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Running Injuries

At Back Pain Center, we see runners of all ages and abilities, from high school track athletes to trail runners to those running in their 80s. Whether it’s shin splints, foot and ankle issues, or knee and hip problems, we take a whole biomechanical approach to assess the root cause of running injuries.

How We Help

Our approach involves stability work, joint mobilization, gait retraining, and addressing the mechanics of the whole body to correct the problem. For instance, shin splints may actually be a gait mechanics issue or a foot and ankle problem that needs to be corrected before the shin splints can be resolved. Oftentimes, it’s coming from a dysfunction of another adjacent joint, and overuse or repetitive stress injury.

Mobility in the lumbar spine and pelvis is especially important in the gait cycle and running cycle. We do a comprehensive evaluation to determine what is driving the pain and dysfunction, and how to resolve it.

In addition to chiropractic care, we use myofascial release therapy, such as dry needling, Active Release Technique, and cupping, along with the proper stability exercises. We also provide custom-tailored plans for each individual’s unique problem to speed up the recovery process.

I had run a marathon in April of this year and had no pain or injuries during my training. I took a little time off to rest and when I got back into running and my kickboxing class I began to have some low back pain that ran down my leg to my knee and groin area. I also hid some flank pain that accompanied this as well. It went on for about 2 months. I always thought it would go away on its own, but I got tired of waiting for relief. I had never been to the chiropractor before visiting Dr. Nicholson. Within 6 visits I felt almost 100% better. I went back to running and feel great. Dr. Nicholson was so thorough in his evaluation of me, that he was able to pinpoint my problem areas and relieve the pain in just a few visits. I will continue to get adjusted in hopes of maintaining a healthy, pain free body. Thanks to Dr. Nicholson I am back in training for my next run. – Karin B.

Diagnostic Imaging

Sometimes we need to take a closer look at the damage level of tissues with running injuries, which is when we bring in our radiologist to conduct diagnostic ultrasounds. This helps us determine the extent of tissue damage, whether it’s a tear or a strange sprain, and even determine when someone can return to play after an injury.

Book An Appointment

If you’re experiencing a running injury, let us help you get back on track with our comprehensive approach that addresses the root cause of the problem. Schedule an appointment with us today.


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