Knee ACL and Lower Extremity Injuries: Can we prevent them in our young athletes? Part I

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Lower extremity injuries make up 66% of all sports injuries, the knee being the most commonly injured joint. (Med Sci. Sports Exerc. 2002) The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four ligaments in the knee that holds the thigh and leg bones together. The ACL ligament […]

Hydration during Exercise and Competition: Improving Sports Performance and Reducing the Potential for Serious Illness or Death

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC, Owner, Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates Each year there are numerous deaths of youth and adolescent athletes connected to dehydration related illness, while playing sports, especially pre-season football camps. There was a time when drinking water during practices and games was seen by coaches as a weakness or […]

WHY EVERYONE SHOULD SEE A PHYSICAL THERAPIST

By Ann R. Miller PT, DPT, ATC, CKTP Clinical Director, Pottstown Contrary to what most people believe, physical therapy is not just for rehabilitation. Physical therapists are the experts at evaluating the human movement system and helping to maintain good health. As we go through life our bodies change and sometimes we develop aches, pains, […]

“Bio-banding” of Young Athletes: A way to keep kids playing sports and reduce injury

By Dr. John R. Mishock In the United States, it is estimated that 60 million children and adolescents (ages 5-14 years) play organized sports each year at a cost of over $7 billion dollars, and growing. (Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission). Unfortunately approximately 70% if these kids stop playing sports by age 13. (Journal of Physical […]

Seeing a Physical Therapist First through Direct Access Improves Outcomes and Saves Money

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Studies show that seeing a physical therapist first through direct access can: improve musculoskeletal pain faster; reduce or remove the need for some types of musculoskeletal surgery; reduce opioid use; improve patient satisfaction; reduce expensive medical testing; and help patients get needed treatment faster. (Physical Therapy, 2017) […]

PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP HEADACHES

By Ann R. Miller, PT, DPT, ATC, CKTP Clinical Director, Stowe (Pottstown) Headache pain is the third most common pain complaint worldwide. Some people suffer from the occasional headache, but others suffer from daily, chronic headaches which can be disabling, interfere with one’s ability to work and result in decreased quality of life. Headaches are […]

Growth-Plate Injuries of the Shoulder and Elbow in Baseball Players

By Dr. John R. Mishock Growth-plate injuries of the shoulder and elbow are common injuries in youth and adolescent baseball players. The growth-plate (epiphyseal plate or physis) is an area of cartilage at the end of a bone that is responsible for the bones growth. The growth plates close at the completion of bone growth […]

Baseball pitcher throwing mechanics: Can this help to reduce the near “Epidemic” of Tommy John Elbow Injuries in Baseball Players?

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC The baseball pitcher is 36 times more likely to developing a shoulder or elbow injury if they throw while the arm or body is tired and fatigued. (American Sports Medicine Institute). We know that limiting pitches thrown per game, per week and per year can reduce the risk […]

Baseball Pitcher Fatigue: Learning to Recognize the Critical Signs!

John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Most youth baseball leagues now have pitch count guidelines to help reduce shoulder and elbow overuse injuries. Limiting the amount of pitches thrown has reduced shoulder and elbow injuries in Little League Baseball by as much as 50% (Little League, 2011, 2013). However, pitch limits are not the whole […]

Baseball throwing injuries: Are We Putting Our Kids at Risk?

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Approximately, 2.2 million children between the ages of 4 and 16 will begin participating in organized baseball this season throughout the country. Many of these young athletes who participate in baseball may develop a painful condition of the elbow and/or shoulder. Youth baseball throwing injuries continue to […]