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At Loudoun Physical Therapy, we want to relieve your pain and restore your life. Our blogs will help educate you on various topics relevant to physical therapy as you recover and return to good health.

Just Sore Muscles or More?

June 14, 2017

Submitted by Dr. Holly Rigney, PT, DPT

Why are my muscles sore to the touch? What keeps me from gaining mobility even when I am doing my stretches every day? Why is my pain continuing even though I'm doing my exercises? Many things influence our ability to move pain free and participate in the activities we enjoy. Strength, neuromuscular control (the connections between the muscle and […]


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Injury Prevention for the Weekend Warrior

March 30, 2017

Submitted by Erik Kriel, SPT, CSCS

If you're like me, life can be pretty busy. Between work and life responsibilities, I don't have a lot of spare time during my week. But that doesn't mean I'm going to give up doing what I love. My friends and I play either racquetball, basketball, or a game of pick-up rugby at least once […]


Cupping can be used to complement physical therapy

Cupping – Is it your cup of tea?

December 5, 2016

Submitted by Dr. Nina Vani, PT, DPT

What is cupping? Cupping therapy is an alternative therapy dating back to ancient Egypt, China, and the Middle East. Although cupping has been around for centuries, it was recently made famous again during the 2016 Summer Olympics. The purpose of cupping is to pull blood to a particular region of the body that is inflamed […]


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Steroid Injection, Physical Therapy, or Both?

November 3, 2016

Submitted by Kimberly Phomsopha, PTA

Studies have shown that both physical therapy and steroid injections can be effective for combating pain and inflammation for certain types of joint-related issues - such as bursitis, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, and plantar fasciitis. So why choose physical therapy first? Physical Therapy lasts longer in the long run. Physical therapists will perform a thorough evaluation […]


Postpartum Pain and Weakness? Can Physical Therapy Offer Solutions?

October 17, 2016

Submitted by Dr. Genevieve Griffin, PT, DPT, OCS, GCFP

Going back to work after having a baby is hard enough but if you are also suffering from postpartum pain and weakness it makes it even more difficult.  Pregnancy takes a toll on both your muscles and joints.  Between the physical stress of carrying a child and the pregnancy hormone, Relaxin, which relaxes all the […]


Migraines? Does Physical Therapy Really Work?

September 2, 2016

Submitted by Dr. Genevieve Griffin, PT, DPT, OCS, GCFP

Physical therapy for migraines? Chronic migraines occur in about 15% of the general population. Migraine headaches can be severe and debilitating, causing the sufferer to miss extended periods of time from work as well as fun activities and everyday life. The cure for chronic migraines is generally elusive and many times, involve lots of various […] Read More...

Feel Better Faster With Direct Access

August 8, 2016

Submitted by Purvi Trivedi, PT

I lifted a heavy box from the floor at work a week ago and now it still hurts when I twist or turn. I love to play tennis, but afterwards it hurts so much that I can't open my file cabinet or turn the doorknob. I have been playing basketball for a long time without any […]


bad posture causes pain and stress on the body

In Pain? Problem May Be Your Desk Job

July 1, 2016

Submitted by Dr. Nina Vani, PT, DPT

Can work make you sick? Back pain, neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and shoulder pain are common complaints among patients who have a "desk job." People often find themselves stretching their back, neck, hands many times during the day due to stiffness or fatigue. Many do not realize the recurring headaches and/or body aches […]


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Relieving Stress Through Dry Needling

June 8, 2016

Submitted by Dr. Lindsay Coulter, Senior Physical Therapist, PT, DPT

What causes stress? Your boss wants your reports now, your child is sick, your family wants you to take time off, your staff are not producing as they should, or you owe the IRS thousands of dollars you don't have. These and others can cause you to feel seriously stressed out. Stress is actually a […]


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Avoiding Sports Injuries Even If You’re Not An Athlete

May 11, 2016

Submitted by Kimberly Phomsopha, PTA

Sports injuries do not always occur when playing sports. Sometimes they can happen even while performing simple activities. Some injuries are from accidents, but most are the result of not warming up properly, being out of shape, or using incorrect gear. The most common sports injuries are: sprains, strains, knee injuries, swollen muscles, Achilles tendon injuries, […]


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