Category Archives: Articles

Try Physical Therapy First! – Seeing a Physical Therapist First for Musculoskeletal Pain Improves Outcomes and Saves Money

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC   Why Should I See a Physical Therapist First Through Direct Access? Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries or disorders affecting the body's movement or the musculoskeletal system, secondary to pain or limited function. These disorders cost the health care system over 800 billion dollars and are the second [...]

Baseball Pitching: What Causes a Baseball Pitcher to Throw Hard?

Baseball Pitching: What Causes a Baseball Pitcher to Throw Hard? By Dr. John Mishock, PT, DPT, DC  In baseball, it is often said that the pitcher has a strong arm. However, this phrase is a misnomer. Research clearly shows that the arm musculature (hand, forearm, and arm) contributes only about 20-25% of throwing velocity. (Gretchen […]

Knee ACL Injuries: Can we prevent them in our athletes? Part 1

Knee ACL injuries: Can we prevent them in our athletes? Part 1 By Dr. John Mishock, PT, DPT, DC    Knee injuries account for up to 40% of all sports injuries, commonly occurring in soccer, basketball, lacrosse, skiing, football, and gymnastics (Nessier et al. 2017). Knee injuries are the most common cause of surgery in [...]

Baseball and Softball Arm Injuries: How do I return to throwing?

Baseball and Softball Arm Injuries: How do I return to throwing? By Dr. John Mishock, PT, DPT, DC    The success of the baseball pitcher requires not only high-level ability but also durability and prevention of injury. The baseball throwing motion has been described as one of the most violent and stressful motions in all [...]

Throwing Program Guideline: Return from Injury

Throwing Program Guideline: Return from Injury By Dr. John Mishock, PT, DPT, DC            1. Proper warm-up is essential. Perform the dynamic warm-up prior to throwing. 2. Perform 5 throws and holds prior to each set of throws. 3. After each set of throws, rest 3- 5 min. Perform shoulder stretches [...]

Baseball Arm Throwing Injuries: A possible solution?

Baseball Arm Throwing Injuries: A possible solution? By Dr. John Mishock, PT, DPT, DC    Overuse injuries in the shoulder and elbow are the most common problems in baseball players. Injuries of the shoulder account for 14-21%, whereas the elbow account for 16%-22% of all baseball-related injuries. (Agresta et al. Orthop J Sports Med, 2019, [...]
New patient scheduling: 610-327-2600