Articles by Pete
Pete Balik graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 1992 and then a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1995. He has attended an Orofacial Pain and TMD residency with the University of Minnesota Dental School.
His current practice includes a wide variety of general orthopedic therapies, including extensive experience treating Temporomandibular (jaw and headache) disorders, spinal diagnoses, leg and foot problems and athletic injuries. He has a noted background in biokinetic evaluation that uses slow motion video applications to evaluate running gait and bicycling patients’ structural and anatomical issues. These small assymetries of human movement patterns are often undetected without this technology and lead to inefficient energy expenditure during exercise that can cause pain and injuries.
Pete is trained in dry needling therapy which is a treatment option that, when coupled with traditional physical therapy methods has yielded great success. This therapy is conducted with a small, sterile needle that is inserted into an active muscle trigger point in order to elicit a “twitch response” whereby the muscle tightness, pain and dysfunction are relieved.
Pete also designs custom orthotic shoe inserts for patients who suffer from ankle and foot maladies. This computerized evaluation utilizes a three dimensional scanning of the plantar surface of the foot where every contour is evaluated and documented, then relayed to expert prosthetic centers where a custom-fit device is constructed that fits the patient’s need. Follow-up consultation is then conducted, as needed, in order to assure proper fitting.
Pete’s personal and professional involvement includes: Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association; Member of the American Physical Therapy Association; Guest Lecturer at both Concordia University and UWM; Certification by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and USA Triathlon; as well as earning triathlon (swimming, biking, running) championships in California, Texas, and Wisconsin.
“Helping patients through an injury or diagnosis can be very difficult, but I really enjoy working with a wide variety of patients. I believe that individualized treatment is very important for optimal results in rehabilitation and with the correct program and encouragement, patients can improve or regain their function, activities, livelihood, or athletic performance.”