During the winter of 2019, I began experiencing back pain. I was told by one doctor that I was just too old to run. Not satisfied with that response, and after going through more traditional physical therapy with only slight pain relief, I sought out Kari Brown-Budde. I had worked with her in the past on some minor running injuries (plantar fasciitis, IT band issues) and was confident that she would listen to me and provide an honest and skilled assessment of the problem. I felt more heard after one 30-minute telehealth session with Dr. Brown-Budde than I had after months of numerous doctors’ visits and PT sessions. I worked with Kari over the next several months. Not only am I running again without back pain, but I’ve increased my mileage and am even considering a half-marathon. Dr. Brown-Budde helps her patients understand their bodies and gives them the tools to make changes. She realized that I was a busy working mom and gave me practical ideas for how to fit in my strength training and stretching. The telehealth format was not only convenient but also effective.
- Online Telehealth Appointment for a Busy Professional, Runner and Mom
- Online Telehealth and in Person Physical Therapy Client Testimonial
Having never experienced anything like this I was not sure what to expect! I can honestly say that I loved the process and found every bit of it helpful. You prepared me for the appointment by letting me know what exactly to bring with me! I love the videos of the gait analysis, and how you encouraged me to analyze myself once I got the hang of what we were looking at. I liked that you showed me so many exercises that could help me improve with my training but wanted me to focus on a few specific techniques. The facility is a great size and even though there are other people training at the gym during appointments, I didn’t feel distracted or that they were taking away from my experience. My treatment was great! I know your exercises and suggestions have helped me prevent injury as I have increased my mileage every week with ease. The scheduling makes sense and I appreciate that you are open to what the patient is most comfortable with and what best fits the individuals schedule and needs. Billing is also fair, as I understand the reason you do not take insurance. Plus, other medical professionals charge more for their services rendered and some (in my opinion) do not help half as much!
Since seeing you and applying the suggested treatment, I have prevented any other injuries from occurring, even though I have increased my mileage every week!! I could not be happier about this. Just last weekend, I ran 15 miles in the snow and did not experience any pain, strain or inflammation as I did the first time I attempted to run 12 miles in the snow. I am also so grateful you gave me the PT resistance band (? unsure of proper name) to use in my exercises. I really feel that this exercise in particular has increased my stability (in combination with the rest of course, but I really do see improvement with this).
- S, Very Happy First Time Client
Thank you so much for taking so much time and patience with me and for all of the workouts to get better. I truly can’t remember another person that has impressed me as much as you did with, not only your knowledge, but also your caring attitude. The depth of your dedication and “enjoyment” in your field comes through so strongly and makes your patients very very comfortable.
- L, Marathoner
Refined Run athlete, Beth, finished her third 100 miler this weekend! She was the 4th female overall! Incredible, Beth! Here’s what she had to say: “You know I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs with running and I have actually come out stronger thanks to you. Obviously there are weaknesses but you have always been there to help me address them and continue to. “ what an inspiration and pleased to get to be a part of her journey!
- Beth, Ultramarathoner
Life changing would be the best way to describe my experience with Dr. Budde. I contacted her via e-mail as my last hope after reading her Bio online (through a google search).I had suffered with chronic shin splints for over four years. I had been to six doctors and not one could help me with long term relief. I heard “just stretch” , “find another sport”, “you need insoles” and the list goes on.When I contacted her to ask her if she could help, she was quick to respond. She informed me that she could help me through an Online Gait Analysis. At first, I was hesitant because I wanted fixed and thought the only way possible was for her to see me [in person], however, I agreed to give it a try.The process was very simple. After submitting what she asked for, it was not long before she sent me the most detailed running analysis that one could imagine. She broke my running form and gait down to a very detailed science.After sending me my running form analysis, she also sent me the recommendations on what and how to fix what was causing my issues. I received followed up e-mails, strength training, recommended stretches, as well as details on how to correct my running form.I can honestly say for the first time in four years I am running PAIN FREE. Dr. Budde went above and beyond for me and she was the first doctor to follow up with me to check on progress. Without a doubt she cares and knows how much runners love to run.I would recommend anyone, novice to expert, to take the time and allow her to perform an Online Gait Analysis of your running form. It will make you a better athlete and prevent injuries. I am a running testimony of that.Because of her and the Online Analysis, I have signed up for another Half Marathon and a 50k for the first time in my life. She truly changed my life by getting me back to what I love to do-running.Thank you Dr. Budde,Luke
- Luke, Lifelong Runner with Chronic Injury
In the short time since we met, I have been focusing heavily on the use of my lower abdominal muscles and the activation of my glute muscles. Even in the first couple of days I believe I could tell a difference. I can now raise my right leg into running form without the contortion of my abdomen. And today I ran ten miles without any issues at all. I had zero hindrance, and finished my run end to end with no problem. That is easily the farthest run I’ve had in a long long time.
I ran a huge pr in cross and I stayed pretty healthy. I did a lot of those activation exercises you gave me, and my glutes have been firing really well. I really cannot stress how much I appreciate your help. Thanks again.
- JW, Collegiate Runner, Columbus, Ohio
I can’t thank you enough for the thorough exam, gait analysis and needling you provided me! I’ve had my fair share of injuries and visits with doctors, and it was a breath of fresh air to actually get to converse with you in great detail, and for you to understand my love of running, being a runner yourself, instead of only getting 15 minutes of your time and being rushed out the door. The evening after the needling session I did feel a bit achy, and the next morning I was sore (but not as sore as I expected). Then the second day after our session I had zero pain or tightness. I seriously feel like a new woman! I’ve been following your plan, and have noticed a marked difference already – I ran a 14 mile long run on Sunday with no issues!Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
- Molly Stout, Columbus, Ohio
The plantar fasciitis seems to have resolved and I’m close to where I was before.
The best part is that, after my disappointing Raleigh 70.3 in June, I did the Muncie IM 70.3 two weeks ago and had my best race yet. 5:25 time (slow swim), with a 1:50 run, averaging 8:28 min/mile, which I was thrilled with after a 2:35 bike. That run was 30 seconds per mile faster than my prior best, and the run was on a hilly course. (It was also faster than my pace at Cap City two months earlier, though that was just after my PF started resolving.) […]
Thank you. I’ve continued doing the stretches and strengthening exercises, and everything feels great. I feel more balanced than ever and my hamstrings and glutes feel like they are working more than my calves and Achilles these days. I think that’s a good thing. And I ran 7:36 min per mile for the 10k at the Ross Challenge Olympic Tri this weekend (7:14 min per mile officially!) Thank you!
- Sean Costello, Columbus, Ohio
My race went really well, I ran it in just under 2 hours at 1:57. Thank you for all your help 🙂 The training plans you gave me were amazing, I don’t think there was a single week I did everything suggested but even with that I still got under 2 hours, who knows what time I would have gotten if I actually stuck to the plan totally! If I ever want to race a half marathon again I’ll definitely be using them!
- Jemima Holzer, London, England, Online Coaching Athlete
Having never experienced anything like this I was not sure what to expect! I can honestly say that I loved the process and found every bit of it helpful. You prepared me for the appointment by letting me know what exactly to bring with me! I love the videos of the gait analysis, and how you encouraged me to analyze myself once I got the hang of what we were looking at. I liked that you showed me so many exercises that could help me improve with my training but wanted me to focus on a few specific techniques. The website is great and my only suggestion is listed above. The facility is a great size and even though there are other people training at the gym during appointments, I didn’t feel distracted or that they were taking away from my experience. My treatment was great! I know your exercises and suggestions have helped me prevent injury as I have increased my mileage every week with ease. The scheduling makes sense and I appreciate that you are open to what the patient is most comfortable with and what best fits the individuals schedule and needs. Billing is also fair, as I understand the reason you do not take insurance. Plus, other medical professionals charge more for their services rendered and some (in my opinion) do not help half as much.
Since seeing you and applying the suggested treatment, I have prevented any other injuries from occurring, even though I have increased my mileage every week!! I could not be happier about this. Just last weekend, I ran 15 miles in the snow and did not experience any pain, strain or inflammation as I did the first time I attempted to run 12 miles in the snow. I am also so grateful you gave me the PT resistance band to use in my exercises. I really feel that this exercise in particular has increased my stability (in combination with the rest of course, but I really do see improvement with this). Thank YOU!
- GA, Columbus, Ohio
I want to personally thank you for the Strength & Injury Prevention course (and all of your help before that). I managed a new PR on a more challenging course (Big Sur!), and felt better afterward (i.e., uninjured) than I did after Columbus in 2012. Thank you.
- Eric Hanneken, Columbus, Ohio
As a competitive age group triathlete it is imperative that my body functions at its best. As an endurance coach, it is essential that I surround myself with the best and brightest minds in associated fields. Dr. Kari Brown-Budde is one of the best investments I have made in my personal racing and coaching career. I met Dr. Budde after seeking a local professional who did dry-needling after I had experienced the benefits of the practice out west. My initial impression of Dr. Budde was that she was professional, well educated, and a very experienced runner, run form evaluator, and physical therapist. The thing I liked about her work most was that it was never one thing causing my pain or injuries. There was a well thought out approach to managing the inefficiencies in my running form, developing ROM where I needed to, and increasing strength in the areas that needed it. Combined with the body work and dry-needling I have managed to PR my Ironman marathon (3:49) and my open marathon (3:34 in the snow no less) with NO injuries. With the amount of pounding my body takes, this is spectacular. Any time spent on the sidelines is fitness not gained. I can’t afford to be sidelined and neither can my athletes. My advice to anyone who has spent any amount of money on doctor visits, physical therapy, foam rollers, shoe inserts, or whatever the new gadget is that promises improved times and decreased injury, put your money toward a visit with Dr. Budde. Dr. Budde is the only person I send my athletes to when they are dealing with the start of an injury or if they are trying to get through a big block of training. I call her a wizard for a reason. Every single time I leave an appointment I feel so energized, fresh, and ready to tackle the next workout. Thanks for all you do Dr. Budde, you rock!
- Lauren Updyke, Head Coach and Owner at Base Tri Fitness, Columbus, Ohio
This was out-of-pocket for me as my insurance doesn’t provide out-of-network coverage, but after the first appointment with Dr. Brown-Budde I knew it would be well worth it. One appointment with Dr. Brown-Budde is easily worth 4 or more appointments with another PT. She is not bound by what insurance companies deem appropriate as treatment options (i.e., what they can bill the most money for). This freedom allows her to use any and all modalities to properly assess and address the root of the problem, not just treat the symptoms. Another advantage in seeing her over other PTs is her exceptionally comprehensive skill set which includes manual techniques such as graston therapy and dry needling. It’s hard to find a PT as skilled and invested in her patients’ care and performance as she is. Having her as my PT has cut down time and cost associated with having to go to physical therapy because her treatment plan doesn’t just include rehab but also maintenance work and pre-hab exercises to correct movement patterns and prevent injury so I can keep doing what I love most – run.
- KK, Columbus, Ohio
The changes you initiated to my running form made all the difference and is the main reason why I have stayed injury free despite the crazy ironman training last year as well as the hard training for Boston! Thank you!
- RH - sub 3 hour marathoner and Ironman triathlete
Last May I began having left sided knee pain which progressively worsened as my mileage increased. As a Physical Therapist myself I started strength and coordination training which helped reduce my pain, however it did not solve the problem. After dealing with it for months I decided to make an appointment with Kari Brown Budde PT, DPT. I drove all the way down from Lansing Michigan for this evaluation and have been really happy with my results. Kari spent more time analyzing my gait, movement patterns, and form than anyone I have ever had look at my running. She gave me a detailed home exercise program that I have been following and can honestly say that I have been able to run without pain for the first time since last May. I am fatiguing in the correct muscles during my runs and am not having the pain and swelling that I was having prior to my appointment. I look forward to following up with her and seeing all of the progress I have made and becoming a better runner this year!
- Michael V, Physical Therapist and Runner
After my work with Kari Brown Budde I know that I would never like to work with another physical therapist, because she is the best. My name is Matt Long; I’m a US elite triathlete. Over the summer I developed compartment syndrome that required surgery. After the compartment release I began physical therapy with Kari. I cannot say enough in this letter to give Kari her proper due. Her professionalism and experience were evident on the first day, along with the fact that Kari was clearly a leader amongst her peers. Her personal investment in making her patients better really set her apart from other physical therapists with whom I have worked. She repeatedly worked with me well beyond my allotted time to make sure I received the treatment needed. Every day she greeted me with her personality that was so positive and encouraging that it always made me smile. She made me feel included and comfortable in the program, something I have not always felt in physical therapy. Kari’s therapy program itself was amazing. She was adaptable, knowledgeable, and diligent during my rehabilitation. She was able to teach complex exercises and instantly made effective use of all resources available to her. Finally, her expertise with Graston tools only further added to her already all encompassing program. As a professional athlete, I have been in and out of physical therapy for many injuries. I’ve been treated at my high school, my college, local hospitals, and even the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Kari Brown Budde is by far the best physical therapist I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Her personality lets her connect with her patients while she performs physical therapy on a superior level. I would recommend her to any athlete in need of physical therapy. She has made a major impact on my athletic career and I can only hope she has the opportunity in the future to work with more elite athletes and can continue to help people reach their goals.
- Matt Long, Professional Triathlete
I highly recommend Kari Brown Budde as a physical therapist. I have been a competitive athlete for 12 years, including competing with my university triathlon and volleyball teams and playing professional soccer. Throughout my athletic career, I have had to do physical therapy on four separate occasions, at three different facilities, including working with five different physical therapists in Ohio for knee (MCL and LCL) and hamstring conditions. For the past four months, I have been receiving physical therapy from Kari Brown Budde after hamstring surgery. Before I chose Kari Brown Budde as my physical therapist, I put a great deal of effort into choosing the best physical therapy that I could find. I solicited recommendations from physical therapists in the field; looked into dozens of therapists in Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois; and searched for informed opinions about the quality of their care. I made my choice based on the following criteria. I was looking for a physical therapist who was:
1. Knowledgeable about running and endurance sports
2. Passionate about their work
3. Willing to customize a rehabilitation program to suit my individual needs
4. A capable athlete themself
Kari not only met these criteria, but exceeded my expectations. The specific hamstring surgery that I underwent is very rare (less than a hundred people in the world have had it). When she worked with me, she thoroughly investigated the research on the specifics of my condition and was able to provide me with a relevant and customized care plan. Throughout the course of my treatment, I discovered that she is an expert gait analyzer, skilled with the Graston Technique, and very familiar with my needs and expectations, being an elite athlete and coach herself. Kari was attentive to every minute detail of my treatment, and was able to help provide me care far superior to that of any of the 3 other therapists that I had previously seen.
I appreciated the effort that she put into making sure that I recovered quickly and fully as she tailored her treatment to meet my specific needs. She was also available to me via multiple methods of communication whenever I had a question or concern. I believe that Kari sincerely cares about her patients’ recovery and will go the extra mile to find solutions that work for the patient.
- Patrick Leo Costello, Competitive Triathlete
THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU! On behalf of how busy you and your colleagues were this past week at Drake I would like to personally say ‘thank you’ for not only taking the time to help me but also showing me relief from what has been a two year battle. I felt exponentially better all through the weekend than I have in years. It’s been so hard waking up in the morning, trying to walk, that jogging or jumping or anything lower body I’ve had to discontinue. I’ve been wanting to walk around without pain for so long and I just wanted to email you and say thank you for helping me. It meant a lot.
- RM Des Moines, IA
“I have been seeing Kari for two years due to my numerous musculoskeletal issues throughout my body. She has been the only person with the ability to do several manual techniques that enable me to have much less pain. Not only is she a talented therapist, but also takes great pride in what she does and makes me feel very comfortable. She motivates me to continue to do the home therapy routine in which I make great strides. It was my greatest pleasure working with Kari as she has greatly diminished my pain.
- BC Hilliard, OH
“I want to thank you so much for your help during my training. It’s been quite a journey and I made it! Before starting physical therapy with you I was convinced I had to quit…your help has made all the difference and you made it possible for me to not only finish but also to cross that finish line with a pretty decent time! Being able to run my first marathon has been one of the best experiences of my life! and I intend to keep going!
- PN Columbus, OH
“Thank you so much for your persistence in figuring out what was wrong with my shoulder. You were the only one who could figure it out! You not only found the problem, you helped me fix it. Thank you for all the time and energy you put into helping me recover. You made a huge difference in my life! Thanks to you I am back to triathlons – and faster than ever!
- SR Upper Arlington, OH
“I finished the marathon! I must admit it was a great feeling to finish. I started to tear up because I couldn’t believe I ran all that way. I thought I would never run again! Thank you!!
- KF Columbus, OH
“Today I completed the Columbus Marathon! I could not have done this without your help, time, and willingness to accommodate me. I am so grateful for everything you have done to help me run the marathon today. Kari, you were right, I am ready to sign up for another!
- KD Columbus, OH
- WW Columbus, OH
Just a quick update. In the short time since we met, I have been focusing heavily on the use of my lower abdominal muscles and the activation of my glute muscles. Even in the first couple of days I believe I could tell a difference. I can know raise my right leg into running form without the contortion of my abdomen. And today I ran ten miles without any issues at all. I had zero hinderance, and finished my run end to end with no problem. That is easily the farthest run I’ve had in a long long time. I will keep you updated, and I hope to schedule a follow up in a couple of weeks. I really cannot stress how much I appreciate your help
- Frequently Injured Collegiate Runner