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What To Do After a Fall

February 15th, 2018

By Angie Austin, LPTA Falls happen more often than you may think. In fact, more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year. (So if you thought you were along, don’t be ashamed!) Thankfully, more often than not, these falls don’t result in serious injury. But, if any symptoms or the reason

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Discs and Donuts: Why the Spine Needs Discs

February 13th, 2018

By Kieran Loving, ATC Why are there discs in our spines? What are they and why do we need them? To start, let’s talk about what these discs are. You may have heard the analogy that the discs in your back are like a jelly doughnut. The disc should be filled with fluid kind of

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Keep IT Band Syndrome from Slowing Down Runs

February 8th, 2018

By Cierra Washington, ATC You’ve probably heard of IT Band syndrome. But what is it exactly? Let’s start with the name. The ‘IT’ refers to the iliotibial band that runs along the outer portion of the thigh. When people refer to the IT band, they often have the misconception that it’s a muscle. Actually, the

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Agility: How to move quickly and easily

February 6th, 2018

By Cierra Washington, ATC Agility: the ability to move quickly and easily. When you think about the definition, ask yourself “Which sports don’t involve agility?” The answer: NONE! From golf to swimming to synchronized diving to football to skiing to wrestling, every athlete must conquer the concept of agility. Imagine a wrestler who has a

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5 Reasons the SI Joint Might Hurt

February 1st, 2018

By Kieran Loving, ATC What in the world is an SI joint? Why is it even important? SI joint problems can happen in people of all ages and fitness levels. I used to work as an athletic trainer in high school setting and many young athletes would complain about lower back pain or symptoms that

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Carpal Tunnel and Tennis Elbow: What Causes These?

January 30th, 2018

By Rachel Herrmann, DPT Let physical therapy give you a helping hand with your elbow, wrist or hand issue.  Physical therapy is not just about addressing issues in the lower body. Physical therapists can also treat issues in your upper extremities that impact the ability to type, hold, grip, squeeze and perform other fine motor

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Tendonitis: What is it and why does it hurt?

January 25th, 2018

By Alyssa Burke, PTA Tendonitis is a common problem you may have heard of or even experienced before. It occurs when the tendons that attach your muscles to your bones become inflamed. Tendonitis can happen to any tendon in your body but is most commonly seen in the following areas: Shoulders Elbows Wrists Knees Ankles

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Feeling Off Balance?

January 23rd, 2018

By Devin Wurman, DPT Feeling off balance? Why? What causes us to have difficulty keeping our balance whether we’re over 65 or in our teens? We have three systems that all work together so we have good balance. We have our balance organ, which is our vestibular system in the inner ear. We have our

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What Causes Discomfort in the Heel?

January 17th, 2018

By Misha Gilani, DPT and Xavier Thompson, ATC We spend a lot of time on our feet so it’s no wonder foot and ankle pain, discomfort in the heel and arches are common problems for every age group. We treat this often at Loudoun Sports Therapy. Foot and ankle problems make daily, functional activities such

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Fast Pitch, Slow Pitch, NO PITCH: Common Rotator Cuff Problems

January 15th, 2018

By Kieran Loving, ATC Who hasn’t used their shoulder at some point? Whether you play a sport like baseball, volleyball, football, etc. or not, you use your shoulder pretty much anytime you move your upper body. Our shoulders help us complete those everyday movements we often don’t think twice about. Think about reaching up to

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