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Category Archives: Sports Injuries

3 Apr, 2019

What causes that muscle cramp or “charlie horse”?

By: Jeremy Schain, DPT Without a doubt, many of you throughout the course of your lives have suffered a“Charlie horse” or “pulled a hamstring” while running, playing a sport, performing activity or simply while going about your daily life. Have you ever wondered what causes this to occur? Furthermore, how can they be treated and how

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8 Mar, 2019

Why Stopping Activity Short Term Will Help Long Term

By: Jason Makoutz, DPT Overuse injuries are some of the most common injuries we see here at Loudoun Sports Therapy Center. Overuse injuries are most commonly thought of with sports, but they can occur from simple everyday activities. An overuse injury is simply caused by any repetitive motion or activity. Common Overuse injuries Tennis/golfers elbow

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7 Jan, 2019

How to Properly Start a Running Program

By: Angie Austin, LPTA The start of the year often triggers people to start those New Year’s resolutions and improving physical fitness or exercising more are probably towards the top of most lists. A goal as specific as running can create dramatic changes to overall health and well being. Benefits: Running is a great way

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27 Nov, 2018

What happens when your muscles don’t have proper strength?

By: Mike Bills, MS PT Typically there will be no immediate effect to not having the proper strength in a particular muscle in your body. The effects are usually more long term in the sense that “weakness” or lack of proper strength in an area results in excess friction on the bones in the joint,

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21 Nov, 2018

Avoiding high impact activities because of joint discomfort

By: Devin Wurman, DPT Knee injuries are one of the most common injuries that we see in physical therapy, whether it is sports related or just degenerative changes that occur as we age.  Some of the most common injuries are sprains and strains, osteoarthritis, ligament injuries and meniscus injuries.  All of these cause pain, weakness

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12 Nov, 2018

Want to shake up a previous workout routine?

One of the most common complaints that runners have after committing to a running program is that their running plan becomes “stale”, “predictable” or “boring.” A primary reason for these feelings is a lack of progression. Running at the same pace for the same distances or for the same duration over and over again can

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22 Oct, 2018

Three Components of Strengthening Programs

By Mike Bills, MS PT What does the word ‘strength’ really mean? In order to fully understand how to develop a strengthening program appropriately, you first have to understand what is really meant by the word “strength.” The word itself actually has three distinct pieces to it. Each piece is just as important as the

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11 Oct, 2018

Ever stepped off a curb incorrectly?

Have you ever “rolled” your ankle? Chances are that you have, because what is commonly referred to as a “rolled ankle” or ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries that people experience. Once an ankle is sprained the chances that someone will sprain it again are raised dramatically. Fortunately there are steps that

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5 Oct, 2018

Weekend warrior? Here are the injuries you need to look out for

By Alyssa Burke, PTA The season of 5k’s and obstacle course races like Tough Mudders and Spartan Races are in full swing. Whether you have thought about participating in one or are a seasoned race pro, you may have heard the term “weekend warrior” come up.  So what is a weekend warrior? This is a

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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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