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For runners, each step shouldn’t come with a side of discomfort. Hip pain is a common complaint among runners, ranging from mild discomfort to severe impairment. In Voorhees Township, NJ, Breakthru Physical Therapy specializes in diagnosing and treating hip pain, utilizing a focused approach to restore functionality and return athletes to their running routines as swiftly and safely as possible.

Common Causes of Hip Pain in Runners

Physical Therapy for Hip Pain in Voorhees Township, NJThe repetitive impact of running can strain the hip joint and surrounding muscles, resulting in conditions including:

  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS): Pain caused by irritation of the band running from the hip to the shin.
  • Hip Bursitis: Inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that cushion the hip joint.
  • Tendinopathy: Degeneration of tendons due to overuse.
  • Labral Tears: Damage to the cartilage surrounding the hip socket.
  • Muscle Imbalances: Discrepancies in strength and flexibility between muscle groups.

How Can Physical Therapy Help?

Breakthru Physical Therapy offers a multifaceted approach to recovery, performance enhancement, and injury prevention for runners and active indviduals. Here’s how physical therapy makes a difference:

Diagnosis and Assessment

  • Identifying the Cause: Physical therapists conduct thorough assessments to determine the specific source of hip pain, considering factors like running form, training habits, and footwear.
  • Biomechanical Analysis: They may analyze a runner’s gait to identify and correct biomechanical inefficiencies that contribute to hip pain.

Personalized Treatment Plans

  • Pain Management: Early treatment often focuses on reducing pain and inflammation through modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation.
  • Manual Therapy: Techniques like soft tissue mobilization, massage, and joint mobilization can alleviate pain, improve mobility, and facilitate the healing process.
  • Exercise Therapy: Tailored exercise programs strengthen the hip and surrounding muscles, improve flexibility, and enhance joint stability. These exercises target muscle imbalances and ensure proper hip alignment and function.
  • Flexibility and Stretching: Addressing and preventing tightness in the hip flexors, hamstrings, and other related muscle groups, contributes to improved range of motion and decreased stress on the hip joint.

Education and Prevention

  • Running Form Education: Therapists provide guidance on optimal running mechanics to reduce undue stress on the hips, teaching techniques that distribute impact forces more evenly across the lower body.
  • Training Modifications: Advising on adjustments to training regimens, including mileage, intensity, and surface, to allow for recovery and prevent overuse injuries.
  • Equipment Recommendations: Suggestions on appropriate footwear or orthotics can correct underlying biomechanical issues, reducing the risk of recurring hip pain.
  • Injury Prevention Strategies: Education on dynamic warm-ups, proper cool-downs, and targeted strength training exercises to build a more resilient musculoskeletal system capable of withstanding the demands of running.

Performance Enhancement

  • Strength and Conditioning: Physical therapists work to enhance strength, endurance, and power, contributing to improved performance and reduced injury risk.
  • Functional Training: Incorporating sport-specific exercises and drills to simulate running activities, ensuring that the rehabilitation process translates into better running performance.

Ongoing Support and Monitoring

  • Progress Monitoring: Breakthru therapists continuously assess progress, adjusting treatment plans as necessary to ensure optimal recovery.
  • Long-Term Health Planning: Developing long-term strategies for maintaining hip health and overall physical well-being, allowing runners to pursue their passion without the hindrance of recurrent hip pain.

Get Back on Track

At Breakthru Physical Therapy in Voorhees Township, NJ, we’re dedicated to helping runners overcome hip pain and get back to the sport they love. With a comprehensive approach that includes diagnosis, personalized treatment, and injury prevention, our team addresses the root causes of hip pain. Let us help you get back on track and enjoy every stride with confidence and strength. Schedule an appointment here or call  856.934.4722 to get started.

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