Running Injury

How Runners Can Recover From Injury (and Stay Running) So They Can Keep Those Nagging and Aggravating Pains Away!


“5 Big Mistakes Runners Make That Delays Healing And Keeps Them From Running Pain Free!”

A Personal Message From Running Injury Specialist Physical Therapist, Dr. Nick 

  Are you tired of being told to “just stop running” when you bring your pain up to your doctor?

  Does the pain that you experience with running keep you from enjoying what you love to do most?

  Do you ever feel tired, frustrated, and maybe even a little down about your inability to run the way you want because of an injury or pain?

  Have you missed out on enough of the local races to be fed up with your current problem?

  Is the injury or pain you are experiencing keeping you from staying fit and being health?

If any of this sounds like you and you are looking to get permanent healing from your injury or get rid of the pain you are experiencing then you have come to the right place.

The amount of injuries that runners experience can pile up quickly, some that are small, some that are big, and others that are ignored (only to become worse over time)

My biggest concern is that all to often runners are given bad advice (well meaning but bad) that actually does not help them deal with these nagging and sometimes debilitating injuries. They are often told:

  • “You’ll just have to live with it”

  • “Why don’t you just stop running” (you and me both that isn’t happening!)

  • Just “rest for a little” and “see what happens”.

  • The pain will go away if you just foam roll, stretch, needle, or massage the painful area.

However healing from a running injury or getting rid of a pain that you experience during running just isn’t that simple……

……and if you are really struggling to perform the way you want during your runs or even worse are worried that you won’t be able to run again…

…..then you have come to the right place…..

At River City Physical Therapy we specialize in helping runners aged 30+ recover from their injury, get rid of their aggravating pains, and return to their normal running routine by helping them heal the body naturally.

We understand that it can be difficult to know exactly what you should when dealing with a pain or injury from running. There’s SO many options out there and you may have already tried a few.

But if you are still dealing with a pain/injury from running here are several reasons why it could be lasting longer than it should:

1.You thought it would go away on it’s own with rest but it didn’t

2.You went to the Doctor who gave you some pain meds or even worse……told you to stop running

3.Another runner told you that you should get used to the pain as you are “just getting older”

4.You saw another physical therapist or healthcare provider but nothing they said or did seemed to have long lasting relief

5.You decided to self treat through ice, heat, and YouTube exercises but none of those worked and even made it worse!

6. You bought a new pair of shoes or inserts hoping that would fix the issue completely.

If any of this has happened to you and you are afraid of what might happen if you make another wrong decision then we would love to help by inviting you to schedule a FREE phone call to talk to a Physical Therapist to find out what can be done to help you. Just because you tried many treatments before that didn’t work doesn’t mean there isn’t a solution for you. 

When it comes to treating a running pain or injury the BIGGEST MISTAKE that is often made (by Doctors included) is treating the symptom of pain and not going through the necessary process of understand the true “root cause” of the problem

Our goal at River City Physical Therapy is to not only get rid of your pain, but teach you how to treat yourself, let your body heal naturally, and give you a permanent fix to your problem.

At River City Physical Therapy we use a unique approach to help you get rid of your pain so that you can run further, faster, and farther without dealing with pain anymore.


Step 1. We Will Listen To You


This is one of our BIGGEST pet peeves. Nobody listens to the patient anymore (it’s all about maximizing billing, following company procedure, and being “efficient”). Here’s a thought…….how about listen to the patient for once.

Today’s healthcare system is stacked against you and often does not provide the solutions that you need. 15 minute doctor visits, standardized care where you feel rush, and lack of communication between you and your healthcare provider just won’t get you the results that you want.

There is NO one size fits all treatment for running injuries and taking the time to listen to your goals and problems is the single most important step before starting any sort of treatment. We want to make sure that you are comfortable working with us and that we feel you are a good fit for our clinic.


Step 2. Find the Root Cause


Each person is unique and thus their injury and pain is unique to them. What works for your friend or loved one may not necessarily work for you. All too often treatments are directed ONLY at the site of pain. 

But is that where the pain is actually “coming from?”……

More often than not the answer is NO. The pain is actually being caused by a different area of the body. This could be caused by a lack of strength in a muscle, poor flexibility in the joints, or faulty movement patterns.

Undergoing a proper assessment to figure out what the “root cause” of the pain is the second most important step to get you the lasting relief you need in order to run pain free.

Treating symptoms will get you temporary relief and feeling “OK”……..but……treating the root cause is where you get the PERMANENT relief that you want.


3. Teach You To Treat Yourself.


Have you ever had to rely upon multiple weekly visits to get the treatment you need? Causing you to spend more of your time and money than you would like?

The truth of the matter is that multiple visits per week is often NOT necessary to heal from injury despite what you’ve been told.

At River City Physical Therapy we give you everything you need at each stage of your rehab to work on at home so you can provide an optimal healing environment for your pain/ injury.

You’ll know exactly what exercises, stretches, and techniques you should be working on at home. You will have the tools you need to help treat yourself. 

This way you can maximize the time spent out of the clinic working on whats most important to you…….running pain free.

We offer a Free 30 Minute discovery visit at NO risk to you. You can come in to meet us so we can have an honest conversation about what your problem is, your struggles, what you would like to achieve, and for us to decide if we would be a good fit to work together. You’ll walk a way with a better idea of what is going on and what you need to do about it.


Here’s to you running pain free again!

Dr. Nick Scotto

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Look Who Else Came To River City Physical Therapy And Left Feeling Happy, Healthy, and More Active…

I was struggling with a pain in my hip since I ran a 10 mile run. I did everything I knew and could not get rid of the pain. I was limping and could not run more than 2 miles before I had to walk. I am training for the Boston Marathon!! I went to see Nick. The first visit was a thorough assessment !! I was also given exercises to do. I did them! My pain went from an 8 to a 4. After my 2nd visit, more assessment and adding another exercise, I am now running long distance totally pain free!!!!!!!! THANK YOU NICK!!

Teresa, Runner, Jacksonville

I had been experiencing pain in my heel and arch when I would run but especially when I first stepped out of bed in the morning. I signed up for an evaluation where I expected the typical chat with the doctor, a few exercises and then see him next week. I was totally wrong. He took the time to make sure he understood the issue and then came up with a game plan. The plan was for 2-6 weeks of treatments and he delivered in 4! I ran a half marathon in the hills of Kentucky with ZERO pain! I am also back getting out of bed without any issues! I have been asking my husband to go get his foot worked on and I would definitely recommend River City Physical Therapy to anyone!

Kathy, Runner, Jacksonville

For years I had been experiencing hip and knee issues while running which lead to many injuries. My previous healthcare providers could offer no solution other than to quit running. That was not an option. After one consultation and session with Dr. Nick, he was able to pinpoint the problem and provide helpful information that has allowed me to run without pain for weeks. I would recommend him to anyone that is experiencing pain or that has been advised to stop certain activities to stop the pain. He is amazing

Michelle, Runner, Jacksonville

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