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Running Injuries in Long Beach

​​Finding Relief from Running Injuries

Have you been sidelined from running due to nagging knee pain or recurring calf injuries? If so, you’re not alone. Running injuries are extremely common, affecting up to 79% of regular runners each year. The good news is that with proper diagnosis and treatment from a knowledgeable physical therapist, you can get back on the road to recovery.

At Zenith Performance Physical Therapy Physical Therapy in Long Beach, our experienced staff specializes in treating various running-related injuries. We utilize cutting-edge analysis technology and customized treatment plans to help athletes and runners like you return to peak performance.

Understanding Common Running Injuries in Long Beach

Running places significant repetitive stress on the body which can lead to numerous overuse injuries over time. Some of the most frequently diagnosed running injuries we treat include:

  • Shin splints – pain or inflammation in the shin bone often characterized by pain with walking or running
  • Runner’s knee – general pain around and behind the kneecap (patellofemoral pain syndrome)
  • Achilles tendinitis – inflammation of the Achilles tendon causing pain and stiffness
  • Stress fractures – tiny cracks in the bones of the leg from overuse
  • Plantar fasciitis – sharp pain in the heel and bottom of the foot

These injuries share common causes like:

  • Training errors – increasing mileage too quickly
  • Faulty biomechanics – overpronation, improper form
  • Improper footwear – lack of support and cushioning
  • Muscle inflexibility and weakness
  • Anatomical misalignments

Left untreated, these seemingly minor aches can progress to debilitating injuries taking months to heal. The sooner you seek help from a skilled therapist, the quicker you’ll be back on track.

Customized Treatment Focused on You

No two running injuries look exactly alike. That’s why at Zenith Performance Physical Therapy PT, we perform a thorough evaluation tailored to your unique needs before creating your rehabilitation plan.

We utilize advanced technology like force plate gait analysis and musculoskeletal ultrasound to pinpoint the origin of your injury for the most accurate diagnosis.

Armed with these insights, your physical therapist will design a comprehensive treatment plan utilizing proven techniques to resolve your injury. This could involve:

  • Pain-relieving modalities – ultrasound, muscle stimulation, dry needling
  • Manual therapy – massage, joint mobilization, stretching
  • Corrective exercises – strength training, proprioception, flexibility
  • Gait retraining – improving mechanics and movement patterns
  • Return-to-running programming – gradual, progressive return to avoid re-injury

We’ll continually monitor your progress and adjust treatments accordingly until you achieve your goals whether completing a 5K or qualifying for Boston.

FAQs on Running Injuries and Treatment

If you’re dealing with running pain, you probably have lots of questions about your injury and road to recovery. Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

What is the most common running injury?
The most widely reported running injuries involve the knee and lower leg. Patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner’s knee) and shin splints make up 20% and 15% of running injuries respectively.

What is an overuse injury from running?
Running overuse injuries occur due to repetitive stress applied to the body over time. Small micro tears and inflammation build up until symptoms like pain, tenderness, and loss of function occur.

What is the best way to treat running injuries?
Your recovery is accelerated working one-on-one with a licensed physical therapist. They can accurately diagnose your injury’s underlying cause and create a tailored treatment program to resolve it through modalities, targeted exercises, gait retraining, and proper return to running protocols.

What does a running injury feel like?
The specific symptoms depend on your type of injury but usually include pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or loss of mobility in the affected area. You may also notice these symptoms worsen over the course of a run. Catching injuries early is key to minimize long term damage and complications. Any new or persistent pain warrants an evaluation.

Meet Your Long Beach Running Injury Experts

Our knowledgeable team has extensive training in treating running and athletic injuries of all kinds. We take pride in delivering personalized care focused on restoring functionality rapidly while preventing future re-injury.

Dr. Hayden Almeida, PT, DPT obtained his clinical doctorate in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He employs a comprehensive approach utilizing manual therapy and corrective exercise focused on restoring proper movement patterns.

Don’t let ongoing aches and pains stop you from enjoying what you love. Contact us today at 562-502-1767 to schedule your evaluation and get on the road to recovery!

Next Steps for Relief

To set up your initial exam with one of our running injury specialists at Zenith Performance Physical Therapy, you can:

We look forward to helping you resolve your running injury for good!

About The Author

Dr. Hayden Almeida, a Physical Therapist with  years of experience, they guide individuals towards achieving their best selves. At Zenith Performance Physical Therapy in Long Beach, Dr. Hayden Almeida crafts individualized plans using cutting-edge techniques, empowering patients to overcome limitations and thrive.

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Kerry Hahn

I was lucky enough to stumble upon Zenith Performance at my local CrossFit gym where I met Thomas for the first time. I had been struggling w a nagging right shoulder tendinopathy for over a year with little healing and progress to some sense normalcy.
Right from the beginning with Thomas and Zenith, I knew I was at the right place. Thomas customized my treatment and sessions each time depending on the particular issues I was having and the specific assessments he performed. Thomas is amazing at breaking different exercises and movements down to their fundamental elements which helped me understand and actually implement proper form and technique for the first time. After a few sessions, I felt my shoulder discomfort dissipate and began feeling more confident in my ability to use my right shoulder in the same way as my left. It’s a testament to Thomas’ expertise and granular instructions and guidance. Highly recommended for any and all sports/exercise injuries!

Jesica Endo

I highly recommend Thomas, he works with you one-on-one the whole session, and he definitely knows what he’s doing. I came in with a lot of pain in my shoulder and down the arm, which I thought was a shoulder injury, but he identified it was a nerve issue in my neck that was radiating down. In just a few weeks, through a combination of manual adjustments, cupping, and exercises, the pain is now gone and I am back to 100%! He also went out of his way to help me with some sports performance issues I was having, and has left me with homework to keep my neck and shoulder in good shape. I felt confident in his abilities!

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