Running Injuries

Conditions / Running Injuries

Our sports chiropractic approach is perfect at treating and preventing running injuries. We have helped Omaha Runners of all ages and abilities limit injury and stay running. Regardless of level, all runners have one thing in common… they want to keep running.  Our chiropractic approach helps keep Omaha running.

The beauty of running lies in its simplicity and access. However, this often comes with a price. Running injuries have been reported to impact as many as 80% of all runners. Running injuries can occur for a variety of reasons such as problems with the runner, the running program, the running equipment, or a combination of all three. Our chiropractic approach helps runners get answers as to why they are hurt or injured and develops a plan to pain-free running.

Should I See a Chiropractor for My Running Injury?

Our Omaha Chiropractic office is great at addressing the muscle imbalances, joint restrictions, and soft tissue injuries that plague the running community.

Dr. Peters has a proven track record with runners of all ages and abilities. From senior runners to high school athletes. Division I cross country runners to those looking to stay fit through jogging. Our Omaha chiropractic office can help all types of runners. 

Hands-on treatment in-office and at-home exercises to supplement your running program. Dr. Peters provides answers and fixes to those pesky problems runners struggle with.

What Patients Say:

We treat all types of running injuries. If you suffer from any of the following conditions, Dr. Peters can help:

  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Pain
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Foot Pain
  • Shin Splints / Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
  • Achilles Tendinitis / Tendinopathy
  • Runner’s Knee
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Pain
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Meniscal Injuries
  • Hamstring Strains
  • Stress fractures
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Hip pain
  • Glute tendinitis/tendinopathy
  • Lower back pain
ankle sprain from running

The Benefits of Chiropractic For Runners

Running is a repetitive movement activity that is prone to overuse injuries. The majority (70-80%) of running injuries are the result of overuse injuries. The best way to prevent overuse injuries is to address muscle imbalances, joint restrictions, and faulty training before they become a problem.

Many people don’t realize that running is a high-impact sport. Running generates forces that are three times your bodyweight. Multiple that over 26.2, 13.1, 10k, or 5k distances, and you can see why running injuries happen.

Chiropractic care benefits runners by ensuring that your muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments are working together to dissipate the harmful forces associated with running. Mobile joints, flexible and strong tendons, and healthy bones will have no problem dealing with the forces of running. Combine that with sensible training volume and injury-free and pain-free running is not out of reach.

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How Will a Chiropractor Treat My Running Injury?

Our focus when working with runners is to quickly determine the source of the pain by identifying areas of key dysfunction through our physical and functional movement evaluation. Our chiropractic approach is focused on your entire body, meaning that pain in your knee may be due to weakness in your hip. Once the source of the pain is identified, we immediately provide treatment to the areas that need it most. Our sports chiropractic toolbox is filled with tools for the runner.

We ask the important questions related to running injuries about training volume and footwear selection. We partner with our local running stores to make sure our Omaha running community does not fall victim to inappropriate shoes.

We maximize treatment with adequate time in office and at-home exercises. Each runner that walks into our Omaha chiropractic office leaves with a plan to help themselves.  We strive to keep runners running during our treatment plans so they can stay on their programs and feel confident on race day.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are running injuries so common?

A surprisingly difficult question to answer because there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding running injuries. In fact, the only established risk factors for running injuries are training errors, elevated body mass index, and previous injury.

That is not to say that other factors may not be contributing, but research indicates running injuries are the result of the Big 3 previously mentioned: training errors, elevated BMI, and previous injury.

What are some common running training errors?

  1. Lack of Consistency: No solid foundation
  2. Spikes in Training / Rapid return after a break
  3. Too much high intensity – everything at race pace
  4. Poor Planning – tough for runners with a 9-5 job
  5. Lack of Recovery: More is not always better.

When should I stop running due to injury?

Pain and injuries that do not respond to our chiropractic approach may require rest.  Our history, physical examination, and functional movement evaluation catches the injuries that may necessitate a referral or rest. Patients can be confident in our sports chiropractic approach to diagnose their running related injury.

The classic example of an injury requiring rest and a referral is a stress fracture or bone stress injury. We identify these injuries in the clinic and can advise runners on the appropriate management.

We have a strong network of Omaha Orthopedic doctors that we can provide a referral to that excel in treating injured runners.

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