Category Archives: Direct Access

Aquatic Therapy: An Alternative to Pain Medication

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC; Owner of Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates Aquatic therapy is quickly becoming well known for its amazing effects on decreasing pain, speeding recovery and improving function. Aquatic therapy, or pool therapy, consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water. The water provides buoyancy and hydrostatic […]

Eccentric Exercise: An Integral Muscle Contraction Type Used in Physical Therapy

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Physical therapists are doctorate level trained health care providers who are experts in exercise, function movement, and performance. In practice, physical therapists use three main muscle contraction types (concentric, eccentric, and isometric) to improve a patient’s quality of movement. In the last article I reviewed isometric muscle […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 help patients get needed treatment faster. (Physical Therapy, 2017) With […]