Last night we had a great opportunity to partner with Appalachian Physical Therapy in Harrisonburg, VA (they also have an office in Broadway, VA) for a presentation on Running Injuries, aptly named: Running Into Frequent Injuries?
During the discussion, Adam and Bill of Appalachian PT thoroughly covered:
- Early detection and prevention of common injuries
- Optimal recovery and rehab
- True core stability
Additionally, Erik, our Footwear manager discussed the importance of properly fitting shoes and the key differences between shoes.
We hope to repeat this seminar in the future, but until then, here's a high level overview...
Each year up to 50% of runners report an injury and most are due to overuse and/or abuse.
Running injuries appear in many forms:
- Joint pain in the hip, knee, foot, and ankle
- Patellofemoral pain
- Meniscal tears
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Muscle strains and tears
- Bursitis and tendinitis
- Stress fracture
- Shin splints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis/rupture
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Groin strain
- Lower back pain
Why Do Injuries Occur?
Lots of reasons for this, but most problems arise when the high demands of running overloads tissues.
Pre-existing, unresolved problem: this is the most common factor behind injuries. Joints and soft tissues that were not moving ideally from the start become more problematic when faced with the demands of running.
Inappropriate training and dosing: a sudden increase in activity can easily overload tissues, especially if they were already compromised in any way.
External factors: shoe wear, composition of running surface, turns, hills, wet surface, etc.
What Can Be Done?
Early identification of and attention to faulty movement patterns before they damage the neuro/myofascial/skeletal/internal organ components of the trunk and extremities is essential to injury prevention. A skilled, comprehensive assessment that considers the body as a whole, interrelated system, integrated in movement and function can go a long way in stopping the advancement of problems, or prevent them from happening in the first place!
Proper shoes is also a great first place to start. Far to many people are wearing shoes because they like the color or they are trendy, when in fact, they need a totally different type of shoe to address the shape of their foot.
Visiting a Physical Therapist is also a must. As we learned from the discussion, in most cases you don't need a referral to see a PT, but it is always best to check with your insurance company. (Appalachian Physical Therapy is glad to help you out!)
We hope to hold many more educational seminars like this one in the future. Knowing how to care for your body, makes it much easier to have a happy body!