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At Spaulding National Running Center, we provide comprehensive treatment for running injuries. We offer physical therapy services and have a medical clinic. Both clinics focus their practice on running-related injuries, although we also treat individuals with musculoskeletal injuries associated with walking gait.

Conditions We Treat

We treat the entire spectrum of running-related injuries, including:

  • Runner’s knee
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Stress fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Lower leg compartment syndrome
  • Posterior tibialis tendinitis
  • Low back pain
  • Hip pain


Physical Therapy

Our research has revealed that many gait-related injuries are related to faulty mechanics, and that these faulty mechanics can be changed through a process of relearning new motor patterns. Unless the underlying mechanics related to injury are addressed, the risk for reinjury is increased. We have led the way in the area of gait retraining to reduce running (and walking) related injuries and will assist you on your quest for injury-free running.

The initial assessment is an evaluation performed by one of our expert physical therapists. New patients undergo an extensive evaluation, which takes approximately two hours. The evaluation includes:

  • Instrumented treadmill assessment of running (self-pay)
  • Video assessment of running
  • Postural assessment
  • Musculoskeletal assessment (alignment, strength, flexibility)
  • Footwear assessment

Patients will receive a full report including copies of your force measures and videos, videos of their running patterns and a summary of our assessment and recommendations.

Based upon this combined information, a clinical hypothesis regarding the cause of the running injury or injuries is developed. Runners are then given individualized treatment plans that include:

  • Strength and flexibility program
  • Gait retraining to address faulty movement pattern
  • Training program
  • Footwear recommendations

Learn more about the gait retraining program (PDF) >

Scheduling an Appointment

To schedule an initial running assessment, please call 617-952-6833. There are only a few evaluations available per week due to the in-depth nature of the visit. Follow-up appointments are scheduled after the initial evaluation and are typically covered by insurance.

Medical Clinic

Dr. Adam Tenforde is the Director of Running Medicine for the Spaulding National Running Center. Dr. Tenforde is board-certified in both sports medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. He has subspecialty knowledge in running medicine and provides methods to optimize non-surgical management for running injuries. The clinic uses innovative strategies to optimize healthcare delivery and patient convenience, including virtual visits that can be performed from the comfort of home or office.

Dr. Tenforde has the unique perspective of being both a doctor and a former professional runner who was an All-American at Stanford University where he contributed to three NCAA National Team Championships and later qualified for the Olympic Trials. He understands the urgency to get each runner back to her or his full potential and back on the roads to running.

To learn more about Dr. Tenforde's clinic, please visit his website.

Scheduling an Appointment

Dr. Tenforde accepts new patients and provides medical care at Spaulding Cambridge Outpatient Center.

Prior to your visit, you may be asked to complete questionnaires so that Dr. Tenforde can provide a personalized treatment plan. Some follow-up visits can be completed using Virtual Visits, an innovative strategy to complete video-based visits using a computer. These can be conducted in the comfort of your home, office, or other private setting and minimize the disruptions of travel and wait time in the office setting.

617-952-6800, Option 3