Lee is passionate about his work as a physical therapist, and uses a unique and specialized approach to treating lower extremity injuries including hip, knee, foot and ankle pain as well as lower extremity strains and sprains. His goals are to get his patients feeling better quickly, and to assess and treat the root of the injury allowing complete healing and full rehabilitation. He also seeks to educate his patients and reduce the risk of further injury. Dr. Welch also has significant experience rehabilitating lower extremity post operative conditions.
Lee uses a multimodal approach to evaluating and treating lower extremity injuries runners and non-runners alike. 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 also works in our baseball and running performance location, BYoung Physical Therapy Performance Center.