Paspa Physical Therapy

Running Gait Analysis NYC

Sports injury physical therapy Manhattan New York

Want to take a closer look at your running performance, improve your running efficiency, and prevent pain? 

Scheduling a complete running analysis with a physical therapist is the best way to become more successful. 

Whatever your drive for success, whether you are an athlete, frequent physical therapy patient, competitive marathoner, or a new runner, our patients see results and improvement in a matter of months.

Top Running Analysis for Physical Therapy in NYC

Thousands of patients suffer injuries and pain because of their running form, from shin splints to pulled muscles.

At Paspa Physical Therapy analyzes your gait as you complete sports or long-distance running.

Our expert team can look at this video, find a sign of abnormality in your form, and brainstorm strategies to improve your running. 

They will analyze your running patterns, highlight deficiencies in your technique, and point out risk factors. Then our physical therapists will create a comprehensive plan to treat any pain and set you up for success.

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Running in nice weather is one of the most enjoyable forms of exercise for distance runners and sprinters. 

While running is great for cardiovascular health and provides an excellent outlet for stress, our body absorbs shock every time our foot meets the ground. 

Unfortunately, this increases your chances of injury to your joints and muscles.

The shock absorbed through your body can create pain in your lower back, hips, knees, and ankles. Therefore, it is vital to analyze your gait and have proper form while running. 

Legs of people running during a video running analysis - Paspa PT

Why Should I Complete a Running Analysis?

Runners with poor mechanics are more likely to suffer injuries than runners with great form. Improving your form can help prevent injuries, boost your training, and increase your speed. 

Paspa Physical Therapy uses biomechanics to observe your form as a whole, not just the individual parts. 

Biomechanics studies how the different parts of your body move and work together.

You cannot see the biomechanics of your body as you run. A gait analysis helps see if all the pieces work together cohesively in your stride.

A therapist works with you to analyze the video and, most importantly, start a strategy for a new and improved training process.

What Can I Learn Through a Gait Analysis?

Going over a running analysis with a licensed physical therapist can: 

  • Help you discover risk signs for injuries
  • Improve your performance 
  • Increase speed
  • Teach you about the strengths and weaknesses in your form
  • Learn training techniques and exercises to improve

You can expect specific corrections from your therapist about: 

  • Ankle instability
  • Knee valgus/varus or hyperextension 
  • Poor hip extension during toe-off and swing phase of gait
  • Landing short or long during the heel strike phase of gait
  • Pelvic drop or Trendelenburg
  • Excessive pronation or supination of the foot 
  • Hard heel strike
  • Excessive vertical oscillation
  • Excessive arm swing or pumping of arms

How Does the Analysis Work?

Your therapist will use high-tech software to record you as you run from various angles. 

Then, you and your therapist will analyze it frame-by-frame in slow motion to assess your movements and pause during certain moments to discuss. 

Slowing down the video helps determine how each joint moves while you run and how the muscles through your body work to control joint movements. 

You will also compare both sides of your body as you run. Ask yourself if you sense abnormal motions or asymmetries from one side to the other. 

Finally, your therapist will compare your overall running form to the ideal form and then see how you can work to make your form more like a normative one.

Analyzing Progress

The video provides immediate visual feedback because you can examine how the various parts of your body work together as you run.

You will see any unusual movement, and your physical therapist will explain how to change it. They will also provide you with corrective protocol and track your progress before and after shots.

Provide Individualized Protocols

Every runner’s stride is different, so your physical therapist will provide you with an individualized protocol to improve your alignment, deviations, and movement patterns. 

Their comprehensive treatment plan can include: 

  • A diagnosis of improper form or gait
  • A process for improvement
  • A to-do list of exercises and drills 
  • Stretches to aid in recovery 

This information can help enhance your running proficiency and improve your gait, whether you are an athlete or a casual jogger. 

We encourage patients to continue working with their physical therapist through multiple visits and track improvement over weeks or months. 

Motion Video Analysis Can Be Used to Assist In:

  • Overall evaluation of the functional movement
  • Gait analysis
  • Heightened athletic performance
  • Pain prevention
  • Test form and function
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation and recovery

What Insight Can I Gain From a Gait Assessment?

Through this assessment, Paspa Physical Therapy can give you insight into:  

  • Avoiding re-injury if you have dealt with hurt in the past
  • Decreasing stress on any previous injuries 
  • Discovering any potential future risks of injury 
  • Gaining targeted training and stretches 
  • Improving running efficiency
  • Measuring stress on your joints and limbs
  • Sensing, preventing, and treating injuries
  • Uncovering gait retraining strategies specific to your body

What Kinds of Runners Should Complete an Analysis?

Those who will benefit most from a running analysis include:

Patients With Injuries or Continual Pain

If you suffer from training, using an assessment is a great way to heal and focus on improving.

It can be frustrating when you do not receive a straightforward diagnosis of your injuries, and the pain lingers while you run. 

Completing a running analysis service is a great way to pinpoint the root cause of your pain, its location, and start treatment.

People running on a treadmill during a running analysis - Paspa PT

Passionate Runners

If you love the sport of running, you probably want to be able to run as long as you can as you age. By keeping your body healthy and measuring training, the analysis from a physical therapist can ensure your running days are far from over.

Competitive Athletes

If you are preparing for a race and want to become the fastest version of yourself, this analysis is the best way to improve. You can finish your race with confidence and success.

Complete Your Analysis Today

This analysis can help more than just runners! They also benefit people who walk frequently, athletes on a team, and more.

Would you like to receive insights into your running analysis and get a personalized report on your form? 

Contact Paspa Physical Therapy here in NYC and plan your visit. If you have any questions about our running analysis program or would like to schedule an appointment or service, don’t hesitate to contact our office today.

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