Running Physical Therapy

Running Physical Therapy Portland OR

Running Injuries

Running injuries are seldom the result of an acute or sudden event. Instead, they are usually the result of cumulative micro-trauma also known as repetitive overuse injuries. Sixty-five percent of all runners experience a running injury in a given year according to Runner’s World.

Stride Strong PT commits itself to be the #1 resource for runners with injuries in Portland. Our gyms and our therapists are fully equipped and experienced to deal with anything related to running. We understand the pressure behind needing to recover before marathon race day. We also sympathize with the feeling of not being able to enjoy running at its fullest because of pain.

But the pain need not be long-lasting – just take a look at our statistics.

Typical running injuries we see at Stride Strong:

  • ITB Syndrome – recovers within 2-5 visits* @ Stride Strong
  • Knee pain (“Runner’s Knee”) – recovers in 4-8 visits* @ Stride Strong
  • Calf strains – recovers in 3-6 visits* @ Stride Strong
  • Shin splints – recovers in 2-8 visits* @ Stride Strong
  • Acute Achilles tendinitis – recovers in 2-8 visits* @ Stride Strong
  • Hip flexor strains – recovers in 4-8 visits* @ Stride Strong
  • Plantar fasciitis – recovers in 6-10 visits* @ Stride Strong

* Results obtained from typical presentation of symptoms. Runner patients show due diligence to Home Exercise regime and have regular PT attendance.

A Thorough Physical Therapy Evaluation is Where Treatment Begins

Runners can suffer from a variety of injuries and there are numerous reasons why a runner might be experiencing pain. The first thing our physical therapists will do is perform an evaluation. This consists of the following:

  • Your past medical history
  • Your current complaints
  • What makes the problem better and worse
  • Any past or present treatment

Then a thorough physical exam is performed including:

  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Foot, knee, hip, pelvis mechanics
  • Observation and analysis of your running style (gait analysis)
  • Examination of your footwear and any orthoses if used

Our Physical Therapists

We are equipped with the knowledge and experience of being both runners and running physical therapists. Our knowledge of gait mechanics and running injuries allow us to hone in on specific treatments and activity modification so you can get back to running again.

How We Can Help

Our physical therapists can you recover from injuries as well as decrease the chance that they will return. Improving the following can help you avoid injuries in the future:

  • Running technique
  • Thigh and calf strength
  • Hip/core stability
  • Quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf flexibility
  • Foot mechanics (decreasing excess pronation)
  • Shock absorption
  • Training strategies (frequency, training time, distance, environment)
  • Our physical therapists understand the various demands and culture behind running such as: race events, mileage, pace, form, terrain and nutrition and we are more poised to discuss how these variables could influence you on your road to recovery.
  • We also have several trusted referrals in our network that we can send you to for extra guidance if the need arises: Sports Medicine physicians, Orthopedic doctors, Orthotists, Nutritionists, Shoewear specialists.

... and more...

We provide additional adjunct services to support the runner and triathlete:

Conservative care for running injuries is important. Runners that push through pain can cause long-lasting injuries that may limit training and performance. Seeing a physical therapist that is training in the evaluation and treatment of running injuries can help.

Call (503) 208-6278 to schedule your visit now!

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Alice Holland, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Director at Stride Strong Physical Therapy
Alice earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from USC in 2007, and have practiced Physical Therapy for 12+ years in the Outpatient Orthopedic Setting. Certified in ASTYM, she also has been a featured expert on Physical Therapy on numerous publications including health.com, healthline.com and yahoo.com.