Now Seeing Patients at "The Moving Joint" in Mar Vista, CA


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Dr Leitner is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist.  She has worked with the area’s top orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, internists and family practice physicians and gets referrals/return patients from across the country.



Dr Leitner creatively blends traditional physical therapy and sports medicine techniques with Pilates adapted exercise and orthopedic manual therapy to treat a variety of orthopedic, musculoskeletal and myofascial conditions.  She consistently achieves positive outcomes and provides focused attention to each patient  resulting in efficient use of your health care budget.


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Dr Leitner has a broad base of clinical experience and has studied with top names in the field of physical therapy, rehabilitation, Pilates, manual therapy and wellness to develop her own truly intergrated approach.

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Best treatment for chronic, nonspecific low back pain

    The medical community recommends the following management of chronic, non specific low back pain. That is back pain not related to herniated disc, tumor or fracture.  Degenerative disc diesease and myofascial pain syndrome fall into this category. Cognitive behavioural therapy, supervised exercise therapy, brief educational interventions, and multidisciplinary (bio-psycho-social) treatment are recommended over injections, surgery and long term pain medication use. A physical therapist can evaluate your specific condition, screen for muscle imbalance and postural weakness. then prescribe an appropriate exercise program to help manage and resolve many back conditions. Education,...

Thoughts on Sitting

Many people sit long periods of time either at their office, home or when travelling. Prolonged sitting can aggravate back pain, especially when there is disc pathology. There are many choices and options when considering seating strategies. For seated workers or computer users, the first step is to determine if your current workstation is set up ergonomically. If you need help evaluating your workstation or office set up, please call Leitner Physical Therapy for an evaluation. In the meantime here is a check off list for you to do...

What is Rotator Cuff Syndrome?

The “Rotator Cuff” is actually a group of shoulder muscles that function to keep the ball (head of humerus) seated and stable in the socket (glenoid of the scapula). These muscles and their tendinous attachments are subject to sudden trauma and repeated micro-trauma, which can cause Rotator Cuff tears. While traumatic rotator cuff tears usually occur quickly or under heavy load like a fall or lifting a heavy weight, the most common cause of a rotator cuff tear is repeated micro-trauma, which can occur over several weeks months or...

Living With Lupus

The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 1.5 million Americans, and at least five million people worldwide, have a form of lupus. Although lupus can strike men and women of all ages, 90 percent of individuals diagnosed with the disease are women. Most people will develop lupus between the ages of 15-44. Systemic lupus accounts for approximately 70 percent of all cases of lupus. In approximately half of these cases, a major organ, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys or brain, will be affected. Cutaneous lupus (affecting only the...