Physical Therapy for Running and Sports Injuries in Kansas City
Running & sports related injuries can include those sustained due to repetitive movements or from traumatic events in sports.
Sports injuries can occur from a wide variety of mechanisms. Running and cycling injuries are most commonly caused by the repetitive nature of the sport and volume of movements necessary during the activity. We use overuse injuries with team sports as well. However, as opposed to running, we see more traumatic injuries such as ligament sprains/tears and muscle strains with these sports.
Running Injury Symptoms
- Pain in the muscle or joint
- Swelling and bruising
- Difficulty walking or weight bearing
- Feeling of instability
- Tightness and/or soreness
- Lack of flexibility in the muscle or loos of range of motion of the joint
Running Injury Treatment Options
Physical therapy treatments for running and sports injuries in Kansas City center around honing in on the cause of the injury—not just the symptoms you are experiencing. While treatment revolves around reducing your pain and returning you to your sport, the underlying problem must be addressed for effective rehabilitation. With soft tissue therapy, rehabilitation exercises and flexibility training, physical therapy can get you quickly back to your sport without the need for consulting with multiple different doctors for an answer and a “quick fix” intervention.
Our Treatment Process
F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic utilizes soft tissue therapies such as A.R.T., instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, dry needling, and joint mobilizations to improve overall range of motion and tissue resistance for optimal movement.
The physical therapists at F.I.T. will work with you to tease out where your specific dysfunctions are at play during your sport that are leading to your painful symptoms, and incorporate sport-specific exercises and drills to address the problem. We are in the business of keeping you off the sidelines, so we will do everything we can to decrease your symptoms without pulling you from running or sport.
Possible Treatments for Running & Sports Injuries
For other treatment options, check out our chiropractic services for running & sports injuries.
Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique (A.R.T) is one of the leading soft tissue therapies for the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.Learn More
Sports Medicine & Performance
Physical therapy sports medicine & performance can help athletes evaluate their in game performance and reduce their risk of injury.Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the most common running injuries?
Common running injuries include knee pain due to patellofemoral pain syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. Working with a physical therapist at F.I.T. can help keep you running while treating your injury to make you better than before.
If get shin splints. Can a physical therapist help with that?
Shin splints can develop from a variety of reasons. Our physical therapists are well trained in providing you a full evaluation and assessment of where your dysfunction may lie that is leading to shin splints. Shin splints, when truly due to muscular dysfunction, are treated effectively with physical therapy, however, it is important to rule out the possibility of a stress fracture in your shin that is causing your pain. Our team of doctors are experts at evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment to make sure you are receiving the proper care for your individual issue.
Can you teach my children how to prevent sports injuries?
Our physical therapists believe in not only treating injuries, but think prevention is key, especially for young athletes. As kids grow there are unique hurdles they must overcome with their bodies, which predisposes them to sports injuries such as muscle strains and ligament tears like ACL tears. Working with one of our therapists can help prevent the need for your child missing part of the season due to injury, as we work to correct muscle imbalances, improve proprioception and provide stability through the body where needed.
Tell us about your pain.
Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.
Visit your local F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic
Meet the team at any of our 5 locations: Lee’s Summit, Crossroads, Blue Valley, Overland Park & Shawnee.