I met Charlie at All Kinds of Fast Running Store in Phoenixville, PA. Charlie has a doctorate
in Physical Therapy. Bottom line: he can diagnose. Essentially, Charlie is what becomes before the MRI.
So if you have a nagging or acute injury and you're not sure if you should run, a PT doc like Charlie should be on your radar. He'll do a differential diagnosis and help you figure out your best course of action.
Don't go too excited. He may shut you down. But I guarantee you'll walk out the door knowing your best options.
Here's his website:
Here's his contact info: Charlie Johnson, PT, DPT, OCS
UPDATE: Dr. Charlie is entirely online now. So he can advise you no matter where you are. Go to his website, listed above, to talk to him.
If you need to find a PT like Charlie in your area, check out: www.abpts.org
Mark here. My intention with this blog is to provide you with resources that can help you navigate the challenges that come with running.