The UW Health Sports Medicine Runners Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin, is designed specifically with the runner's needs in mind.
A Popular Form of Exercise
Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise, with an estimated 35.9 million participants and 10.5 million people running an average of 100 days or more in a year.
Unfortunately, more than 50 percent of recreational runners and as many as 90 percent of runners training for a marathon will suffer running-related injuries each year.
Despite the high potential for injury, we run on. But what can we do to minimize our injury risk?
UW Health Sports Rehabilitation is leading the way to speed the recovery from existing injuries and reduce the risk of future injuries.
Whether you have been running for years or are just starting out, our team of professionals will provide expert examination and treatment of your running-related concerns. Physical therapists work in conjunction with physicians to help you achieve your running goals.
Two levels of evaluations are performed:
Running Injury Evaluations
Biomechanical assessments are used in combination with a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation to address injury and performance issues. During the initial evaluation, patients receive:
- History and running program review
- Orthopedic examination (i.e., flexibility, strength, balance, skeletal alignment, foot structure)
- Video analysis (below) of running mechanics
- Treatment plan development, as appropriate
All tests and findings will be reviewed with you immediately following the examination. If necessary, a treatment program will be implemented, with follow-up options discussed. Your treatment program could consist of therapeutic exercises, manual interventions and guidelines for a progressive return to your prior running level. Modification to your running form also might be recommended to correct adverse running mechanics.
Injury-related evaluations and services are billed to your insurance company. Costs can range from $120 to $480, depending on the services provided. Please contact your insurance company to verify your coverage.
Running Performance Evaluations
For patients interested in improving performance, running mechanics also can be evaluated. Our staff uses video analysis and follow-up discussion to improve your efficiency, reduce energy cost and prevent injuries. In addition, a brief physical exam also can be performed. If you are being seen for a performance assessment unrelated to injury, the following cost is payable at the time of service:
This is a 60-minute appointment that includes a 30-minute running video analysis, a brief musculoskeletal screen and professional recommendations related to footwear, running mechanics or exercise. The cost is $250, due at the time of the appointment. Credit cards are accepted.
3-D Computerized Assessments
For patients interested in state-of-the-art and comprehensive assessments of their running mechanics, including precise joint motions and forces, we offer three-dimensional computerized analysis. Eight high-speed cameras record the runner on an instrumented treadmill that measures ground contact forces.
Specialized computer software estimates the specific loads to the musculoskeletal system, enabling our clinicians to better understand factors contributing to injury and optimize treatment. Each patient receives an individualized, comprehensive report of the analysis in combination with our two-dimensional analysis, which is still important for visualization and patient education.
This cost for this service is an additional $250, due at the time of the appointment. The 3-D analysis can be added to injury evaluations or performance evaluations but must be scheduled that way in advance and will not be billed to your insurance. (The 2-D analysis can be billed to your insurance if it is related to an injury.) Credit cards are accepted.