Get Back on Your Toes After a Dancer’s Fracture

Rotating or twisting an ankle or foot or incurring a crush injury by dropping a heavy object on the foot may cause a fracture of the fifth metatarsal, a bone at the base of the small toe. This injury, also known as dancer’s fracture, is similar to a sprained ankle in that it can make […]

When Your Arm Pain Is a Pain in the Neck

Do you experience pain when you raise your arm, but the pain decreases when the arm is raised above your head? Many times, the initial discomfort results from nerves in the neck being pinched because the shoulder blade is not positioned correctly. Raising your arm above your head takes the stretch off the nerve and […]

Working Out with Exercise-induced Asthma

Another name for exercise-induced asthma (EIA)—exercise-induced bronchoconstriction—is more descriptive of what your condition actually involves: The passages that carry air into and out of your lungs become constricted when you exercise, resulting in asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. These symptoms do not necessarily occur during exercise but usually […]

Does Mono Mean No Exercise?

Mononucleosis—often known simply as “mono”—has an incubation period of one to two months. Once symptoms appear, recovery can take an additional four to six weeks. Until your physician tells you it is safe to resume more strenuous workouts, avoid any but the mildest exercise (e.g., short walks). In many mono patients, the spleen—a large blood-filtering […]

Gardening After a Colles Fracture

Perhaps you fell on the ice in January and suffered a Colles fracture, then wore a cast for two months. Can you resume gardening this spring, and should you protect your wrist if you do? A Colles fracture is the most common of several conditions that might be called a “broken wrist.” Named for Irish […]

Regain Balance in Your Life

Many people never give a second thought to their balance, but once it starts to suffer, the effects can be significant. Age or a variety of health conditions can affect your balance, making walking a challenge. Furthermore, the likelihood that elderly people have osteoporosis can mean that a simple fall can result in a break […]

Can I Exercise Safely with a Cold?

The average adult gets one to six colds every year, with symptoms lasting a week to 10 days. Should you let these colds interrupt your exercise routine? Probably not, as long as you pay attention to what your body tells you. The general rule for exercising with a cold is that if symptoms are all […]

We’re Branching into Maryland!

Our Rockville location is opening Feb. 5th inside Onelife Fitness and is now accepting new patients! Call 240-813-1856 or request an appointment today. The Jackson Clinics is a leading provider of physical therapy, spine care and sports medicine in Northern Virginia. We are proud to be part of the Rockville community, and we are committed […]

Shed Those Extra Holiday Pounds

The holidays are here once again, with all their edible temptations, and you would like to get into better shape after they have passed. This time you are determined to find an approach that will prevent frustration, keep you motivated and help you achieve your fitness goal. The first thing you need to determine is […]

Tight Hips and Shrinking Muscles: Sitting in a Heap of Trouble

We are a country of workaholic couch potatoes. No matter how good our intentions, the sad fact is that many of us work 9-to-5 office jobs, sitting in a chair (and often sitting with terrible posture), hunched over a computer for the majority of the day. In addition to those myriad problems related to this […]

New Leesburg Clinic is Having a FREE Workshop on Low Back Pain

To help kick off our new clinic in Leesburg, we are offering a FREE workshop on Low Back Pain to a select list of our subscribers featuring some common problems that occur in the lumbar spine and how to make them feel better. Date: November 20th, 6pm – 7pm Location: 30 Catoctin Circle SE Suite 112, […]

Staying Active and Fit in Cooler Weather

While the summer months bring a flurry of outdoor activity and exercise, the cooler fall and winter months mean that you need to tweak your routine for the best results. Protecting yourself from the elements and keeping your program varied will help you maintain optimal fitness results, without compromising your safety and health. Most people […]

Transitioning to Indoor Activities

While summer offers opportunities to walk, jog, bicycle, garden, play sports and get into shape, cold weather brings the temptation to eat more, move less and hibernate indoors. Shorter days, frosty air and holiday parties can threaten the fitness gains you made during the summer. Instead of fighting the cold and darkness, you can maintain […]

Regaining Full Range of Motion After Knee Surgery

In order for you to walk, run, sit or kick comfortably, your knee—the largest joint in the body—must be able to move through an arc of about 130 degrees, from completely straight, or fully extended, to completely bent, or fully flexed. Two muscle groups control this motion: the quadriceps on the front of the thigh […]

How to Prevent and Treat a Stress Fracture

Although it’s usually so small that it can’t be detected with conventional x-rays, a stress fracture is a very real crack in a bone. Most stress fractures occur in the tibia or fibula (lower-leg bones), the metatarsal or navicular bones of the foot, or the heel. The fracture develops over a period of days or […]

Alleviating Soreness During Car Rides

After a few hours in the car, your body may crack and creak, often painfully. What is it about a simple automobile ride that can cause such dreadful muscle soreness? You are at risk of developing soreness any time you stay in one position for an extended period of time. Some of the most common […]

Walking: An Effective Tool for Weight Loss and Maintenance

The simplest exercise available is placing one foot in front of the other and walking. Because this is something we do every day, it is often overlooked as a valuable tool for weight loss. A 140-pound person walking at a moderate pace for 20 minutes will burn approximately 92 calories while increasing heart rate, thus […]

Selecting the Proper Running Shoe

You might think that buying a pair of running shoes is more an issue of fashion than a serious decision that takes any technical consideration. Nothing could be further from the truth; in fact, selecting the proper running shoe is pivotal to protecting your joints from injury. Shoe technology now incorporates different types of construction […]

Ways to Avoid Taking the Fall

Each year, injuries from falling afflict many adults— the majority of whom are senior citizens—causing painful fractures and leaving them with severe mobility problems. Changes related to aging, such as decreases in visual capacity, hearing and strength, can contribute to the likelihood of a tumble. Whether you are a senior or you have an elderly […]

Helping Your Child Prepare to Pitch for Little League

As your child prepares for the spring baseball season, your first concern should be helping him or her prevent injury. Most injuries to pitchers come from three sources: overuse, poor throwing mechanics and improper conditioning. In fact, Little League baseball has become so concerned about youth pitching injuries that they have developed pitch count regulations […]

Here we grow again!

We are excited to announce that we have a new location opening March 15th in Potomac Falls/Sterling and another one opening this Spring/Summer in Fairfax/Burke! Bringing more great patient care to our communities! The Jackson Clinics, LP, is a locally owned physical therapy practice in multiple locations throughout Northern Virginia. We specialize in outpatient orthopedics […]

My Back Pain Always Returns! What Can I Do?

After the common cold, the most common reason Americans miss work is back pain. Unfortunately, once you have experienced back strain or injury, it can easily become a recurring problem. Many cases of back strain are due to the way we live—sitting at desks all day, hunched over a computer, with little physical activity. Unless […]

I want to Hit the Golf Ball Farther: Golf Tips

Now that the golf off-season has arrived, it is the best possible time to improve your game. That may sound counterintuitive, but consider this—core and muscle strength, flexibility and endurance are the keys to a more effective and consistent golf swing, and what better time to improve these aspects of your personal fitness than when […]

FREE 15 Minute Screen

FREE 15 minute SCREEN THE QUESTION: What’s Wrong With My Body? The human body is a machine with a brilliant and complex design. Used correctly, it will provide years of efficient, injury free function. Used incorrectly, it may break down. Unlike a machine made of nuts, bolts or circuits, the human machine has the ability […]

Treadmills: Getting the Best Results

If you are new to working out on a treadmill, you will want to make sure that you not only get the best results but also that your program is a safe one. Whether you are an avid outdoor runner who wants to transition to the treadmill for indoor exercise or a complete exercise beginner, […]

Minimizing the Risk of Ski Injury

If winter weather has you prepared to hit the slopes, be sure to take the necessary precautions to keep yourself injury-free this season. In addition to using the proper gear and sticking to the slopes that match your skill set, proper strengthening and stretching exercises can prepare your body […]

Maintaining Fitness in Colder Weather

Cold winds are starting to blow, and temperatures are plummeting. If you are not a lover of brisk weather, think abou t taking your fitness routine indoors . And if you do not have a regular exercise program, now is the time to let us help you get started on fitness activities you can perform […]

Why You Need Crutches After Meniscus Surgery

If only surgical treatment worked so perfectly that the patient would hop of the operating table, cured, with no painful recovery required. For knee surgery, that is not the case. Today, most surgical procedures on the crescent-shaped, fibrous knee joint cartilage called the meniscus are performed with tiny incisions, cameras and instruments. Thus, the recovery […]

Managing your Holiday Stress

The physical consequences of unattended stress can be far reaching and, at some point, become more permanent than chronic. This holiday season keep yourself from over stressing by using our amazingly easy stress reducing techniques! LISTEN TO CLASSICAL MUSIC When overwhelmed take a break from the carols and listen to relaxing classical music. Playing calm […]

In-flight Exercises: Staying Fit in the Air

The media has paid a great deal of attention to suggestions that passengers exercise during flights, particularly those lasting four hours or more. Although some reports may have been sensationalized, it is true that exercise reduces the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a condition where a clot occurs in a deep vein, […]

Don’t Let Your Asthma Freeze You Out of Winter Workouts

Avoiding asthma attacks while exercising in winter is best accomplished by preventing cold, dry air from getting into your bronchial airways. One way to do this is to exercise indoors when it is cold. Swimming in an indoor heated pool, where the air is comfortably warm but not overly humid, is an option that works […]

‘Tis the Season to Give! Facebook Giveaway

‘TIS THE SEASON TO GIVE!* It’s that time of year again when TJC will be giving away gifts to our Facebook family and friends! For your chance to win, just watch for the announcement throughout the month of December and “like” or “comment” on the post. Winners will be selected and notified the following day. Gifts […]

Knee Taping for Pain Relief

Kneecap, or patella, pain is common, whether a person is athletic or sedentary. Although there are many causes of this condition, an important treatment is Kneecap, or patella, pain is common, whether a person is athletic or sedentary. Although there are many causes of this condition, an important treatment is knee taping, also called “McConnell taping” after […]

Rehabilitation After Multiple Fractures to the Pelvis

Pelvic fractures are complicated by nature. The pelvis is actually made up of three “rings” of bone: one major, large ring and two smaller rings. While a mild fracture of the pelvis can heal on its own, more serious fractures like those sustained in automobile accidents often require surgery and intensive physical therapy rehabilitation. Because […]

Pain at the Mall

As the outside temperatures drop, people contemplating undertaking an exercise program often consider walking at the mall. Benefits include a controlled climate, an absence of traffic, security and easily available restrooms and water. However, starting a new walking program can sometimes bring on shin splints, pain at the front of the lower leg. As the outside […]

How Your Mattress Affects Back and Neck Pain

People who suffer from back and neck pain, particularly when it’s chronic, look to many sources to relieve their discomfort. One question that is frequently asked is whether the purchase of a special mattress will help to manage back and neck pain. Since a large amount of time is spent sleeping, a poor mattress can […]

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Physical Therapy is an integral part of breast cancer rehabilitation. Those undergoing treatments for breast cancer often face surgery. Physical therapists can work with women to alleviate symptoms caused by surgical intervention or medical treatment for cancer.Our therapists […]

Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship Program

We are proud to say we have some of the highest trained physical therapists in the region. Our Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship Program is one of only three in the country and is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a post professional fellowship program for physical therapists in Northern Virginia. Dan Alcorn […]

When Backing Up the Car Becomes a Pain in the Neck

That pain you feel when turning your head while backing up your car is probably due to tightness in the muscles of your neck and upper back, often the result of years of poor posture. To improve your posture, keep your neck in a “neutral” position, with your chin more tucked in than pushed forward. […]

Regaining Strength After a Rotator Cuff Repair

Whether you have had arthroscopic surgery (the least invasive kind), mini-open or open surgery to repair a rotator cuff tear, it takes at least four to six months to regain much of your strength and range of motion (ROM). Recovering well, however, is as important as recovering quickly. Therapy after rotator cuff repair proceeds in […]

Foot Pain in Dress Shoes

Have you ever had a long-anticipated night on the town spoiled by sore feet? The source of your discomfort just might be those pretty shoes you have chosen to wear. Women’s dress shoes are often narrower and less cushioned than shoes worn day-to-day, which may make them uncomfortably confining. And women, young and old, have […]

Congratulations OCS Graduates!

HUGE Congratulations to our 2015-2016 OCS graduates! (Pictured left to right; Emily DeNardis, Sara Kirkland, Mason Wallace, Melissa Dewey) The mission of the residency program is to help improve the standard of clinical practice within our company and our region for better delivery of consistent, high quality physical therapy care to our community. We seek […]