In Step with MossRehab Running Clinic
With more than 65 million Americans now jogging or running on a regular basis—a number that has increased by 70 percent in just the last decade—related injuries are becoming much more common. At the MossRehab Running Clinic, our unique approach not only promotes healing, but aids in the prevention of future injuries.
From elite athletes to novice runners, our experienced team of physical therapists employs the most current evidence-based treatments to evaluate, treat and educate our patients.
The concept for the Running Clinic was developed by MossRehab physical therapists John Feeley, MSPT, Danielle Olsheski, DPT, Steve Sepel, DPT, and Theresa Toczylowski, MPT. Avid runners themselves, they saw a tremendous need for a clinic in the Philadelphia region that focused on the specific needs of runners.”Our first order of business is to treat the injury,” says Feeley. “But we take it to the next level. We perform an extensive evaluation—a thorough biomechanical exam and a video analysis to tease out why the runners got hurt. We want to help runners understand the proper body mechanics of running safely and ultimately to prevent further injury.”
In 2014 and 2015, Einstein Healthcare Network served as the presenting sponsor of the two-day Health and Wellness Expo, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center prior to race day in conjunction with the Broad Street Run. The physical therapy team from the MossRehab Running Clinic was onsite to talk with attendees and to demonstrate the remarkable AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®, which supports up to 80 percent of a patient’s body weight during rehabilitation.
Beyond the Expo, representatives from the MossRehab Running Clinic hope to make an increasing number of visits to schools, companies and organizations to talk about injury prevention and to better prepare runners for races such as the Broad Street Run. The team also hopes that in the future, the clinic will be open to runners prior to injury—allowing the experts at MossRehab to evaluate a runner’s biomechanics while he or she is healthy. There is additional discussion about creating maintenance programs for groups of runners with similar issues, post-injury.
“The clinic is a new concept and it will continue to evolve for some time,” says Feeley. “There is so much more we can do to help runners in our region to recover from and avoid injury. We aim to help everyone reach their highest level of performance.”