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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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Relieving the Discomfort-Spasm-Discomfort Cycle in the Neck

January 11th, 2018

By Kate Zanoni, LPTA A neck spasm, neck pain and general discomfort are common complaints in the orthopedic rehab world, and we’ve certainly treated our share of patients who suffer from various conditions related to neck pain at LSTC. With the high prevalence of desk jobs, the influx of cell phone use, computer use and

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Don’t ‘Back Talk’ a Back Problem

January 8th, 2018

By: Cierra Washington, ATC Let’s go over some statistics regarding back problems. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), roughly two-thirds of Americans suffer from lower back pain, but only 63 percent actually take the steps to relieve their pain. Of those two-thirds, 69 percent said that their lower back pain affected their daily

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Three Types of Swelling

January 4th, 2018

By Mike Bills, MS PT There are so many definitions of “swelling”.  In its simplest form, the term “swelling” is used to describe the response a tissue exhibits when it is injured, irritated or under undue and abnormal levels of stress.  For example your body can experience swelling of basically three types: Swelling related to

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Trying to Take 10K Steps A Day?

January 2nd, 2018

By Alyssa Burke, PTA Trying to reach that goal of 10K steps a day can be a challenge on its own. But when you are experiencing foot and ankle problems, it can make even 100 steps feel like a challenge. Your foot and ankle consist of tendons, ligaments, bones and muscles that take a lot

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Tips to Stick to those New Year’s Resolutions

January 2nd, 2018

By: Abbey Fecher, DPT Three… two… one… HAPPY NEW YEAR! The first week of the New Year is a great time to press the reset button and set some goals for your overall health and well being. Have you set any resolutions? Whether they’re related to your fitness, nutrition or even your mental health, there

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What are Those Nagging Aches?

December 28th, 2017

By Mike Bills, MS PT What are those nagging aches and pains we feel? To start, what is pain? Pain is defined as a distressing sensation in a particular part of the body. So let’s do a little self-assessment. How many times during the day or your week do you have some sort of pain

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What is Pre-Op Physical Therapy and Does It Really Matter?

December 26th, 2017

By Angie Austin, LPTA What is pre-op physical therapy? Most people understand the necessity of undergoing comprehensive physical therapy after surgery. However, few understand the benefits of preoperative physical therapy or ‘pre-hab.’ This is a program designed for you by your physical therapist that can help you achieve greater outcomes after surgery. Goals for PreOp

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