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Using Physical Therapy for a Safer Run


Running may seem like a simple activity, one that results in many health benefits, but it can bring with it the risk of related injuries. This is especially true during the warm summer months, when outdoor running is more pleasurable. Fortunately, proper training can help to reduce this risk.
Most running injuries occur from overtraining, overuse, or poor posture and form during running. Common injuries include stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, shin splints and Achilles tendonitis. Even more frustrating for runners is that when injury does occur, REST is advised—the last thing a runner wants to hear.  Rest is a FOUR letter word!
Some of these situations can be prevented by engaging in an exercise program that reduces the risk of injury. However, the right training depends on a number of factors, such as a person’s

  • fitness level 
  • overall health
  • body type
  • running environment
  • previous injuries
  • fitness goals

For many runners, improving their distance run each week is important. To prevent injury, many professionals use the 10% rule, which means increasing the intensity or distance of a run by a maximum of 10% each week.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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