Dr. Runco’s is a San Diego Chiropractor specializing in the treatment of running injuries such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, runners knee, iliotibial band syndrome and piriformis syndrome.

The word "chiropractic" literally means 'done by hand' in Greek or 'practice by hand' in Latin.  Dr. Runco is a San Diego Chiropractor that has been fixing San Diego runners “by hand” without drugs or surgery for eleven years. Many running injuries can be fixed using simple and accurate diagnostic methods and treatment recommendations.  
Some people are wary or even skeptical of Chiropractic, wondering what adjusting their neck or back will do to help their knee injury or foot injury.  In fact, they are correct.  Dr. Runco does not adjust their neck or back in an attempt to fix their knee or foot.  As a Chiropractic doctor, Dr. Runco takes a detailed history regarding the injury, performs an in-depth orthopedic and biomechanical examination, and accurately diagnoses the condition.  After the diagnosis is made treatment options are discussed.  Not only will Dr. Runco provide the patient with the diagnosis but he will teach them about their condition, how they got it and most importantly, how to get rid of it.  Often patients go to doctors and receive a diagnosis and leave the office feeling less than satisfied. This is because what they really wanted was a solution to their injury, not a name for it.  Dr. Runco provides solutions.  He employs everything available to fix injuries including ultrasound, electrical stimulation, myofascial release techniques, Kinesiotaping, foot adjustments (yes foot adjustments!) home stretching and strengthening programs, running shoe prescriptions and custom orthotics.

"As a San Diego Chiropractor I have been treating running injuries for eleven years.  I have been the clinical director of the San Diego Running Institute for the last six years and during that time have run marathons in over twelve states, and run many 50-mile Ultra marathons.  I have seen and experienced the full spectrum of running injuries, how runners get them, what treatments work to fix them, and which ones do not.  

I know all the tricks of the trade for getting injured runners through their race even though they may not be 100 %.  Often runners come to my office injured, complaining that their doctor told them not to run, or their coach said they were too injured and would not be able to do their half marathon, marathon or Ironman.  After performing a thorough examination it is common for me to be able to come up with a “quick-fix” and help the injured runner complete their goal using simple techniques like a running shoe, an orthotic or sports taping like Kinesiotape.  

As a doctor, my goal is to utilize my many years of experience in the world of endurance running to help each and every runner achieve their race goals.  I know what it is like to train for months only to have a nagging injury start to act up right before your race.  I also know how to safely and effectively treat these running injuries and help you complete the race without making the injury worse. If there is a risk of making it worse, I will also be the one to inform you of the potential risks.”

Chiropractic, while once thought of as “alternative’ is now considered a viable and often necessary treatment.  When rest fails, and before considering taking powerful drugs, injections or even considering surgery try chiropractic.  The following is what WEB_MD has to say on Chiropractic. “Research has shown and contributed to a climate where chiropractic now enjoys far-greater acceptance than in the past. In fact, chiropractic is now part of the sports-medicine program of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Of course, you don't have to be an Olympian to benefit from chiropractic care. Each year, 20 million Americans go to the chiropractor, 90 percent of them seeking treatment for musculoskeletal problems like back pain, neck pain, other joint and muscle pains and headaches.

In short, while mild, temporary soreness after exertion is nothing to worry about, persistent aches and pains are a sign that you are overstressing your muscles and joints. It's important not to push your body to the limit while in pain, because this increases your risk of further injury. If your athletic activities are causing more than temporary pain, a chiropractor may be able to help.”

If you require further information after reading about your running injury email Dr. Runco at drrunco@sdri.net or call (858) 268-8525 to make an appointment.


Running Injury Topics

Plantar Fasciitis
Morton’s Neuroma
Heel pain
Achilles Tendonitis
Shin Splints
Stress fractures
Runners Knee
Iliotibialband Syndrome
Patella tendonitis
Patella tracking errors
Hip Bursitis
Piriformis Syndrome

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