With marathon season in NYC behind us, I would like to extend a huge congratulations to all runners who completed the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon!
Of our patients who participated, two finishers were Ralph and Meggie, husband and wife, who both completed their first full marathon this November. Each overcame their respective injuries and each finished within their time goals.
Congrats again, Meggie and Ralph!
Running has gained popularity over the last few decades. The first running of the NYC Marathon in 1970 had 127 runners, with only 55 runners crossing the finish line. This year, over 51,000 runners crossed the finish line of the NYC Marathon in Central Park. With the increasing popularity of running, there has also been an increase in prevalence of running-related overuse injuries.
Some examples of common overuse injuries include
– IT Band Syndrome
– Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
– Achilles Tendinopathy
– Patellar Tendinopathy
– Low Back Pain
– Shin pain
It is important to note that these overuse injuries can be from a number of different causes including strength and joint motion deficits affecting running mechanics, shoewear, and training schedule. In order to properly treat a running injury, it is important to treat not only the impairment itself, but also the root cause of the injury. A comprehensive analysis by a physical therapist of running mechanics as well as strength and motion of all joints involved in running is imperative to remain healthy following rehabilitation of an injury.
Whether you’re returning to running or just beginning, it’s important pay attention to any pain or injuries sustained during training. For more information on running injury prevention, developing a training program for a race of any length, or running analysis, please contact Evolve Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation at 212-438-1596 or use the “contact us” link on the upper right hand corner of your screen.