Mary-Kate

Marathon Runner

San Francisco native with a passion for all things running.

Summary

Competitive runner with a 6 + month history of progressing right hip and hamstring radiating pain. Prior care consisted of imaging only and no treatment was offered or provided. Her MRI revealed bony edema in her femoral head. Her previous treatment plan was complete rest, with no rehab plan or investigation as to why this was presenting.

Problem & History
  • Decreased right hip stability and control resulting in increased load on right hip joint.
  • Moderate loss of power production resulting in decreased speed, early onset fatigue and poor performance.
  • Secondary low back, hip joint restrictions, beginnings of hamstring tendinopathy and altered running gait
  • Poor control on training volume and lack of cross training.
Solution
  • Initial focus was on low back, pelvic, hip and ankle joint and soft restrictions. This allowed the patient to tolerate rehab exercises with minimal pain, ensuring a faster progression.
  • Reduce training load with gradual build back.
  • Build pelvic awareness around running gait.
  • Lastly building strength with moderate to heavy resistance training to improve patients load capacity and force production over time.
Results
  • Personal Record @ Boston Marathon; 3 hours 17 minutes during her rehab program. She has since run a few more races and she continues to improve her speed. All after her initial recommendation was just to not run!

After regularly incorporating the strength work they recommended, taking their advice on improving my running cadence as not to over exert my hamstring by over-striding, and getting regular soft tissue work done…I have PR’d in my marathon by 14 minutes at the Boston Marathon this spring.  Mary-Kate

Before

The hips are tilted down and to the right, stressing the glute and hip joint.

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After

The improvement in the hip alignment represents her improved load capacity and reduces injury risk enhancing her force production and ultimately speed and recovery

Patient’s Comments
  1. Motus clinic is AMAZING especially if you are a runner/athlete. Meg and Lindsay are true professionals who will give you thorough and personalized attention while also being friendly and approachable. Since coming to Motus, I’ve learned how to improve my running form an efficiency and be well in tune with my body to prevent injury and stay healthy.
  2. Meg and Lindsday gave me tons of personal attention to really work through holistically what was going on.  I was able to come in any time something felt off and we would work through it with a combo of amazing soft tissue work and strength exercises. They helped me. and worked with me to come up with a program to help fix that for long term results.
  3. I especially liked that they really seemed to focus/care about me and took the time to explain what they were doing and why.
  4. After regularly incorporating the strength work they recommended, taking their advice on improving my running cadence as not to over exert my hamstring by overstriding, and getting regular soft tissue work done, I have PR’d in my marathon by 14 minutes at the Boston Marathon this spring, PR’d in my half marathon, and completed my first half ironman marathon!
  5. I would not have been able to do any of that without the guidance of Motus Clinic.
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