7. Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS): This injury usually gives good earning signs and starts mild and can be controlled if soft-tissue, stretching and exercise techniques are controlled. Weak hip abductor and gluteal muscles are the primary source of poor mechanics that causes the muscle bands to get inflamed coming across the lateral leg.
8. Overuse syndromes: This category we often see specifically in areas of Morton’s Neuroma or in some cases similar to a carpal tunnel but the location is in the foot. These injuries cause nerve irritation and swelling. We use many soft tissue techniques to eliminate and prevent advancement of these injuries. If you’re having any early pain signs that will not go away, back down a little reduce the demand and consult us for some treatment advice.
We have two chiropractic clinics, one is located in Ellsworth, Wisconsin (330 W Main Street), and one is located in New Richmond, Wisconsin (144 West 3rd Street). At both chiropractic clinics we treat patients with car accident injuries, back pain, neck pain, headache pain, running injuries, sports injuries, chronic conditions, accidents, fall injuries, post-surgical, rehabilitation, ear aches, Torticollis, and other conditions.
Call to schedule your appointment:
New Richmond Location
144 West 3rd Street, New Richmond, WI 54017
Tues and Thurs New Richmond 1-6, and by appointment
330 West Main Street, Ellsworth, WI 54011
Mon and Wed (Ellsworth) 1-6, and by appointment