Running was Anika’s life at the University of Miami – up to 2 hours a day, 7 days a week. Her season was slowed down by a chronic pull in her calf. Her trainers used ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, weight training, agility drills, and told her to stop running for a couple of weeks. But as soon as she started running again, her pain returned.
Over Christmas break she took her mother’s advice and came to see me. An in-depth examination revealed chronic weakness and inflexibility – her calf problem was in the same leg that suffered a bad ligament tear and ACL reconstruction a few years earlier – predisposing her to an overuse injury. We instituted a simple, aggressive, and effective strength and flexibility program to evenly distribute the forces of the trail. A simple solution to what was actually a pretty simple problem
After 3 appointments, she returned to the University of Miami haveing conquered her problem with our help. She went on to have a great season, without any further problems. She graduated in 2008 with her Bachelor of Science degree, completed a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at the University of Miami, and is now a practicing physical therapist herself!
“Thank you for spending time with her and explaining her injury to her.” – Anika’s Mom