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Category Archives: Aches and Pains

7 Nov, 2018

What’s the difference between a strain and a sprain?

By Alyssa Burke, PTA I’m sure you’ve heard someone say they sprained or strained something. Maybe you’ve even experienced these injuries yourself. Sprains and strains are common injuries that affect the soft tissues of your body. You don’t have to be an athlete to experience one of these injuries. People of all ages and activity levels are

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8 Oct, 2018

Want to get rid of that nagging muscle tightness?

The benefits of routine stretching reach far beyond rehabilitation. Whether you’re an athlete, sedentary, a weekend warrior, young or old, active or inactive, you will reap the value of a regular stretching routine. In general, stretching is the elongation of a muscle and is used to help prevent injury and discomfort. However, there are different

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2 Oct, 2018

What is bursitis and how do I know if I have it?

By: C. Ashley Border, DPT Bursitis is an inflammation of a structure called a “bursa” and most commonly occurs in knees, hips, shoulders and elbows. Pain is the number one symptom of bursitis. This pain can be deep and hard to pinpoint. It is often described as “dull and achey,” and can radiate to the surrounding areas. Bursitis

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26 Jul, 2018

The Importance of Addressing Mobility and Stability

As physical therapists, we see this scenario play out all too often: you feel pain and the stretching and strengthening you do is focused solely on that painful area. However, this only solves part of the problem and does not address a key fact: the joints in our body have a relationship. They pick up

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26 Jul, 2018

Tennis, golf and other activities requiring repetitive motions

By: Angie Austin, LPTA This time of year is usually allows for more time in folks’ schedules to relax, go on vacation and even pick up hobbies they enjoy such as golf and tennis. Not to be a ‘debbie downer,’ but an increase in this kind of activity also means an increase in patients with

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16 Jul, 2018

What Are the Signs of a Pulled Muscle?

By Mike Bills, MS PT So what are some signs that you may have pulled a muscle? You will generally notice some level of discomfort either right away while you are doing the activity or in the following 24 hours. This is what we typically brush off as “typical soreness” after going for a long

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10 Jul, 2018

Why Daily Repetitive Motions Can Lead to Problems

By Kate Zanoni, LPTA Overuse injuries aren’t just sustained by athletes and weekend warriors. In fact, just about anyone can get them. If you have a daily walking routine but do not do any targeted stretching or strengthening, you are prone to overuse injuries. Anyone who plays any type of sport, has a job that requires

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21 Jun, 2018

Planking Your Way to A Full-Body Workout

By Kate Zanoni, LPTA It’s true! You can get a full body workout with one exercise. It may sound like a myth, but there is one legendary strengthening and stabilization move that will simultaneously work your arms, shoulders, chest, upper and lower back, abdominals, gluteals and quadriceps: the plank! Holding a plank is certainly a

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24 May, 2018

Ever done too much, too soon?

At various points of the year, we see an uptick in activity for various reasons, Maybe it’s New Year’s resolution time or the weather is getting warmer or more 5Ks are available to sign up for. Whatever the reason for starting or increasing your activity level, it is important to know that if you’ve been

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11 May, 2018

Don’t turn away from this discomfort

Neck pain is a very common problem for every age group and one we treat often at Loudoun Sports Therapy Center. Our patients will typically complain about pain along the middle of the neck, pain in the middle of the back and pain radiating into the top of the shoulder along the upper trapezius muscle

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