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Running Injuries in Ann Arbor

​​Finding Relief from Running Injuries in Ann Arbor

Have you been sidelined from running due to nagging knee pain or recurring calf injuries? If so, you’re not alone. Running injuries are extremely common, affecting up to 79% of regular runners each year. The good news is that with proper diagnosis and treatment from a knowledgeable physical therapist, you can get back on the road to recovery.

At On Track Physiotherapy Physical Therapy in Ann Arbor, our experienced staff specializes in treating various running-related injuries. We utilize cutting-edge analysis technology and customized treatment plans to help athletes and runners like you return to peak performance.

Understanding Common Running Injuries

Running places significant repetitive stress on the body which can lead to numerous overuse injuries over time. Some of the most frequently diagnosed running injuries we treat include:

  • Shin splints – pain or inflammation in the shin bone often characterized by pain with walking or running
  • Runner’s knee – general pain around and behind the kneecap (patellofemoral pain syndrome)
  • Achilles tendinitis – inflammation of the Achilles tendon causing pain and stiffness
  • Stress fractures – tiny cracks in the bones of the leg from overuse
  • Plantar fasciitis – sharp pain in the heel and bottom of the foot

These injuries share common causes like:

  • Training errors – increasing mileage too quickly
  • Faulty biomechanics – overpronation, improper form
  • Improper footwear – lack of support and cushioning
  • Muscle inflexibility and weakness
  • Anatomical misalignments

Left untreated, these seemingly minor aches can progress to debilitating injuries taking months to heal. The sooner you seek help from a skilled therapist, the quicker you’ll be back on track.

Customized Treatment for Running Injuries in Ann Arbor

No two running injuries look exactly alike. That’s why at On Track Physiotherapy PT, we perform a thorough evaluation tailored to your unique needs before creating your rehabilitation plan. We utilize advanced technology like force plate gait analysis and musculoskeletal ultrasound to pinpoint the origin of your injury for the most accurate diagnosis.

Armed with these insights, your physical therapist will design a comprehensive treatment plan utilizing proven techniques to resolve your injury. This could involve:

  • Pain-relieving modalities – ultrasound, muscle stimulation, dry needling
  • Manual therapy – massage, joint mobilization, stretching
  • Corrective exercises – strength training, proprioception, flexibility
  • Gait retraining – improving mechanics and movement patterns
  • Return-to-running programming – gradual, progressive return to avoid re-injury

We’ll continually monitor your progress and adjust treatments accordingly until you achieve your goals whether completing a 5K or qualifying for Boston.

FAQs on Running Injuries and Treatment

If you’re dealing with running pain, you probably have lots of questions about your injury and road to recovery. Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

What is the most common running injury?
The most widely reported running injuries involve the knee and lower leg. Patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner’s knee) and shin splints make up 20% and 15% of running injuries respectively.

What is an overuse injury from running?
Running overuse injuries occur due to repetitive stress applied to the body over time. Small micro tears and inflammation build up until symptoms like pain, tenderness, and loss of function occur.

What is the best way to treat running injuries?
Your recovery is accelerated working one-on-one with a licensed physical therapist. They can accurately diagnose your injury’s underlying cause and create a tailored treatment program to resolve it through modalities, targeted exercises, gait retraining, and proper return to running protocols.

What does a running injury feel like?
The specific symptoms depend on your type of injury but usually include pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or loss of mobility in the affected area. You may also notice these symptoms worsen over the course of a run. Catching injuries early is key to minimize long term damage and complications. Any new or persistent pain warrants an evaluation.

Meet Your Ann Arbor Running Injury Experts

Our knowledgeable team has extensive training in treating running and athletic injuries of all kinds. We take pride in delivering personalized care focused on restoring functionality rapidly while preventing future re-injury.

Dr. Morgan Kennedy, PT, DPT obtained her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Findlay. She employs a comprehensive approach utilizing manual therapy and corrective exercise focused on restoring proper movement patterns.

Next Steps for Relief
To set up your initial exam with one of our running injury specialists at On Track Physiotherapy, you can:
Call 734-972-6529 to speak with a scheduling coordinator
Request an appointment online for the Ann Arbor clinic location
Stop by our convenient downtown office for an injury screening
We look forward to helping you resolve your running injury for good!

About The Author

Dr. Greg Schaible, a Physical Therapist specializing in Certified Strength & Conditioning and Sports Rehab, puts patients at the forefront of his care. With years of experience, he guides individuals towards achieving their best selves. At On Track Physiotherapy in Ann Arbor, Dr. Greg Schaible crafts individualized plans using cutting-edge techniques, empowering patients to overcome limitations and thrive.

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Ko Shih

Greg is fantastic! He helped me work through some aches and pains I was having and helped me get back to running – I was struggling to run 3 miles, and with his help, I was able to get back up to 10 miles! Greg did a great job of really explaining how the body works, too.

Adam White

I have worked with Morgan at On Track now for over a year. She quickly identified my biggest issues and helped with the kyphosis of my spine. The in person sessions with her have been great, but she also put together a routine for me to do on my own. Can’t say enough good things about the progress I’ve made! My golf game has gotten better because of it, and my body feels better the day off and day after playing a lot. Thanks, Morgan!