From Pain to Race Ready:
Katarina Erlandsson, PT DPT
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
In physical therapy we aim to eliminate pain and/or rehabilitate injured tissues so that you can get back to your regular lifestyle with optimal function. Runners typically seek out physical therapy services for conditions such as plantar fasciitis, ITB syndrome, shin splints, achilles tendinopathy or knee pain - but also for other common issues that might be interfering with everyday life activities, such as low back pain or neck pain and even headaches.
During our first visit we establish your diagnosis and prognosis. Through a comprehensive physical examination, addressing every aspect of your musculoskeletal system and parts of your nervous system, we tease out where possible dysfunctions lay, and plan out how to address them. We discuss your medical history and current lifestyle habits, to see what may or may not be contributing to your ongoing symptoms. We then set up an initial rehabilitative plan for you, with your ultimate goals as guidelines - whether you're preparing for an ultra-marathon, or want to return to weekly 5K runs.
Physical therapy sessions typically consist of manual therapy (for example: joint mobilizations, myofascial release, massage, stretching), therapeutic exercises (strength and endurance training that addresses your particular condition), and neuromuscular reeducation (addressing faulty movement patterns, and muscular control).
We also incorporate other tissue recovery techniques, depending on your individual needs. These may include: Pneumatic compression (airfilled recovery boots), cupping, hypervolt-percussion massage "gun", as well as calming muscle-energy techniques.