Marathon Injuries and Rehabilitation

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To say that marathons demand a lot from the human body is stating the obvious, but marathon injuries and rehabilitation is something we do a lot of here at Back & Body, so the obvious shall be stated.

Marathons, as those of us obsessed with them know, are a punishing pursuit, not for the faint of heart.  One of the most persistent and prevalent causes of marathon injuries is faulty biomechanics, so let’s talk about that one first.

The mechanics of form.

Many will say that most marathon injuries can be chalked up to the nature of the sport and the long distances run in their course.  That’s true, but biomechanics can also be the source of unnecessary injuries.

Not everyone is the perfect fit for running, physically speaking.  We’re all put together a little differently.  So, if you’re one of those unfortunate people who hasn’t been gifted with the perfect biomechanics for running, you’re going to have to pay greater attention to form.

The prevent injury, it’s important that you consult with someone who understands biomechanics, like a chiropractor or physical therapist.  Either of these professionals can guide you to a better understanding of your weak spots and how to adjust your form to accommodate and protect them.

Most common injuries.

When training starts, many marathoners will have difficulty with their feet.  Inflammation in the Achilles tendon and the feet is very common, especially among newer enthusiasts.

Pain can also be experienced in the front of the knee and the inner shins.  While these are common injuries, they shouldn’t be ignored or endured.  Anyone suffering from any pain as part of their marathon training should be under the care of a medical professional who has specific knowledge about these types of injuries.

As the miles rack up, stress fractures become increasingly likely.  These are most common in the lower, inside shin and the front portion of the foot.  They heal in 4 – 6 weeks.  But stress fractures can also occur in the hips or pelvis, while training for a marathon.  Stress fractures here can take between 12 and 16 weeks to heal properly.

Rehabilitation and support.

The team at Back & Body is well-equipped to help with all marathon injuries and rehabilitation that doesn’t just relieve pain, but strengthens your body and corrects biomechanical issues which may have led to the injury.

At Back & Body, we treat the whole person, with multi-disciplinarian care that tailors therapy to your unique issues.  Any biomechanical challenges can be worked out with the support of our team of chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists and sports medicine specialists.

Under one roof, you’ll find all the rehabilitative support you need to restore physical balance, re-train your body to move in a way that helps prevent injuries and strengthen muscle groups which may have been weak.

Because we treat all kinds of athletes, from weekend warriors to professionals, we’re positioned to provide you with thoughtful, informed rehabilitation that gets you back out there, better than you were before.

Contact us to find out more.

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