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Physical Therapy Fit for a Runner: Monika’s Success Story

When you’re injured or experiencing pain, you want to know that the physical therapist treating you is an expert in your issue. For runners, those experts can be found at Performance Physical Therapy. Our clinicians treat everything from common jogging injuries to post-surgery training, to tips for marathon training recovery, and more. And it’s something marathon-enthusiast and PT patient Monika noticed immediately when she came to Performance for treatment for running-related pain.

Physical Therapists with the Runner Mindset

Monika started running as a young person growing up in Hungary, where there were limited options for girls to play organized sports. When she moved to the US, she fell in love with racing, eventually running a couple of marathons in her 20s. Unfortunately, she dealt with chronic plantar fasciitis and had a hard time finding physical therapists who were able to effectively help or were in a convenient location.

She was fortunate to meet Performance physical therapist Dr. Brian Hay PT, DPT, MS, OCS through her running club. A board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist at Performance, Brian specializes in running and gait analysis, sports rehabilitation, orthopedics, and injury prevention/rehabilitation in runners (among other things).

“Brian really understood a runner’s mindset,” says Monika. “He was a great listener, always took time to explain the mechanics, and had the patience to deal with stubborn, chronic injuries.”

With Brian, Monika was able to address not only her chronic plantar fasciitis but also knee issues and other injuries that she encountered as she worked toward her running goals. And later when a sudden onset autoimmune disease left her in severe pain for months and with hardly any hope of running again, Brian and his team were key contributors to helping her get back on her feet.

Physical Therapy: A Place of Hope and Support