Focus PT - July 2018

The Key to Pain-Free Running

How Physical Therapy Can Get You Back on Your Feet

The key lies in identifying the risk factors that contribute to running injuries. In our initial assessment, we’ll take a look at your gait to pinpoint any imbalances or

When people are trying to get in shape, reap the enormous physical and mental health benefits of exercise, and transform their lives from the ground up, the first thing they often do is lace up their shoes and go for a jog. Today, one look out the window will tell you that there are more runners on the pavement than ever before — which is great, as running has been shown to help curb everything from obesity to diabetes to heart disease, while also helping to alleviate the simptoms of depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, though, runners also suffer from their fair share of injuries. One study indicates that as many as 92 percent of runners get injured every year from some factor or another. Some of these injuries are pretty minor, sidelining patients from exercise for only a week or two. But others are much more serious. In the worst cases, an injury can be completely debilitating, following an ex-runner for the rest of their life. Luckily, physical therapy is here to help runners of all stripes prevent and treat their injuries for long-term success. Whether you’re a recreational jogger looking to shave off a few pounds, or an elite athlete looking to trim down your marathon time, a guided physical therapy program can do wonders to keep you from succumbing to even the nastiest of injuries.

problems with your form. Maybe your leg turns inward as you take each step, or your hip rotates to compensate for inflexible muscles. Whatever your issue, it’s best to address it as soon as possible, well before it becomes a lifelong injury. With a guided exercise program, we can retrain the way you run, increase the strength and flexibility of your muscles, and get you back on your feet for years to come. If you look outside and itch to go for a run but find yourself hindered by pain or injury, give the experts at Focus Physical Therapy a call at 949.709.8770 and let us guide you to a full recovery!



This flavorful take on pork chops is the perfect centerpiece for your meal. You can serve the chops alongside a simple salad, charred asparagus, or any other summer veggies you want.


• 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

• 4 boneless pork chops • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar • 3 tablespoons raw honey • 2 cloves garlic, minced


1. Heat oven to 400 F. 2. Generously season pork chops with salt and pepper. 3. In a saucepan, combine balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, red pepper flakes, and thyme. 4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer gently for 5–6 minutes.

5. On high heat in an oven-safe sauté pan or skillet, sear the pork chops for 1–2 minutes on each side. 6. Brush chops with half of glaze and transfer to oven. 7. Roast 6–8 minutes. 8. Remove from oven and brush with another coat of glaze. Let cool 5–10 minutes and serve.

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