Chiropractic Medicine and Running: Part 2

This is part 2 of our 2 part series on Chiropractic medicine and running.

8. What does a typical treatment plan look like?

Treatment plans are very diverse and are individualized because every patient is differ-ent. Most treatment plans involve joint adjustments/mobilizations, passive and active muscle therapy and exercise rehabilitation.

9. Does treatment hurt?

Usually not however muscle work and tissue treatment can be uncomfortable especially if the muscle is damaged to injured.

10. Can I still run while I am being treated?

Ah, the million dollar question! That depends on the injury and the goal of the patient. Rest is often one of the most important initial steps to the treatment of an injury however the goal is alway to get a patient back to running as soon as they can even if the run-ning starts off being limited.

11. I’ve heard some chiropractors use electrostimulation, what is that?

Electrostimulation or e-stim is he use of a specialized electrical current applied to an in-jured area to help aid in pain control and the reduction in muscle spasms.

12. My injury keeps returning, even after treatment, why?

If an injury keeps returning treatment there are usually two main reason. The first is that the injury itself was never properly diagnosed and treated, treating the pain is not treat-ing the injury, or the patient does not follow the recommendations of the doctor and re-turns to higher intensity running or is not compliant with their rehabilitative exercises.

13. Will regular chiropractic visits help prevent running injuries?

Research has shown that regular chiropractic treatments along with the proper exer-cises to strengthen weakness and dysfunction has been shown to prevent injury.

14. What are common running injuries you have treated?

The most common running related injuries seen in my office are; IT band syndrome, hip pain, groin pulls, shin splints, plantar fasciitis/foot pain, hamstring strains, hip flexor inju-ries, knee injuries and lower back pain

15. I’ve heard some runners talk about dead butt syndrome and IT Band Syndrome. Can you explain what these are?

IT Band syndrome: The general term for irritation of inflammation the IT band caused by weakness in the Gluteus Medius muscle which most often presents as knee pain. In fact in my experience the number one cause of knee pain in runners is IT band syn-drome

Dead Butt Syndrome: The term used to describe a condition in which the gluteal muscle do not engage correctly or are weak. This causes instability in the pelvis and can cause an uneven distribution of weight over the hips. This weakness is often the result of not using our Gluteus muscles and spending too much time sitting down. In runners the most common symptom is severe hip pain with both long and short distances that improves on its own until the next run.

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