When choosing a specialist to help pinpoint a running injury, look for one who treats many runners. Ideally, your physician should diagnose your problem-and have a network of trusted specialists who can help treat it and ensure that it doesn’t recur.
A physician who sees many endurance athletes will likely have the experience and skill to accurately diagnose the problem, as well as the expertise to suggest safe and effective cross-training alternatives. Below are some types of specialists and what you can expect from each.
Depending on your diagnosis, you may also want to consult other specialists for treatment and rehab. A physical therapist, massage therapist, exercise physiologist, chiropractor, or coach may also help to get you back on the roads.
Polly de Mille (RN, RCEP, CSCS, USAT 1) is performance coordinator at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center and at the Women’s Sports Medicine Center.
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