Dr. Welch is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Physical Therapist with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of lower extremity injuries, with a sub-specialty in runners and endurance athletes.

Lee is passionate about his work as a physical therapist, and uses a unique and specialized approach to treating lower extremity injuries. His goals are to get runners pain free as quickly as possible. He does this by using manual therapy and dry needling techniques, and to assess and treat the root of the injury allowing complete healing and full rehabilitation, and to reduce the risk of further injury. Lee uses a multimodal approach to evaluating and treating running athletes. This includes a comprehensive evaluation and formalized gait assessment. In addition, he incorporates a variety of skilled manual therapy techniques, dry needling, functional exercise, and biomechanical running re-education programs. Each program is personalized to each individual patient based on their personal presentation and history.

Lee has worked as researcher in the Running Assessment Clinic and the Human Movement Laboratory at ECU. He has extensive experience with gait analysis in runners. He has over a decade of experience performing both 2D and 3D biomechanical gait analysis.

Lee has spent years coaching and educating runners. With a passion for education, Lee, Erin, and The Running PTs host clinics and symposiums on running related topics. These include running biomechanics and injury prevention. Lee is a guest lecturer at ECU’s Physical Therapy department in their Running Special Topics Course. Dr. Welch is well versed in the running literature and has published research and articles about running. He has also guest authored on running-related topics. Additionally, Dr. Welch assisted the athletic trainers for the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2011–2012 season.

Lee has been recognized as a physical therapist demonstrating dedication to the profession, for his academic achievement, and for a commitment to a career in physical therapy.

Lee is the co-owner of BYoung Physical Therapy, an upper extremity and baseball specialty clinic in Apex. Brandon and Lee also co-own The Running PTs in Cary; a lower extremity and running specialty clinic to complement the existing BYoung PT office in Apex.

The Running PTs Icon Erin The Running PT Lee Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist Specialties

Research & Publications

Honors & Awards

  • Student Academic Award
  • Outstanding Research Award
  • Quality Assurance Award
  • George Hamilton Scholarship for Academic Achievement Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

  • American Physical Therapy Association, Member of the Orthopaedic Section
  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists – Orthopaedic Certified Specialist
The Running PTs Cary NC Dry Needling Gait Analysis Athlete Recovery Running Injury quote icon

“Lee exemplifies what it means to be a compassionate, educated, and dedicated physical therapist. As a runner himself, he understands the unique complexity involved when injury sidelines or otherwise interferes with training. With 6 weeks until the NYC Marathon, I strained my calf and could not bear to walk, let alone run. I feared the worst, but I immediately sought Lee’s help and guidance. He worked with me to develop a comprehensive plan to get me back running again and with 3 weeks until the race, I was able to ease back into running. I crossed that finish line with no calf pain and an over ten-minute Boston Qualifying time! I continue to have no pain with my calf and give him all the credit in the world for helping me get to this point because I still have no idea how I was able to run a marathon so soon after that kind of an injury. After my race, he spent time reviewing some prehab work with me so I can keep myself healthy. I highly recommend any injured runner make his or her way over to see Lee and stop living with the pain. He made me a priority and I know he will do the same for you because he loves what he does and that is very evident in his work.”

AMY S.

Contact Us

Please submit the following form and we will be in touch within one business day. Need immediate help? Call 919-803-3398.