Text Neck Syndrome: “A real pain in the neck!”

By: Dr. John R. Mishock Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates The advent of smartphones and other similar devices led to a new musculoskeletal repetitive stress injury called text neck syndrome. The syndrome occurs with excessive watching or texting on handheld devices over a sustained period of time. Recent research has shown that approximately 87% of […]

Plantar Fasciitis: Will Physical Therapy Help My Foot Pain?

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Approximately 10% of the US population lives with foot pain. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of foot and heel pain. The plantar fascia is a flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects the heel bone to the toes providing support to the arch of the foot. […]

Understanding Bell’s Palsy

By Monica Hallman, PTA, CKTP, LSVT BIG certified Clinical Director, Barto Bell’s palsy is a condition that affects the nerves and muscles of the face causing the affected side to sag or droop. This is similar to the weakness of the facial muscles of a CVA or stroke. Most Bell’s palsy patients initially believe that […]

Is Stretching Important for Exercise and Sports?

By Dr. John R. Mishock Stretching has been performed as a warm up and recovery modality in exercise and sports for many decades, if not centuries. The current body of research demonstrates that stretching can have several beneficial effects if used appropriately. What is Stretching? Stretching has been defined as: “the application of force to musculotendinous […]

Recognizing a Concussion: Signs and Symptoms

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC There are more than 4 million concussions during competitive sports with up to 50% going unreported or undiagnosed. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by bump, blow, or jolt to the head. It also can be caused by quick movements of the head back and forth. In […]

Early Referral to Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain Reduces Cost, and Improves Outcomes

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Low back pain (LBP) is a common and costly medical condition associated with significant physical pain, impaired function, and loss of productivity. LBP is the leading cause of disability in the US exceeding $100 billion per year in treatment, reduced productivity and lost wages. Approximately, 70 million adults […]

The Importance of Physical Therapy for Seniors

By Ann R. Miller, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS – Clinical Director of Mishock Physical Therapy in Stowe One in four Americans who are currently over the age of 65 will live to be at least 90 years of age. Throughout the aging process our bodies change. Loss of flexibility, strength, endurance and balance as well […]

2018 Guidelines for Medicare Physical Therapy Patients

By Dr. John R. Mishock What is the Medicare Physical Therapy Cap? In 1997, as part of the Balanced Budget Act, a $1,500.00 cap ($2010.00 for 2018) on outpatient physical therapy and occupational therapy services was imposed. Meaning the maximum paid by Medicare for therapy services would be $1,500.00. Each year after this, congress would […]

“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 […]

Experiencing Low Back Pain? You Don’t Need a Prescription for Physical Therapy to Experience Relief!

By: Ann R. Miller, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, Clinical Director of Stowe Clinic Almost everyone has had an episode of low back pain at some point in their lifetime, whether it was brought on by lifting a heavy item, gardening all afternoon, shoveling snow, sitting for long periods of time without proper back support, or […]