For Immediate Release: October 27, 2014
Eric Cardin, SCPT Executive Director, 508-832-2628
HAMPTON, NH _ The number of people who run throughout the world today continues to grow. In fact, according to the Running USA, since 2003 half-marathons (13.1 miles) are sited as the fastest growing road race distance in the United States.
With the number of runners continuing to rise, it’s no surprise that more people are turning to physical therapists to treat mild and severe injuries that stem from running.
Numerous members of the South County Physical Therapy, Inc.’s (SCPT) staff are avid runners themselves, and have a passion for this endurance sport. Recently three SCPT team members, Jennifer Lenkauskas, Jenny Cellucci and Tricia Malone, participated in one of the most well-known marathons in the region, the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.
For Jennifer Lenkauskas, Assistant Clinical Director at SCPT’s East Main Street Westborough location, the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon was the eighth half marathon she has completed and the second time she has run in this half marathon.
“I also ran the Spring Festival 5K in Westborough, and placed third in my age division,” she said.
SCPT’s staff members are experts in treating the numerous injuries that plague runners, partly due to the fact that many SCPT staff members are runners themselves. Common injuries treated by SCPT physical therapists include:
- ITB Syndrome (Ililotibial Band Syndrome) a common overuse injury among runners.
- Patellar tendonitis – an injury that affects the tendon connecting your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone.
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome – also known as runner’s knee and is characterized by pain around and under the kneecap.
- Ankle sprains.
- Hip flexor strains.
- Achilles and other foot tendonitis issues.
“We treat these injuries based on current evidence that is based on practice and using a variety of techniques including the Graston® Technique, deep tissue massage, use of kinesio tape, use of foam rollers, corrective and therapeutic exercises and stretching exercises,” Lenkauskas said. “These treatment modalities, in addition to proper guidelines for a return to running, can bring runners back to the road to reach their next milestone.”
Since many SCPT staff members are runners, they are in the unique position of truly understanding what runners may encounter.
“I definitely feel that my personal experience as a runner helps me to better understand and treat the runners who are referred to SCPT,” said Lenkauskas. “I have also had the first hand experience of rehabilitating an injury of my own, so I know how it feels to be unable to do what you want and have to build back up to a level of training necessary for a longer distance race.”
“Having that personal connection and understanding with a runner gives them an added level of confidence and assurance that we not only have the skill set and knowledge to help them, but also a deeper understanding that comes from being runners ourselves,” said SCPT Executive Director Eric Cardin.
For more information on SCPT’s therapy and treatment plans for runners, visit www.southcountypt.com.
For nearly 30 years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. As a privately owned company, the organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in the communities it serves, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness. The company offers six locations in Central Massachusetts that include: Auburn, Charlton, Millbury, Westborough (East Main Street and Oak Street) and Worcester. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com.
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