This week’s question was….
As runners, we all get injured at one time or another and, even if it’s not an injury, it’s nice to go to a runner-friendly doctor or, even better, a doctor who runs. Who have you found locally that fits the bill? Which local doctor(s) would you recommend to a running friend?
As for me, I prefer doctors who run. They “get it” and won’t simply tell me to stop running or cut back or whatever.
Topping my list is Dr. Dan Young, chiropractor & owner of Young Chiropractic, who continually puts my body back in place. Dr. Dan is so knowledgeable about a wide range of health-related matters that even when it isn’t necessarily spine related (for instance, nutrition, etc.), he’s a FONT of useful info. Hell, he gives great parenting advice (I’m not even kidding). And, if he can’t help you, he always knows who can.
When I’ve needed P.T., Curt Cardman (Impact Physical Therapy) was wonderful. He, too, is a runner/athlete (and a parent), so he understands that an injury runs much deeper than physical in a runner, i.e. he gives great pep talks to keep you from jumping off a ledge while you rehab.
My personal doctor is Dr. Kevin Kuric. He’s not a runner, but he’s the kind of doctor that looks right at your face (not he computer screen), makes eye contact and actually listens to what you say. It’s awesome (and sadly rare these days).
So…those are my guys.
Here are some more doctors endorsed by local runners:
Dr. Greg Coppola. Also, Dr. Laura Mcintosh at Saint Vincent Sports Medicine (her location is the office across from the airport) and Curt Cardman (Impact Physical Therapy) who is an awesome physical therapist. I like to stick with sports-related doctors because it’s been my experience that with other doctors, once they find out you’re an avid runner, their solution is always to stop running, no matter what ails you. — Ginny Sackett
Dr. Jeffrey Kim at Saint Vincent Sports Medicine and Dr. Dan Young at Young Chiropractic. — Mark Dombrowski
Dr. Stephanowski was my doctor when I injured my knee. He also did my knee surgery. I liked him. Although he wasn’t a great advocate of me continuing to run (because of the impact), he said it was a choice I would need to make and encouraged physical therapy. After a good foundation of therapy and gradual addition of miles, I’m back to a 5K level and hopefully will do my first 10k this year. One thing I really liked about him was that he said it’s different for everyone and you really need to listen to your body. — Linda Straub
Dr. Leary over at LECOM. I have seen him for several issues over the years and he is very good about doing what’s necessary for long term health but also giving me the ability to stay active in the sports that I enjoy while rehabbing my injury. — Amy Cronk
Dr. Coppola and Dr. Leary who are in the same office. Dr. Coppola is on the board of Brooks or New Balance (can’t remember which) running shoes. If Dr. Coppola is booked, Dr. Leary is usually available and he’s great, too. — Al Hilinski
Dr. Dan (Young) the body shop man! — Chuck
The chiropractor that I see is Dr. Mark Weber. He has resolved several running related problems I’ve encountered over the years. Mark is a long-time runner himself, so he knows the right treatment to keep his running patients running. — Pat Rafferty
Ellen Jackson Strobel is my chiropractor. I run — she puts me back together. I have no idea how anyone runs without a good chiropractor. — Rhonda Berlin
Dr. Gregory Coppola…he is a runner and just AWESOME! Saw him about two years ago! — Christine Kalie
Dr. Coppola took care of a runners toe problem for me several years (and nails) ago. Also, Mark Courtney (owner of Runner’s High timing) is a P.A. and knows a lot about what can (and does) go wrong with a runner’s body. — Jim Lang
Chiropractor Dan Young! — Pat Krott
I can’t say enough good about Trevor Nash from Nash Chiropractic. I had a strain after a running a marathon and made an appointment to see him. After seeing him I went from not being able to walk without pain to running again within the week. He was very helpful and informative and took the time to teach me exercises that would strengthen the area so that the injury wouldn’t reoccur. He’s also a runner and cyclist — Laura Allen