You can't cross the finish line unless you make it to the start line.

I understand running injuries, but more importantly I understand runners.

I know how frustrating it is for you to worry about your running injury. I also know how important running is to you. It is not just a way to stay fit--for you it is a goal, a passion, a way of life. Whether you are an injured professional athlete, training for your first race, or just love running, I know how to help.

Hi, my name is Mira and I'm an Edmonton Physiotherapist

My name is Mira and I provide sports physiotherapy treatment to athletes in Edmonton. Injured runners have been trusting me to manage their running injuries for nearly 10 years. They include runners of all levels from international level triathletes, Olympic hopefuls, to varsity level athletes; but most of all, people who just love to run and don't want to be sidelined.

I offer treatment at the CSA Physiotherapy clinic on 51 Ave in Edmonton . When you come to see me for your running injury you can count on receiving treatment based on the latest scientific evidence.

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I know running

I'm intricately familiar with the science of running, the biomechanics and the physiology involved, and what goes wrong when a runner is injured. This knowledge is what has enabled me to help countless runners just like you to feel less frustrated about their running and continue training towards their goals.

I get runners

I know that as a runner you are unlike other athletes. Running is almost a compulsive behaviour for you, and it is hard to stop when your doctor or other healthcare provider tells you that you need rest. "You need to rest" is probably the most difficult thing for a runner to hear, because being in motion is not optional.

I can help you if:

You are frustrated by a nagging pain or running injury and race day is fast approaching

You have a persistent running injury that keeps coming back showing no sign of recovery

You've tried exercises and stretches from the Internet, but they didn't help ease your pain

You have rested for weeks thinking your running injury will resolve itself

You've been told to stop running but you are concerned how this will impact your training progress

You have tight muscles that you think may be preventing you from performing your best

You are not alone

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Percentage of runners who miss training time every year due to running injury.

Words from runners I've helped

"I've had a chronic running injury for about 10 years now. My shin splints just won't go away. My sports med doctor has told me to find another sport, but I just love running too much. Mira has been able to manage my shin splints and help me continue with the sport I love. Initially she sent me for imaging to rule out a stress fracture and even though I still have mild pain I am able to run 4 times a week. She is keeping my pain under control and my running schedule on track."

FT - recreational runner

Help your injury heal faster

PHYSIOTHERAPY STIMULATES THE BODY'S NATURAL HEALING PROCESS

Heal faster and minimize getting injured again

Physiotherapy will help you get back to running in the least amount of time and minimizes the chances of re-injury. Resting may make your pain go away but rehabilitating running injuries is not about making you pain free, it's about healing. When you injure a muscle or a ligament the body repairs itself by building up scar tissue around the injury site. It is like glue to keep a muscle tear together. Unfortunately, scar tissue is brittle and the injury site becomes prone to re-injury. Physiotherapists have knowledge of advanced techniques to minimize scar tissue formation. This will not only get you recovered from your running injury faster, but will ensure that you minimize the chances of you becoming injured again.

Be active in your own recovery

It may surprise you that rest is not always the best way to treat running injuries. Other health care professionals may tell you that you need to rest to recover from your running injury and to stop running. I know that running is almost like an addiction and being fully sidelined is just not an option for many runners. I think of "rest" is a relative concept. It may simply mean reducing your trainign volume (distance or time spent running). It may surprise you that, depending on your injury, your recovery plan may include running more often!

Ready to take the next step? Call (780) 306-0808

If you suspect or know you have any of the following running injuries, I can help:

Treatment for the following for upper leg pain

Upper leg pain

IT band syndrome

Hip pain or knee pain on the outside of the leg caused by tension in the iliotibial band. It is a common running injury often due to hip weakness and resulting mal-alignment at the knee which increases knee strain and pain.

quad strain
Pain in the front of the thigh. This is an important muscle group used in running for flexing the hip and straightening the knee to get you up the hills and control your descent down.
hamstring strain
Pain at the back of the leg and lower buttock region. This is a group of three muscles that extend the hip and bend the knee. The hamstring is a major running muscle responsible for explosive power when sprinting and running.
sports hernia
Painful soft tissue injury (strain or tear) that usually occurs in the lower abdomen or groin area from activities that involve explosive power when pushing off and twisting.
Physiotherapy in Edmonton for knee pain

Knee pain

runner's knee
Pain in the outer knee. It is often due to pull of the IT band. It can be due to mechanical issues from both the hip and knee and muscles in the upper leg.
patello-femoral syndrome

Often felt as pain under surface of the knee cap, and is one of the most common running injuries. This term is however sometimes used to describe generalized knee pain. Irritation in this area can be due to issues stemming from the hip, knee, thigh or even the back.

bursitis

Bursae are fluid filled sacs that provide natural padding and counteract friction forces between bones and other tissue. There are naturally occurring bursae’s in our knees.  Bursae’s can become inflamed and irritated with overuse injuries or from prolonged kneeling or a fall. When this happens it can be painful and limit motion of the knee joint.

meniscus injury
Symptoms can include pain, popping, and giving way at the knee joint.  Meniscus is the cartilage between the upper and lower leg bones (femur and tibia). It acts as a cushioning surface between the joint when running.  When the meniscus gets torn, physiotherapy can help in conservatively managing and strengthening the knee to stabilize the joint.
Physiotherapy inEdmonton for lowe leg pain

Lower leg pain

shin splints

This is a general term for pain in the front, inner or outer lower leg (below the knee) with activity.  This is often due to increasing mileage too soon, a change in running surface or shoes. It often affect beginner runners but also affects seasoned runners who are increasing their training volume.

medial tibial stress syndrome

Pain that occurs in lower leg on the inside border of the shin bone (tibia). This is due to tension in the muscles of the medial calf or load bearing on the bone. It can occur from increasing mileage too soon, change in running surface or shoes.

calf tear

Lower leg muscles can tear when placed under significant strain.  This is usually felt with a pop sensation in the back of the calf which indicates a grade 3 tear.  This may involve surgery or can be treated conservatively depending on the severity of the injury

stress fracture

These can start as subtle nagging pain that won't go away with rest. They are tiny hairline crack in the bone due to repetitive mechanical stress. In runners these can develop anywhere in the bones of the foot or leg. It happens to women more than men.  It is important to properly diagnose and manage a stress fracture to avoid complications.

Physiotherapy in edmonton for ankle pain

Ankle pain

achilles tendonitis

Pain at the back of the ankle near the heel bone.  It can be due to overuse of the calf muscle with resulting inflammation in the achilles tendon.  The Achilles tendon is a strong cord in the back of the heel that attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone (calcaneus).

ankle sprain

This is usually due to “rolling the ankle” during running. It an injury to the ligaments in the ankle. Sprain are graded from Grade 1 (mild) to Grade 3 (severe). The diagnosis of grade of injury will determine the best course of treatment.

achilles rupture

This is usually felt with a pop sensation in the back of the calf which indicates a grade 3 tear. Achilles tendon is a strong cord that attached your calf muscles to your heel. It can tear when placed under significant strain. This may involve surgery or can be treated conservatively depending on the severity of the injury.

heel pain

Pain located in the back or bottom of the heel. This is due to achilles tendon pathology or commonly planar fascitis pain.  The plantar fascia is a band of tissue (ligament) that supports the arch of the foot. This fascia extends from your heel to your toes. When injured it become inflamed and weak and often causes localized heel pain with weight bearing activities.

Physiotherapy in edmonton for foot pain: plantar fasciitis, top of the foot pain, bunion stress fracture

Foot pain

plantar fasciitis

Pain in the heel or along the bottom of the foot.  The plantar fascia is a band of tissue (ligament) that supports the arch of your foot. This fascia extends from your heel to your toes. When injured it become inflamed and weak and often causes localized heel pain with weight bearing activities. Plantar fasciitis is a very common running injury. Most runners report pain or stiffness first thing in the morning after getting out of bed.

"top of the foot pain”
Pain on the top of the foot. This can be due to a stress fracture, muscle strain, nerve entrapment or other issue. It is common in beginner runners or those who have recently switched to barefoot running or minimalist running.
Morton's neuroma
This is a painful condition which involves a bundle of nerves between the toes (usually the 3rd and 4th toes) in the ball of the foot. This can cause a sharp burn often associated with numbness in the ball of the foot.
bunion

A bony bump at the first joint of the toe. This can be painful or non-painful with structural changes which thicken the first joint an makes it stick out. It is often irritated when wearing tight shoes.  Small bunions can also occur in the other toes.

Physiotherapy in edmonton for muscle pain: muscle tear, pulled muscle, compartment syndrome, muscle tightness

Muscle pain

muscle tear

A muscle under stress and tension can tear. In runners this usually occurs due to fatigue, weakness and improper use of a muscle.  A muscle strain can be classified from Grade 1 to 3. Grade 1 is minor damage involving micro tearing to less than 5% of the muscle.  Grade 2 tear is more extensive with partial tearing of muscle. A Grade 3 tear involves a complete rupture of a muscle and may need surgery.  It is important to be evaluated and treated to avoid a grade 1 tear from becoming worse.

pulled muscle

A strain to a muscle usually in the leg for runners.  This usually occurs due to fatigue, weakness and improper use of a muscle.  A muscle strain can be classified as a Grade 1 which is a minor damage involving micro tearing to less than 5% of the fibers.  Grade 2 tear is more extensive with partial tearing of muscle fibers. A grade 3 involves a complete rupture of a muscle and may involve surgery.  It is important to be evaluated and a treatment plan be in place to avoid a grade 1 tear from becoming worse.

compartment syndrome

Pain in the anterior calf (outer lower leg) due to increased pressure from swelling inside the muscles. It is important to diagnose this properly as surgery may be necessary .

muscle tightness
Tension or tightness of muscles can cause overuse injuries and may even eventually tear the muscle if not treated. Muscle tension may be due to local tension or due to biometrical errors further up or down the “chain” ie. low back pain, hip weakness, flat arches. Proper diagnosis can help alleviate chronically tight muscles by correcting faulty movement patterns and minimizing stress to muscle. 

I believe we are all natural runners

I work with your running philosophy

Injured runners who come to see me bring with them various philosophies about running biomechanics and training. I understand that there are a variety of opinions about many aspects of running. I have successfully provided running injury treatment for barefoot and minimalist runners as well as runners who wear traditional running shoes. I've also treated runners who run according to The Pose Method or Chi-Running. I am comfortable combining my knowledge of the human body with your philosophy to work towards a mutual solution for your running injury.

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Located in CSA Physiotherapy 51 Ave

10397 51 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 0K4

780-306-0808

Clinic Hours

Monday 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 8:00PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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