Return to Running Program
Whether you are looking to return to running after a recent injury, set a new personal record in racing, or simply getting started with a running program, a video gait analysis can assist. In addition to the expertise of a highly trained physical therapist, Movement Authority also uses video analysis to make assessments of your running style and recommend the most biomechanically efficient recommendations to maximize your running.
The analysis allows our therapists to breakdown your running form and highlight your preferred patterns of movement that you rely on that determine your lower extremity biomechanics during running. The physical therapist will utilize the video analysis to prescribe exercise programs for strengthening and stretching; facilitate proper running mechanics; assist with proper shoe selection; and instruct in cadence training to improve running efficiency and reduce risk of injury.
Video gait analysis may also be utilized for assessing the way you walk to determine if you are exhibiting abnormal biomechanics. This is very beneficial if you have a history of foot/knee/hip and/or low back pain. Abnormal loading patterns through the lower extremity may cause unwanted stress/strain across the joints and soft tissues of the lower extremity. A physical therapist will videotape your gait pattern and determine if you would benefit from orthotics or change in shoe style to improve your lower extremity biomechanics.
Out of all of the questions I get, the most common theme seems to be “When can I return to running?”
Unfortunately my response is typically one you don’t want to hear, “It depends.”
Running injuries are mutlifactorial.
- Is this an acute or persistent injury?
- Is this the first time you’ve dealt with this or is the a repetitive injury for you?
- Have you tried resting from this injury?
- If you run currently does it increase your pain?
Each individual injury and person will respond differently. That is why it is best to discuss with a trained health professional to make sure you don’t continue to overload your tissues. We want to limit your time off of running as much as possible while maximizing your training so you don’t continue to aggravate your current injury and help reduce risk for further injury in the future!
Ask about availability and cost. We understand you may have questions on the cost and availability of PT for you. Please complete this form and we will answer any questions you have and will help to explain the value we can provide to you and your body.
Free 20 minute discovery session. We understand you may not be sure if we can help with your problem or what exactly we do. Many people have had a bad experience with physical therapy in the past and I want to help alleviate your concerns. Please fill out the form and I would be happy to set up a time for us to talk and determine if my expertise can help benefit you.