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If you are reading this, you most likely have some level of interest in running. Maybe you run every day, maybe you run a few days each week, or maybe you used to run but because of pain or injury you no longer are able to run. More and more people of all ages have been caught up in the “running boom”, as evidenced by the statistics below:

  • In 1990, there were 5.5 million finishers in road races across the USA
  • In 2011, there were more than 13.9 million finishers in road races across the USA – an amazing increase of 153%
  • The races that have seen the greatest increase in number of participants for both male and female are the half marathon and marathon
  • 2010 was the first year in the US that there were more female road race finishers than male – this trend continued in 2011 and 2012

Unfortunately, with more people running more miles, the frequency of injury also has increased. Most running injuries are considered “overuse” injuries – meaning, for some reason, your body is unable to withstand the repetitive stress that running places on our body.

Runner JointsHere are some facts regarding running injuries:

  • The injury rate for the average recreational runner is 56% - this means for every 2 people who run on a regular basis, one of them will become injured.
  • The injury rate for someone who is training for a marathon  increases to 70%.
  • The knee is the most common area affected by overuse injury in runners, but injuries to all lower extremity joints and muscles are common.
  • One of the biggest risk factors for suffering a running injury is history of a running injury in the past.
  • The sooner an injured runner seeks treatment, the sooner they are able to return to running.

At 3DPT, we see a large number of injured runners, and our goal is to get you back to running as soon as is safely possible. We accomplish this through use of slow-motion video analysis of your running gait. The use of this slow motion analysis is important – it is the only way we can see the slight imbalances and differences that often exist from one side to the other and can often be responsible for causing the injury. This assists is identifying what we need to treat in order to get you healed and back to running.

As stated above, if you run on a regular basis, odds are that you will suffer an injury that forces you to stop running.  Do not allow yourself to become a permanent spectator – at 3DPT we have the expertise that will help to get you safely back on the roads.

Jeff Sallade MSPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS

Ken Guzzardo, DPT, OCS, SCS

Board Certified in Orthopedics and Sports

3 Dimensional Physical Therapy

175 Route 70, Suite 19

Medford, NJ 08055


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