Our running sports rehab patients come from all levels of runners. Some patients are just getting started out on middle school cross country and track teams while others are adults who have been running marathons since they could remember. We understand the lifestyle and our goal is to get you back to running the race, the course, the track, the beach or the neighborhood with better function, less pain and in less physical therapy sessions.
The sports rehab physical therapy sessions at Breaking Through gets results for runners to start running with less pain and with less sessions and longer lasting effects than the typical ice / heat / massage / chiropractic treatment. We eliminate those "treatments" for your symptoms - the pain, discomfort or decreased function without treating the cause. All our sports rehab and physical therapy sessions are designed to uncover the cause of your discomfort running and then create a physical therapy program to engage the muscles to strengthen your body and strengthen your running stride!
Runners Sports Rehab: Common Running Injuries
At Breaking Through our physical therapy sessions are designed to diagnose and restore normal function in the body - whether our patients come in for acute pain, chronic pain, sports injury or to improve sports performance, our approach is systematic. Runners often complain about common running injuries like runners knee, Achilles tendinopathy (pain in the Achilles often from sprinting and hill-running), plantar fasciitis (pain in the foot) and shin splints. Other discomfort runners may feel is from a groin pull, a hamstring strain, piriformis syndrome (which can lead to pain in the lower back or sciatica and IT band friction which can lead to more knee pain.
How Not to Treat a Running Injury
After your initial assessment our physical therapist will be able to perform a treatment and prescribe exercises to restore your body to normal function. Although we can not tell you how to rehab the injury before our hands-on, one-on-one assessment, we can tell you what we do NOT prescribe for treating your running injury. We do NOT prescribe rest, ice, heat, massage, taping, strapping, orthotics, anti-inflammatories or injections. Together we will find out which exercises will strengthen the areas of weakness and get you back to running in less visits with long lasting results.
Sports Rehab Physical Therapy Sessions: What to Expect
Another way our sports rehab physical therapy is unique is that it's unique to how you move your body and the habits your muscles have developed that impact the unique way your body moves. Your Physical Therapist begins each visit with a personal, one-to-one assessment and treatment focused on your specific individual needs. This assessment assumes nothing and will test your body's function from toes to skull during each visit. The typical sports therapist will spend the entire time focused on the one area that's showing signs of pain or decreased mobility and function. However, our system will demonstrate that your pain and decreased function of one area can be caused by weakness in, what would seem to be, an unrelated area. Your sports rehab will have more permanent results with fewer visits by strengthening other muscles in the body that a typical sports therapist would likely ignore.
During Each Sports Physical Therapy Session You Receive:
- An Assessment: You will perform a functional screen to determine the unique causes of your symptoms.
- Treatment: To treat the cause of your sports injury we use specific, hands-on sports rehabilitation methods followed by functional reinforcement exercises to re-educate your body.
- Re-Assessment: Performed at the conclusion of each visit. We focus on how you are moving and will assess that you are moving better than when you came in.
- Education: We spend a large portion of time teaching you how you became injured and for the prevention of future sports injuries. We then create a customized program you can use at home, work, or play that will strengthen your body faster and avoid repeat visits. We want You to become the expert of You!
WHAT THEY SAY...
What do our sports rehab and physical therapy patients say about Breaking Through?
I went to see Dr Josh about an old arm injury from a few years back. I was in pain daily and my hand would often go numb. I had 2 cortisone shots and was recommended to not use my arm and that eventually I would need surgery. Dr Josh was great at explaining what he found during my consultation and gave me workouts to take home. Because I live over an hour away he was clear and reasonable with expectations. After 3 weeks of doing exercises I am still sleeping comfortably and my hand has not gone numb once, and I am using my arm in daily tasks again! I highly recommend giving Breaking Through a try, you won’t be sorry!!
I suffer from chronic back pain (ruptured two discs in lower back 10 years ago). I re-injured my back last week while working out to the point where it was hard to walk, sit, stand, and basically move. My pain was so bad that I had to take a break from working out, which wasn’t good for my own mental health. I decided to try Breaking Through. I have had one session so far with Evan and seriously I feel like a new person. The next day I was back at the gym working out to full strength and stamina. It’s amazing how much he has helped me! Thank you Evan! If you are suffering from pain and limited on what you can do than give them a call!