Running Injury Treatment

Running Injury Treatment

Participation in sports or exercise is an important step in maintaining your health. Exercise strengthens your heart, bones, and joints and reduces stress, among many other benefits. Unfortunately, injuries during participation in sports (such as running) are all too common.

The more commonly injured areas of the body with running are the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and spine. Remember that you should discuss any exercise program with your doctor before undertaking such activities.

We are different with our treatment in that we treat not only the joint component of injuries, but also the soft tissues adhesion (scar tissue) in the soft tissues that contribute to pain.

Although bones can sometimes be fractured with running injuries, the most commonly injured structures are the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments). Tendons attach muscles to bones, and ligaments attach one bone to another.  When these injuries happen, the bodies natural way to deal with soft tissue injuries is to lay down scar tissue (adhesion) and adhere soft tissue structures together thus creating more load for other structures. This creates more dysfunction, injury, weakness and scar tissue to form until the body has no other structures to load and starts to produce pain.

The most common running injuries we see are:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Adhesions
  • Ankle injuries
  • Back pain/injuries
  • Cumulative Trauma injuries
  • Foot pain/injury (Plantar Fascitis)
  • Gait imbalances
  • Hip pain
  • Ilio Tibial (IT) Band syndrome
  • Impingement syndromes
  • Joint dysfunctions
  • Knee pain
  • Muscle pulls or strains
  • Myofascitis
  • Nerve Entrapment
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Sciatica
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Weight lifting injuries

We treat a wide variety of functional deficits and pain, including types that are not listed in this area of our website.  If you can’t find any information related to your pain on our website, please contact our office by clicking the link below.  Scar tissue can form in muscles without injury and can cause pain in many different areas.

Dr. Lambert started his practice in 1999 being one of the first doctors in Michigan to specialize in soft tissue injury and treatment.  He was certified in Active Release Techniques® Soft Tissue Treatment in 1997. He earned full body certification in Active Release Techniques® and has extra training in Biomechanics and Nerve Entrapments. Dr. Lambert was also the first ART® Ironman Provider in Western Michigan.

Dr. Lambert has since continued his soft tissue expertise by becoming certified in Integrative Diagnosis (ID) which is a more complete system to learn exactly how to diagnose adhesion, establish relevance and apply targeted treatment to help our patients better.  Learn more about Integrative Diagnosis by clicking here.

The steps to removing scar tissue or adhesion in the soft tissues are as follows:

  • Provider uses their hands to locate the scar tissue or entrapments.
  • The provider tensions the scar tissue with their hands or the IAR instrument.
  • Patient moves the specific body part in a series of proven positions to lengthen the muscle, tendon, or nerve.
  • Tension is generated on the scar tissue, causing it to break down and ultimately be absorbed by the body.

This procedure can restore normal strength, flexibility, and movement, eliminating pain and improving the performance of the muscle.

If you would like more information on how we can help with your soft tissue injuries please call us or email us at

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