LoudounPT_Injuries Are a Real Pain in the Back

GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF BACK PAIN Therearealotofdifferentreasonsastowhyyoumaybeexperiencing back pain, and ignoring any of them is not a good idea. Someofthemostcommonissuesthatcausebackpaintolingerinclude: • Muscle sprain or strain • Slipped vertebrae or disc • Tear or hyperextension to the supporting muscles or tendons • Arthritis Theseconcernscandevelopasaresultofamyriadofenvironmental issues,suchashavingpoorposture,prolongedsedentaryactivity,car crash, sporting accident, stress, heavy lifting, and so on. When It Comes to Back Pain, Don’t Wait! When you experience an injury to your back, or realize that you are experiencingregularpainasaresultofanongoing injuryoroveruse, it is important to find out the cause of your back pain as quickly as possible. Back pain can quickly become chronic, as a potentially small issue can become complicated when it is not addressed early on. Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify thedifferencebetweenenvironmentalcausesandsomethingmore medically based. To get started with putting an end to your back pain, schedule an appointment at loudounpt.com/newsletter- request-appointment/ or call our Leesburg (703-443- 6700) or Lansdowne (703-858-9880) clinics.

FEBRUARY: HEART HEALTH MONTH DOWHAT’S GOOD FOR THE HEART

1. Aim for lucky number seven. Young and middle-age adults who sleep 7 hours a night have less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those whosleep5hoursor lessor those who sleep 9 hours or more. 2. Keep the pressure off. Get your blood pressure checked every 3-5 years if you’re 18-39. If you’re 40 or older, or if you have high blood pressure, check it every year. 3.Movemore. Tokeepitsimple,you canaimfor30minutesaday,5days aweekofmoderateexercise.Even ifyouexercisefor30minutesaday, beingsedentaryfortheother231/2 hours is really bad for your heart. 4. Slash saturated fats. To help your heart’s arteries, cut down on saturated fats, which are mainly found in meat and full-fat dairy products. Choose leaner cuts and reduced-fat options.

5. Find out if you have diabetes. Millions of people don’t know that theyhavethiscondition.That’srisky becauseovertime,highbloodsugar damagesarteriesandmakesheart disease more likely. 6.Thinkbeyondthescale. Askyour doctor if your weight is OK. If you have some pounds to lose, you’ll probablywanttochangeyoureating habits and be more active. 7. Ditch the cigarettes, real and electronic. Smoking and secondhand smoke are bad for yourheart.E-cigarettesstillcontain nicotine, so your goal should be to quitcompletely,not justswitchtoa less toxic version. 8. Clean up. Yourheartworksbest when it runs on clean fuel. That means lots of whole, plant-based foods (like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds) and fewer refined or processed foods (like white bread, pasta, crackers, and cookies).

MEET OUR TEAM: TULS I PARMAR, MSPT Tulsi earned her degree from S.B.B. College of Physiotherapy,GujaratUniversity, India in2013. Shethenworkedfor1.5years inamulti-specialty hospital and an outpatient clinic where she treatedpatientswithcardio-thoracic,orthopedic and neurological complications in acute and sub-acutesettings.Shehasexperience inActive Physical therapy, working for 1 year with adult orthopedic patients and managing worker’s compensation patients.

new techniques or methods to improve her manualskills, inordertoofferthemosteffective regime, speeding recovery and enabling more complete healing. To further her career, she is currently pursuing her post-professional doctorate from Arcadia University, PA and seeking to obtain her orthopedic and manual therapy certificates. Tulsi’shobbies includecooking,travelling,yoga, music,watchingmoviesandreading. Inher free time,sheenjoysspendingqualitytimewithfamily and friends. To request an appointment, call Loudoun Physical Therapy today or visit our website at loudounpt.com/newsletter-request- appointment/.

Tulsi’sstrength isutilizingmanual interventions in conjunction with therapeutic exercises and postural corrections to achieve improved pain- free mobility and function. She believes in an individualized approach for each patient that is geared towards that patient’s goals. She constantly expands her knowledge and learns

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