We find that nearly all the runners we treat at our Austin physical therapy clinic have a specific hip muscle weakness. This weakness is one of the most common causes of running injuries. Unfortunately, the list of problems and types of running injuries that can result from this weakness is quite long… including everything from plantar fasciitis to IT band syndrome, knee pain, runner’s knee, arch pain, achilles-tendon issues and even hip and low-back pain. Many of these issues can get so painful so quickly that runners have to significantly limit their mileage or stop running altogether. But it doesn’t have to be that way! …
In the video below you will learn a simple movement test to detect if you have this extremely common-but-preventable weakness that often leads to such painful running injuries.
You’ll also learn three simple exercises you can do at home to help avoid most common causes of running injuries. By strengthening the right areas, you’ll reduce your chances of getting a new running injury as well as helping to improve any pain or issues you may already have. The whole routine will take you just a few minutes, and the only equipment you need is an inexpensive stretch band. (If you don’t already have one, you can get your own from Amazon here.)
***Please note that this is not a complete approach to diagnosing and treating running injury. There may be many other issues that need to be identified and treated in order to get you running pain-free without limitations.
I came to Carter Physical Therapy after my fiancé went and saw them for an ankle injury that had bothered him for years. After 3 visits he was playing soccer and tennis several times a week and happier than ever.
As I was training for a marathon I started having some trouble with my knee. I suspected the IT band, but stretching did nothing to ease the pain. I went to Carter Physical Therapy and they immediately noticed that my hips needed strengthening on one side, which was causing the IT band to strain and hurt.
They did one treatment on me, gave me an in-home exercise program, and suggested that I get orthotics made to further help my situation. That night after one treatment I ran a fast 6 miles pain free! I went for two more treatments to have the orthotics made and to work a bit on the problematic knee. I have continued the at-home exercises and still remain pain free! I’m so glad I went to Carter Physical Therapy!
SARAH H, AUSTIN, TX
If you’re in the Austin area and you’d like to learn about the most common causes of running injuries and how to prevent them from occuring during your runs (for FREE), you can request a free consultation with a running-expert physical therapist by clicking here.