Running into the New Year

EPPTS Tips for runners

Many of our patients at El Paso Physical Therapy Services have started their new fitness routine as part of the New Year’s resolution. And for some, running may be part of that routine. Running is actually a great way to increase your overall level of health. Research shows that running can raise your levels of good cholesterol while also helping you increase lung function and use. In addition, running can also boost your immune system and lower your risk of developing blood clots.

Though there are many, many benefits from running, El Paso Physical Therapy Services wants you to keep the following things in mind.

Runners know how to handle pain. But how do you determine what pain is normal and what is cause for alarm? Muscle soreness that eases as you run can be normal. However, pain you should be concerned about may have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Pain that does not subside within several hours after running.
  • On a pain scale of 1-10 (10 being worse pain), pain that exceeds 3 while running.
  • The onset of sharp pain.
  • Pain that wakes you up at night.
  • Persistent pain that worsens when you run.
  • Pain that persists in the same area, every time you run. A physical therapist can help determine the cause of the problem and recommend effective cross training

Some think that physical therapy is only for those who are recovering from surgery, had an accident, or maybe even just for athletes. And while physical therapy can certainly help in those situations, it offers benefits any time someone is experiencing pain, weakness or mobility concerns.

For more information, please schedule an appointment with El Paso Physical Therapy Services at one of our three convenient locations or check out our website at


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