The Luna App

Available in

Get App
Call Us 866-806-3599

Physical therapy for returning to running

How physical therapy can help patients return to running

Running injuries are common — and when it’s a sprain, tendinitis, or another serious condition, physical therapy is often necessary to ensure the patient’s injury heals properly. Once the initial issue has resolved, many habitual runners are eager to get back to the track.

However, your return to running should be supervised by a qualified PT to ensure you stay safe. That’s because past running injuries can easily lead to future injuries. Only a qualified PT can ensure your return to running doesn’t set you back to square one.

Source: Therapeutic Associates

PT for a safe return to running?

Whether casual runners or professional athletes, most patients with running injuries want to return to running as soon as possible. Their initial rounds of physical therapy work to heal the injury, relieve discomfort, and provide post-op recovery. However, runners should not overlook the final step: PT for a safe return to running.

If you return to running too soon, you can easily exacerbate the initial injury and set back your overall recovery. Putting stress on your body before it is ready is not a safe strategy, no matter what your running level. If you hope to return to running for years to come, the best option is to work with a PT.

A post-rehab physical therapist can work with you to gradually improve your strength and form. Even if your pain has subsided, your PT takes the process a step further to ensure your activities are safe. By following a physical therapy routine, you can return to the track with confidence that your body is ready to run.

The most common reasons for seeking therapy before you return to running include:

  • Previous injury
  • Bad running form

Source: Trail Runner

What your routine will look like as you return to running

A post-rehab specialist helps patients return to running with a routine tailored to suit your injury, age, and lifestyle. Your PT designs a healing and training process that helps with mobility and strength. That process includes a walk-to-run progression, warm-ups, strengthening, stretching, and other appropriate exercises. The PT will also analyze your running technique and make any adjustments you need.

With the help of a qualified PT, patients can return to running with less of a risk of reinjury. Whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend jogger, the right PT can ensure your return to running is as safe — and permanent — as possible.

Source: Brigham and Women’s Hospital

On-demand physical therapy helps
patients return to running

Luna’s physical therapists specialize in helping post-op patients return to running. As experts in proper exercise form, your PT can help you avoid re-injury and return to the running activities you enjoy.

Best of all, Luna provides the simplest, most seamless recovery experience available — physical therapy on demand. It’s physical therapy, delivered to you.

Download the app

Enter your mobile number and we’ll send you a link to download the app (iOS/Android).

Ready to book? Download the Luna App to manage your appointments, message the Luna Concierge and your physical therapist, and more.