At the Emory Running Medicine Program, we understand the mechanics of running and the stress it can put on your body. We offer runners of every age and ability leading-edge evaluation and treatment options. Our experts treat running-related conditions to improve performance and prevent injury.
Our team works together to develop care plans that meet your individual health goals. You’ll have access to a multidisciplinary team with a wide range of expertise. Together, they ensure you have access to the care you need.
Our specialists include:
- Physical therapists
- Sports dieticians
- Sports medicine physicians
- Sports psychologist
We start by getting to know you. Our specialists review your running history, including your training routine, shoes, experience and goals. We also examine your life stressors. Then we detail any prior injuries or issues affecting your running ability. Our team takes your whole health history into account.
Factors we consider include:
- Hormonal issues
- Nutritional needs
- Sleep habits
Your physical exam and tests typically include:
- Analysis of pain, including intensity, duration, frequency and history
- Bone density test and blood tests
- Consultation with experts in related fields, including nutrition, sports psychology, endocrinology, gynecology and surgery if needed
- Dynamic motion tests identify and measure incorrect movements
- Electromyography (EMG) tests measure electrical activity in your muscles during movement
- Imaging tests, such as MRIs or X-rays, view tendons, joints and bones
- Nerve conduction studies (NCS) measure the speed your nerves conduct electrical signals
- Range of motion evaluations measure flexibility in your joints and determines how well you move
- Static posture evaluations identify and measure muscle imbalances
- Strength tests assess imbalance, muscle weakness and endurance