Running Injuries Herndon, VA

Running Injuries

Running is an impact sport. While not experiencing the body blows seen in football or crashing into a snowbank while skiing, runners are placing impact on their bodies with every step they take.  Ground reaction forces have been measured from 1.5 to 3x your body weight with every step. That load is absorbed throughout the body, primarily in the muscles and joints of the low back, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. These are all common areas for runners to complain of pain or injury.

Statistics vary, but it is reported that 30 to 75% of runners are injured every year. These injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Knee pain/”Runners knee”
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Hamstring strains/tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fractures/stress reactions

An injured runner that can’t run misses out on training, on well-being, on their routine.  Unless you’re playing chess, it’s likely your sport involves some aspect of impact, which increases your risk of injury.  At Optimal Motion Physical Therapy, we will assess and treat your injury, but also go a step further and try to find contributing causes to your injury so those causes can also be addressed to reduce your risk of future injury.

Optimally, it takes a team approach to keep the athlete’s body functioning at its best. This team can include a number of professionals including your physicians, nutritionist, chiropractor, massage therapist, coach, trainer, and psychologist. We will work with your team to develop the best plan for you. (On a side note, this is a great approach for all our clients, whether you consider yourself an athlete or not).

Even if you are not injured, keep an eye out for our free injury screens, or Contact Us Today at Herndon, VA Center for a more comprehensive running assessment.