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The Runner's Clinic

Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the nation, with more than 35.9 million runners nationwide and more than 10.5 million people running an average of 100 days per year. Unfortunately, nearly 75% of all runners are injured each year, and most of these injuries are caused by overuse and training errors. This is why we have developed The Runner’s Clinic at Shady Grove Orthopaedics.

Our Approach

The Runner’s Clinic is designed to help runners of all ability levels, from beginner to elite, stay safe. Our experts can help injured runners recover quickly from current injuries and reduce their risk of future injuries. We also help healthy runners improve their technique and prevent future injury.

Through a one-on-one running evaluation, injury risk assessment, and a customized treatment plan, we will analyze your current running mechanics, identify issues that may negatively affect your running, and make recommendations that will decrease your chances of suffering an injury.

At The Runner’s Clinic, runners of all ages and ability levels are evaluated by our physical therapist, who is specially-trained in the treatment and prevention of running injuries. An individual session with Grettel Collins, M.P.T., director of The Runner’s Clinic, will help you evaluate all aspects of your running.

Successful treatment of running injuries and a healthy return to running is based on a timely, accurate diagnosis and treatment. Your customized treatment program will minimize your injury risk and maximize your running performance, allowing you to redefine movement.

Our Services

  • One-on-one running mechanics evaluation
  • Injury diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
  • Body biomechanics, joint range of motion, strength, and flexibility assessment
  • Customized treatment program to minimize risk of injury and maximize performance
  • Running technique tips
  • Nutrition and training advice
  • Footwear assessment and shoe and orthotic recommendations
  • Performance and running mechanic improvement

What to Bring

A current physician’s prescription is required for your appointment.

Please also bring:

  • Current running shoes
  • Orthotic inserts, if applicable
  • Shorts and shirt appropriate for running

Your initial assessment is $150, and follow-up sessions are $75. Payment is due at the time of your appointment.

Injury-related evaluations and services will be billed through your private insurance, and insurance-specific documentation or pre-authorization may also be required. Please contact your health insurance company to verify coverage and benefits.

The Runner’s Clinic at Shady Grove Orthopaedics Certified Staff

Grettel Collins, M.P.T.

Grettel Collins is a licensed physical therapist with more than a decade of experience. Using her training and skills, she will coordinate and customize a treatment program to address your specific needs and goals.  Grettel is a running enthusiast who trains and competes in races ranging from 5Ks to marathons. She is extremely knowledgeable in proper training and race preparation.

Mark A. Peterson, M.D.

Dr. Peterson is a board-certified sports medicine doctor.  He is an avid runner, completing his first marathon in 2010. Dr. Peterson uses his extensive knowledge and sports medicine training to promote safe and effective running techniques.

Visit Us

The Runner’s Clinic is available at our Germantown office.

19735 Germantown Road, Suite 120
Germantown, MD 20874

Call (240) 454-6790 to schedule an appointment.

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