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Physical Therapy for Runners

Physical Therapy for Runners in Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota

Does Your Pain Keep You From Running?

Diagnosing pain that occurs as a result of running is easy. Oftentimes these are the most common injuries seen in runners.

  • Runners Knee (i.e. iliotibial band syndrome or patellofemoral pain syndrome)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Foot/ankle pain

A visit to your walk-in doctor or MD might give you these types of diagnoses. BUT it won’t answer your most important questions...” WHY?” And, “How do I get rid of this so I can get back to my activity?”

Finding the reason WHY is more difficult than the WHAT, as pain with running can be multi-factorial. Pain should not simply be blamed on the fact that running is largely an overuse sport.

Other risk factors for running injuries can be clustered into three domains

  1. Personal factors (e.g. age, sex, height, genetic imprinting)
  2. Running/training factors (e.g. weekly running days, distance, running shoes), and
  3. Health and lifestyle-related factors (e.g. smoking, a history of comorbidity and previous injuries)

In addition to these factors, COMPETE Physical Therapy in Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota, works with many musculoskeletal injuries and pains that result from mobility problems leading to compensations in other parts of the body. Similarly, weakness and stability problems can also lead to overuse and compensations, which ultimately lead to pain.

Where Do I Begin If I Have Pain While Running?

First and foremost, a thorough full-body assessment!

This is difficult to receive in a traditional clinic because time is limited, AND your referring physician has already written the script for the treating therapist to work on your “ankle pain” and your ankle pain alone! What if the source of the problem is the hip? Your insurance will most likely not cover it.

COMPETE Physical Therapy & Wellness in Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, are experts with the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. This assessment tool can differentiate mobility from weakness problems. On your first visit, the assessment is completed to screen your body from head to toe to determine if other parts are indirectly causing your pain.

Next, hands-on treatment is the only way to improve your mobility dysfunctions, which is followed by a specific program to reinforce the therapist’s treatment. Without a program to reinforce your treatment, you are more than likely to continue experiencing pain.

The plan for your treatment is individualized to you based on your assessment and is made with your goals in mind.

At COMPETE Physical Therapy in Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota, our goal is to assess, educate you on your findings and treat your specific problems. So you can get back to doing what you love!

Schedule with COMPETE Physical Therapy & Wellness in Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota today!

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