Pulled hamstrings, IT bands, and Achilles injuries are always in the limelight when it comes to running injuries.
And it makes sense, right? When we think of running injuries, these are the things we typically hear:
"My IT band is so tight. I foam roll it every day and it just won't loosen up."
"I keep pulling my hamstring when I try to push pace."
"I started running hills and my Achilles is sore."
And honestly, I think we medical professionals tend to gravitate towards diagnosing running injuries in this way.
Her name is Kristen and she had a surgery to repair a broken bone in her foot that was completely preventable. She had early signs of a bone stress injury when she originally went to the doctor with foot pain...
THESE SIGNS WERE MISSED.
She was told to "take it easy," and sent home. By the time she consulted with AMP Performance Rehab, it was too late.
HER INJURY PROGRESSED FROM A STRESS...
"I'm sending another crazy runner your way."
"This guy just ran 26 miles and he's wondering why his knee hurts."
"Not sure why he's here. He runs 50 miles a week. He's lucky it's only his back that's stiff."
These are pretty typical lines I hear from some of my referral sources (AKA the medical professionals you are going to for help with pain).
The problem is most medical professionals, even if they have the title of Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Doctor, or Sports Physical Therapist associated with their name, don’t understand the demands of running.
They brush us off as "crazy".
This is very dangerous because it often leads to poor advice, further injury, decreased performance, and even life changing events like unnecessary surgery that COULD END YOUR RUNNING CAREER (the amount of times I’ve seen this is embarrassing and extremely frustrating).
Kristen’s story is the perfect example of what routinely...
Let's face it. Distance runners are a different breed of athlete.
AMP Performance Rehab knows this, because we are runners ourselves.
The truth is, most medical professionals do not understand ANYTHING about running. They don't understand the mindset and dedication it takes to get faster and stronger. They don't understand how PR'ing your half marathon time by even 1 minute is a huge deal. And they unfortunately do NOT understand the physical demands of the the sport you love more than anything.
Why does this matter?
Because these are the people who are supposed to be best capable of helping you if you get injured. They are the ones that you are entrusting to get you back to running better than ever after a stint of rehab. They are the ones who's...
I just got off the phone with a client I haven’t seen in over 9 months.
She “tweaked” her shoulder performing what she described as a “light row”. She’s concerned because she had been pain free and training at a high level for half a year prior to this flare up…
I asked if I could share the details of our conversation, because it led to an important consideration that I think a lot of people can benefit from considering.
It is unlikely that the row in and of itself caused the flare up. Pain is highly complex and depends on a number of factors.
The more we talked, the more some things became apparent.
Her routine changed over the past few weeks. She is an accountant and it is her busy season.
She is working 12 hour days.
She is eating out more due to convenience.
She is sleeping 5-6 hours per night
She is exercising less consistently and tries to make up for this by training harder when she does work out…
So while the “light...
This is a follow up to a question I am often asked - “If my injury is healed, then why do I still have pain?”
I am a physical therapist and I love what I do. But I struggle identifying as a physical therapist because of what healthcare has become…
Most people’s perception of PT is similar. They go see their PT 2 or 3 times a week. They get a massage, some heat and stim, and maybe do a couple of exercises with an aide while their PT runs between them and the 3 other patients they have at the same time.
They don’t really get better, but keep going because their prescription is for 3 times a week for 12 weeks.
Their plan of care doesn’t change even though they aren’t achieving their goals.
Then, when the prescription time frame ends, they part ways.
Their Md asks them how they’re feeling, and they respond that “PT didn’t work.”
This usually starts a cascade of events. Injection 1. Injection 2. Injection 3. Surgery...