M3 PT - March 2020

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M3 AND ME

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE THE DOUBLE LIFE OF MARIEDET LEANO

music and bands I’m into, so I’ll get it out of the way: hardcore punk metal. Yes, the quiet billing manager at your local PT clinic can throw down in a mosh pit. Books and covers.

When I’m not behind a camera at a concert or working at M3, I’m usually still

footage — and what was there was badly shot. I decided, why not do it myself?

When it comes to ensuring business runs smoothly at our clinics, there’s one person we turn to: Billing Manager Mariedet Leano. Mariedet’s been with us for over a year now and has proven to be an invaluable part of our team, working behind the scenes to ensure we always have the resources to serve our patients. But what many people may not know is that this M3 star is also a celebrity in her own right.

broadcasting. As live video game streaming first caught on, I made the leap over to Twitch. tv and started my

And so, while still a teenager, I became a videographer and photographer of a whole range of concerts around LA. I started the project just for fun and to fill a need I saw in the online community, but things quickly took off. It turns out plenty of people just like me were searching for videos of live concerts — who didn’t just want to listen to the music but to see the full experience. Over the years, I got better at capturing

second channel. I’ve combined my love for

classic Nintendo games with my passion for video production, and frankly, I couldn’t have asked for a better combo. And, while it might not be as wild as a metal show or as challenging as a Mario level, I love my work at M3. Billing work comes naturally to me, and I legitimately enjoy doing it (though it doesn’t make for an exciting read). I’m grateful for the teams at both clinics that give me the time and resources to do my job well. It can be tough being the one and only member of our billing department, but I have plenty of experience when it comes to tackling a challenge solo.

–Dr. Raul Lona

Thanks, Raul!

As he said, I live a bit of a double life between my time here at M3 and my work outside the office. While I might not go as far as calling myself a “celebrity,” it’s true I’ve built myself a following online. In fact, depending on the music you’re into, there’s a chance you may have even found my YouTube channel. It all started about 15 years ago when I was looking for videos of concerts I hadn’t gotten the chance to attend. To my surprise, despite the massive amount of content being uploaded to YouTube every single day, there was a surprising lack of concert

“YES, THE QUIET BILLING MANAGER AT YOUR LOCAL PT CLINIC CAN THROW DOWN IN A MOSH PIT. BOOKS AND COVERS.”

crowd reactions, shooting venues at different angles, and generally doing all I could to make my videos as immersive as possible. 4,000 subscribers and a YouTube partnership later, and I’m still going strong.

When people learn this about me, they almost always want to know what kind of

–Mariedet Leano

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WHAT’S UP WITH MILIA? DIGGING INTO THIS COMMON SKIN ISSUE

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT THEM?

No, milia isn’t the newest celebrity guest on “Dancing With the Stars.” Sometimes called milk spots, milia are the tiny white bumps most of us have probably noticed on our skin at some point. While they may look similar to whiteheads, they aren’t the same, so before you take to squeezing and popping, here’s what you need to know. WHAT ARE THEY? Milia are cysts made up of entrapped keratin, a type of protein that makes up skin, hair, and nails. When dead skin cells get trapped beneath the skin, they appear as small white or yellowish bumps. They often show up around the eyes, nose, and cheeks but can appear on other areas of the body as well. WHAT CAUSES THEM? While many different things can contribute to the formation of milia, one of the main sources is skin damage. Sun damage, in particular, is a big contributor to milia formation. Heavy creams or harsh products used around the eye area may cause milia on the eyelids specifically.

First, avoid the temptation to squeeze or pop the little bumps. This will only damage your skin further and won’t remove the milia. Milia will often go away on their own, but a few things can help speed up that process or even prevent them. Because milia are caused by trapped dead skin cells, gentle exfoliation can treat them and prevent them from cropping up in the first place. Make sure you take off makeup before bed and cleanse your skin properly to help reduce buildup on your face. Also, opt for lightweight moisturizers rather than heavy creams, especially around the eyes. You can also turn to a skincare professional to safely remove the bumps. As dermatologist Dr. Anjali Mahto points out, milia are often the result of sun damage, so another tip to prevent them is to avoid overexposure to the sun. Wear protective layers and hats, and make sunscreen a part of your daily routine, even in winter.

‘DID I TEAR SOMETHING?’ COMMON ROTATOR CUFF ISSUES

Rotator cuff tears are a common injury made all the more famous by sports. It’s not unusual to hear that a famous pitcher, basketball player, or other athlete who relies heavily on overhead motions has been benched after damaging vital muscle tissue connecting their arm and shoulder blade. Thus, many people who encounter shoulder pain or weakness in this region tend to assume they’ve torn their rotator cuff. However, this isn’t necessarily the case.

stem from many of the same causes as a rotator cuff tear. However, it can also be brought on by other serious health issues, such as being prediabetic. Tendinosis, on the other hand, is caused when your muscles become worn with age. Addressing this issue is simply a matter of learning strengthening exercises to compensate for the weakness in your rotator cuff.

GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM

LESS TEAR-ABLE

As longtime readers will know, our name “M3” refers to the three modalities we use to treat patients. The very first modality is “movement analysis” because we know the value of not jumping to conclusions when it comes to our patients’ health. With rotator cuff issues in particular, it’s important to have a trained eye for the root issue of the problem. That way, whether you simply need to do some physical therapy exercises and ice your shoulder or if we need to refer you to a physician for more-extensive treatment, you can rest assured you’re getting the treatment you need.

Multiple conditions can cause pain or limit motion in your shoulder. Tears are certainly possible, especially if you recently exerted yourself performing an overhead activity. But alternatively, your rotator cuff may be inflamed or even fraying. Identifying the nature of your pain and/ or shoulder weakness is key to recovery and may even alert you to deeper health issues.

TENDINITIS AND TENDINOSIS

The two other common conditions that can affect your rotator cuff are tendinitis and tendinosis. Tendinitis is essentially inflammation and can

If persistent pain or weakness in your shoulder has been troubling you, come see us and take the first step toward moving better.

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MORE FREE WORKSHOPS!

March may come in like a lion, but that doesn’t mean pain has to have you on the lam. If you live near West LA and suffer from shoulder pain, or live in the West Hills area and need sciatica relief, now’s your chance to do something about it! And, of course, if you have sciatica and live in West LA, or if shoulder pain is holding you back in West Hills, the right workshop will be coming to a clinic near you next month!

WEST LA March 24; 6:30 p.m. — Shoulder Pain Workshop Contact: 310-275-4137 or frontoffice@m3pt.com WEST HILLS March 26; 6:30 p.m. — Back and Sciatica Workshop Contact: 747-888-3562 or frontoffice.wh@m3pt.com

We want to help as many people as possible with these FREE workshops, but sadly, we only have a finite amount of space at our clinics. So, if you want to reserve your spot, please reach out to us ahead of time using the relevant contact info listed above!

Have a topic you’d like our expert therapists to address in a future workshop? Let us know!

PESTO CHICKEN WITH BLISTERED TOMATOES

TAKE A BREAK

INGREDIENTS

• 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness • Salt and pepper to taste • 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

• 6 tbsp spinach pesto • 2 cups cherry tomatoes • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced • 1 tsp red wine vinegar

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat. 3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned. 6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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From Billing to Broadcasting: Mariedet Leano

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Tackling a Common Skin Issue

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Common Rotator Cuff Issues

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Free Workshops!

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Pesto Chicken With Blistered Tomatoes

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Stay Stateside With These Little-Known St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

FORMERLY KNOWN AS WILSHIRE LINDEN PHYSICAL THERAPY — SAME TEAM, NEW NAME!

CELEBRATE WITH THESE LITTLE-KNOWN FESTIVITIES STAYING STATESIDE FOR ST. PADDY’S? and Miss Arkansas glide by. The event also features a Blarney stone kissing contest and a parade king and queen. A LITTLE LUCK IN AMERICA’S HEARTLAND O’Neill, Nebraska, is home to the world’s largest shamrock and more unique St. Patrick’s Day traditions. This Irish community doubles down on its

There’s no place quite like Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day. What was once a purely religious holiday to honor the legend of St. Patrick chasing all the snakes out of the country has turned into a global celebration. But if a trip to Ireland isn’t in the budget, check out these three little-known stateside destinations that are just as festive. SHORT AND SWEET IN ARKANSAS Thanks to the clever thinking of some Irish friends meeting for a pint at a bar on one of the shortest streets in the world, Bridge

heritage every March with a traditional parade, music, and Irish dancing. But the town also hosts a popular dodgeball tournament and donkey basketball. What could be better than pummeling your opponents in dodgeball and outpacing the competition while riding a donkey in the school gymnasium? Perhaps enjoying a pint or two with your teammates afterward. And O’Neill is just the spot to do it. OHIO’S LITTLE PIECE OF IRELAND You may not be able to fly to Ireland, but you can visit a little piece of it right in the U.S. Head to Dublin, Ohio, this St. Patrick’s Day for a traditional celebration sure to put a wee bit o’ pep in your step. Partake in a traditional Irish breakfast or enjoy a parade complete with bagpipers and Irish dancers. Boasting one of the largest celebrations in the U.S., Dublin is an affordable alternative for those looking to celebrate the Irish way.

Street in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the First Ever 17th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade will travel 98 feet once again this year. Don’t assume the turnout isn’t robust just because the distance is staggeringly low. The parade lasts for hours, drawing thousands of people to watch celebrities, musicians, bands, floats,

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