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Seventy Year Old Able to Run Marathons

Posted by Dr. Tom Konicki
Dr. Tom Konicki
Dr. Thomas Konicki earned his B.S. in Biology at the University of Cincinnati and then went on to the Los Ange...
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Don Robinson is certainly an inspiration. At the age of 70, he has completed 60 marathons. And he has only been running for the past 6 years!

He completed a marathon this past weekend in Connecticut. Now only 2 more to go - Vermont and Kentucky - to have run a marathon in every state plus the District of Columbia.

This story wasn't so rosy prior to entering my office a year ago. At that point, his running had been shut down due to pain in his left ribs, left hip, left abdomen and left groin. The pain had started out of no where in his left abdomen and groin, gradually spreading to his ribs and hip like cancer.

The solution was rather simple - quit running. If he did so, his pain would go away. His doctor said,
"You're too old to run so far".

But this was unacceptable to Don.

He sought treatment with an orthopedist, who could find nothing wrong. Stretches and exercises from the physical therapist also did not produce the desired results.

Don came to my office after hearing me speak to the Ohio River Road Runners Club. I explained that a short leg and pelvic imbalance causes similar problems.

Sure enough, Don had a short right leg of 3/8 inch. This accounted for his symptoms being located primarily on the left side.

Whenever I see pain on one side of the body only, I'm especially interested in posture. That is, are the legs even and is the pelvis level?
I treated Don for 5 weeks with manipulation to his low back and pelvis. He had good muscle tone and we were able to level his pelvis through this method. He did not require a heel lift.

He quickly got back to running after an 8-month hiatus.

And on September 3, 2006 he ran the Tupelo, Mississippi marathon. And without pain!

He then went on to complete another astounding 5 marathons in the next 3 months. Again and again, he completed each race pain-free.

Don laments though his race times did not improve. He still considers himself slow but steady.

Don is humble about his accomplishments. But I am inspired.

I like to run as well and hope to literally follow in his footsteps when I approach my 70th birthday.

Chiropractic care has kept me running all these years and it has been extremely satisfying to help Mr. Robinson continue on his path to becoming a member of the 50 State Marathon Club.

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Dr. Tom Konicki is a board certified chiropractic orthopedist and has practiced for many years in South Dayton. You can reach him at www.kschiro.com or mail your questions to Ask the Chiropractor, 2165 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459.

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