People who pound the pavement and who lace up their running shoes have roughly 50% chance of sustaining injuries that interrupt their training. Studies have known 90% injury rates which is a significantly high among marathon runners. Running itself does not do any damage as pointed out by a growing number of physical therapists, physicians and exercise scientists. Usually it is the running form.
Most of the runners land with their legs at awkward angles or stepped too far out in front of their bodies. Gait analysis is the runner’s way to healthy joints. Surgeries, cortisone shorts or medical boots cannot solve runners’ problems the way a 20 minute film on a treadmill analysis can, experts say.
Gait analysis usually is done to identify the root cause of an injury, or it could be a bad habit that may lead to one. It usually starts with an evaluation of flexibility and strength that includes some manipulation on an examination table and a set of exercises. Also a running session on a treadmill with a video camera in front follows. These examinations take place at a handful of sports performance centers and hospitals, and typically last for one to two hours, including an initial review and diagnosis of what the medical professionals see. Patients at the end of it usually get a written evaluation detailing how they might run pain-free. White’s Physical therapy center located at Wilmington MA does such evaluations where a gait analysis is done to correct the running posture or it can include a series of exercises to cure injuries.
White’s Physical therapy center located at Wilmington MA, the first session usually begins with the physiotherapist assessing the extent and nature of the patient’s problem; this may most of the times involve observation and examination. The patient may be asked to walk around the room to perform some exercises, this helps the physiotherapist identifying the issues to work out a suitable treatment schedule and plan. The first session of physiotherapy also includes asking questions relating to the patient’s overall health to find out any pre-existing conditions. Our physiotherapists also would ask questions to know details of any allergic conditions or phobias which may come in the way of treatments.
Our sessions at White’s Physical therapy center located at Wilmington MA, may include stretching, massage therapy and exercising depending on the nature of the patient’s condition and might need the use of technology such as ultrasound or lasers. Electrotherapy and hydrotherapy sessions may also be included depending upon the treatment. Our highly skilled physiotherapists may also suggest a range of suitable stretches and exercises to be carried out at home in order to speed up the recovery and healing process. During this session practical advice regarding the patient’s lifestyle and diet also are offered.