Rachael first came to Penrose Physical Therapy in 2008 when she was running ultra-marathon distances and was having some left leg/thigh pain that we identified as IT band syndrome.
Through manual release of the tight quadriceps and the IT band she found early pain relief. We also identified muscle imbalances of weak hip abductor and rotator muscles and tight hip flexors. She was given exercises to do on her own to correct those muscle imbalances.
After 14 visits she was back to running 32 miles at a time without pain.
Rachael returned to Penrose Physical Therapy 4 years later due to an Achilles tendonitis. She knew she had success with us before and knew we would get her back on track again.
Initially a heel lift was provided to aid in providing slack to the Achilles tendon to allow for healing. Manual therapy was vital to her recovery to increase mobility of her ankle, calf, and Achilles tendon. Ultrasound helped increase blood flow to the tendon to aide in healing process. We provided consultation on stretching and strengthening exercises and how to progress back to running. Eccentric calf strengthening was critical in her recovery. She was also encouraged to strengthen her hips and core.
Over the course of 2 months and 5 visits later she returned to running and working out with her trainer to improve her strength.
A few more years goes by with successful running for Rachael. She was training hard and making great strides in time and volume and trail races. We are all human and sometimes ignore warning signals that our body is trying to tell us. Rachael had one of those weeks where she felt some tightness and increased fatigue in her calf. She was signed up for a trail race that was especially steep. She felt her calf tear but it was not a complete rupture. She was fortunate it did not require surgery.
She needed a walking boot to allow some healing to occur in the beginning. She was slowly progressed with range of motion and strengthening. We also provided manual therapy when the tissue healing allowed it. We provided consultation on healing time frames and when she could increase activity levels safely.
She returned to running in a very gradual fashion over a few months and is much wiser with her training. She is a runner that will push her limits but has learned the balance of keeping stretching and strengthening part of her overall success as a runner. She has learned that in order to run farther and faster there are key exercises she has to keep doing to keep her injury free. She has also learned the value of listening to her body and preaches it to others.
I have relied on Penrose PT for over a decade to help keep me running. Penrose PT and all of their staff have integrity and professionalism unmatched. In addition to helping me recover from injury, Penrose PT offers workshops to help prevent injuries in the first place. I've learned a tremendous amount at these sessions. I simply can't recommend Penrose PT high enough. Best in class.Rachel Jamison