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Helping You Return to Running

The VCU RUN LAB helps all levels of runners. Physical Therapists Chris Thoene and David Hodnett work with runners to create a personalized recovery plan. Our specialists use their expertise and the most advanced technology to return you to running after an injury and equip you with the tools and skills to prevent a future issue.

Common symptoms that runners experience include knee pain, hip pain or snapping, foot pain, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, patellofemoral pain, SI joint pain, lower back pain, and ankle sprains. Identifying the cause of pain can help determine the correct balance of strengthening exercises, soft tissue management, and correcting faulty movement patterns to help you run safely.

An assessment at the VCU RUN LAB consists of learning your detailed running history, measuring flexibility, strength and alignment and a 3-D gait analysis. VCU RUN LAB is one of the only clinics in the country to use the instrumented equipment for 3-D gait analyses, helping you return to running without causing further damage.

Appointments can be made by calling (804) 364-6631. You should wear running shoes and attire, including running shorts or tights. Appointments take 60-90 minutes. Clinical gait analysis can be billed through insurance with a physician’s referral.