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Sports Injury Prevention: What are the benefits of single-limb exercise vs. bilateral exercise?

Single-limb exercises mean that the individual moves with one limb vs. two limbs—for example, a single-arm curl vs. a double-arm curl. There are many advantages to unilateral exercise training that I will highlight in this article. Benefits of unilateral exercise: 1. Increase motor unit recruitment: There is more significant muscle firing during the unilateral exercise. […]

Total Joint Replacement: Physical Therapy “More Than Just Exercise”

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Our body has over 360 joints. All joints (where two bones meet) have cartilage at the bone’s ends which helps to reduce friction and provide shock absorption. With aging, this cartilage wears out, leading to pain, swelling, joint deformity, weakness, and altered function. Nearly 70 million Americans have […]

Sports Injury Prevention: What risk factors can we control?

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC In the US, there is over 8.6 million sports-related adolescent (age 10-20 years) injuries annually; 42% happen in the lower extremity, 30% in the upper extremity, and 16% in the head and neck. (NHSR, 2016) Many of these are over-use injuries that occur due to excessive intensity, […]

Sports performance: Is there a benefit to muscle damage during resistance exercise?

By Dr. John R. Mishock There is a belief that resistance exercises or weightlifting create muscle damage, leading to tightness and limiting function in sports such as baseball, basketball, golf, and others. Does resistance exercise damage muscle? Can the muscle damage be helpful? Resistance training exercise creates micro-damage to the muscle. This muscle damage is […]

Try Physical Therapy First! – 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) […]

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