If you are an avid runner you have likely encountered numerous injuries. Some of the most common running injuries include, but are not limited to:
Iliotibial Band Syndrome - is one of the most common overuse injuries among runners. It occurs when the iliotibial band, the ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin, is tight or inflamed. The IT band attaches to the knee and helps stabilize and move the joint. When the IT band isn't working properly, movement of the knee becomes painful.
Patellafemoral Pain Syndrome - is pain in the front of the knee. It frequently occurs in athletes. It sometimes is caused by wearing down, roughening, or softening of the cartilage under the kneecap.
Patellar Tendinitis (Jumper's Knee) - is an injury that affects the tendon connecting your kneecap to your shin bone. The patellar tendon plays a pivotal role in the way you use your leg muscles. It helps your muscles extend your knee so that you can kick a ball, run uphill and jump up in the air. This injury is most common in athletes whose sports involve frequent jumping, like basketball and volleyball. However, even people who don't participate in jumping sports can experience patellar tendinitis.
Achillies Tendonitis - is when the tendon that connects the back of your leg to your heel becomes swollen and painful near the bottom of the foot. This tendon is called the Achilles tendon. It is used for walking, running, and jumping
Plantar Fasciitis - occurs when the strong band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed.
The physical therapist at Castle Pines Physical Therapy will evalutate you and taylor a specific treatment plan to strengthen your muscles and tendons. We offer one-on-one treatment sessions to evaluate your needs and get you back to running or hiking pain-free! If you’re currently battling one of these injuries, call us at 303-805-5156 to make an appointment at Castle Pines Physical Therapy or Cherry Creek Physical Therapy.