While injuries to the knees, hips, and ankles are common among runners, back pain and injury are still possibilities during any form of physical exercise. Physical therapists agree that while running is good for your back health overall, your back can become injured if you are not careful. People who are new to running or who are increasing the intensity of their runs may be at higher risk for lower back pain when running.
How can virtual physical therapy prevent lower back pain when running?
If you have experienced lower back pain when running, a virtual physical therapist can help. They can help you address the cause of your pain and work with you to relieve and treat it. Here are three ways your virtual physical therapist can help:
- Determining the source of your pain — Your lower back pain may be caused by an increase in the intensity of your runs that your body was not prepared for. You may be running for the first time, or for the first time after an injury. Your virtual physical therapist will screen you with an interview and a movement assessment to diagnose the cause of your lower back pain.
- Guiding you through exercises — Your virtual physical therapist can guide you through therapeutic exercises designed to help relieve your back pain, increase your mobility and relieve tension. These exercises will also strengthen your back, which can help prevent injury in the future.
- Assessing and correcting your gait — You may be experiencing lower back pain when running due to improper posture and running technique. Your physical therapist can coach you in strengthening the correct muscles and improving your form, so that you aren’t bothered by lower back pain in the future.
How can I begin virtual physical therapy for my lower back pain?
Agile Virtual Physical Therapy can get you back up and running again from the comfort and convenience of your own home. Our physical therapy patients receive direct, face-to-face guidance from a licensed physical therapist without having to leave their home.
Our specialists can meet with you regularly to adjust your plan and check on your progress. A free screening can help us create a virtual physical therapy plan that is perfectly suited to your needs, so that you can get back to running without pain.
Contact our team today for more information about virtual PT for lower back pain when running or to schedule an initial appointment.