Helping You Run Injury Free

Helping You Run Injury Free

We help you identify your optimal form to reduce injuries related to running and improve your running efficiency. To do this, we use the latest technology to analyze your running mechanics. This includes:

  • force plate treadmills,
  • wireless EMG,
  • and slow motion video capture.

Our clinicians practice evidence-based research to analyze individual runners and provide solutions for acute or chronic running injuries. 

*Please contact your insurance company prior to making your appointment to verify your coverage and referral requirements regarding physical therapy benefits.

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Runner's Clinic Services

As part of the clinic, we offer the following services:

  • Detailed review of running history, training patterns, and current injury
  • Assessment of back, hips, knees, ankles, and feet
  • Slow motion video analysis of running mechanics in three planes
  • Force plate treadmill reports that assess how you impact the ground
  • Surface EMG testing to assess muscle activity while running and with exercises
  • Customized program for injury treatment and recovery
  • Gait retraining with real-time feedback options
  • Therapeutic exercises to address impairments
  • Shoe recommendations and orthotic fabrication/prescription
  • Training program modifications

Slow Motion Video 

Our eyes are not capable of taking enough pictures per second to pick up on subtleties needed to assess running. By the time you are ready to focus on a specific moment during the run, it is over. We use video cameras that allow us to record in slow motion so that we can go back through the run to focus on critical moments during the running cycle. The main views we look at are from behind (posterior), from the side (lateral), and from the front (anterior). 

Clip from slow motion video showing runner

Force Plate Report 

Force plates embedded in our treadmill provide critical information on how you impact the ground when you run. We can also analyze side to side force symmetry, dynamic pronation and supination, cadence, and much more with a report generated from your run.

Prints from a runner's impact on the force plate

Surface Electromyography (sEMG)

Muscles have specific roles while running. Pairing the sEMG with the treadmill, we can see if the right muscles are firing at the right time. We can also investigate symmetry side to side, which can be useful in unilateral (one sided) chronic muscle strains and tendon/joint injuries.

Read out from  surface electromyography

RICE Method: First Injury Treatment Steps

For all injuries aggravated by running, always start treatment using the RICE Method:

  • Rest
    • Cut back on daily activities, including running. 
  • Ice
    • Apply ice to your injury for 20 minutes at least four times daily.
  • Compression
    • Use elastic wraps, compression socks, air casts, and the like to reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • Elevation
    • Elevate the injured area above your heart level to decrease swelling and inflammation.

Note: For the RICE method to be effective, you should treat all injuries immediately, and the four steps should be continued for at least 48 hours. If symptoms persist, it may be time to see your doctor or health care provider.