Compared to static analysis or regional joint testing, a gait analysis can uncover more precisely how someone is moving while running. Compensations and imbalances away from the site of pain are often times the biomechanical flaws that cause injuries to become recurrent or slow their recovery.
Injuries related to running are most often due to overuse. It's estimated that more than half of those that run will get injured. The two main aspects of running that lead to injury are training volume and faulty running biomechanics. So naturally, when a patient presents with a running related injury, a review of their current training plan or overall volume has to take place. The next consideration is a running gait analysis to identify biomechanical breakdowns. We believe these steps are crucial before a someone returns to running.
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Patellofemoral Syndrome (Runner's Knee)
- Hip Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis and Foot Pain
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Achilles Tendonopathy
- Stress Fractures
- An orthopedic evaluation as it relates to your injury
- A functional movement assessment
- A review of your current training schedule
- An evaluation of current shoes
- A running gait analysis with motion analysis software
Based on your findings you will receive an individualized program that includes proper warm up, mobiity and/or strength exercises, and gait adjustments and visualization
Many of the same gait findings that lead to injury are also those that can affect your running performance. Overstriding, longer ground contact time, and higher vertical oscilation are just a few of the biomechancial flaws that can slow you down. If you want to jumpstart your running we can help.