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 […]

Baseball Interval Throwing Program: Start your Pre-Season throwing Program to Prevent Shoulder and Elbow Injuries.

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Approximately, 3-4 million children and adolescence between the ages of 4 and 17 participate in organized baseball throughout the country. Unfortunately, many of these young athletes will develop elbow and or shoulder pain and be seen in physical therapy clinics and orthopedic surgeon’s offices this year. Little leaguers […]

Guidelines to Prevent Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in Youth and Adolescent Baseball Players

Approximately, 3-4 million children and adolescence between the ages of 4 and 17 participate in organized baseball throughout the country. Many of these young athletes develop elbow and/or shoulder pain commonly seen in physical therapy clinics and orthopedic surgeon’s offices throughout the country. Major League Baseball and USA Baseball have teamed up to educate and […]

What is Cupping?

By Monica Hallman, PTA, Clinical Director of Barto, and Lisa Fogelman, DPT, Clinical Director of Skippack Cupping is based on traditional, century-old, Asian medicine that allows one to grip and elevate skin and fascia with use of suction cups, a type of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. This allows for the release of scar tissue/fascial […]

Physical Therapy for the Treatment of Osteoporosis

By Ann R. Miller, PT, DPT, ATC, CKTP Clinical Director, Stowe Osteoporosis is the leading cause of fractures in the elderly. It is a disease which causes diminished bone mass and leads to a decrease in bone quality which results in increased risk for bone fractures. Fractures can lead to functional disability, chronic pain, and […]