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Dr. Kathryn Mosher

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Akron, OH
21 years experience female

Locations

Office

Akron, OH

Address

One Perkins Square, Akron, OH
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

Humana

Kaiser permanente

Medicaid

Medical mutual insurance co of maine

Medical universe

Other

Summacare

United healthcare

About

Bio

Dr. Mosher is a board certified pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation physician practicing in northeast Ohio. She is the director of a multidisciplinary neuromuscular clinic serving the needs of children and young adults with muscular dystrophies. She also has special interests in electrodiagnostics, pediatric brain injury and cerebral palsy.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
See your doctor: I really feel that this is a question that is best addressed face to face with an experienced physician you trust. I wish you all the best!
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Fasiculation: This is most likely something called a fasiculation. It is an isolated muscle twitch in one area that lasts temporarily. A good example is an eye twit... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Dysfunction: It interferes with the muscles ability to contract because it alters the electrolyte balance across the muscle memberane. You have to have the right b... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Roughly 6 months: This is not my strong suite, as i work with children exclusively. But it is important to rehabilitate under the direct supervision of a skilled physic... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
No: There are different kinds of arthritis. Some are worse during activity, others after rest, . Early morning joint pain or stiffness may be a sign of an... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Too generic: Unfortunately, given that children can be affected by cerebral palsy in such a wide variety of ways, this question is too hard to answer without more ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
A few ways: If you suspect your child has a learning disability, you can ask your school to do an assessment. You can also ask your doctor for a referal to a deve... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
See a neurologist: Not sure about this one. Could be a type of migraine.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
See a doctor!: Could be many things but what you do not want to ignore is a heart problem. Pain from the heart can feel like many different things including heartbur... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Yes: There are many options. Each must be tailored to the specific abilities of the patient. Possiblities include swimming, horseback riding therapy, and a... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Hard to answer: This question depends a whole lot more on your child's learning ability than their cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a movement disorder, not a learni... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
No: Wellbutrin's side effects include muscle aches but not spasms. If you have any questions about side effects of medication it is best to ask the physic... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Yes but . . .: Yes, there is no reason that a person with duchenne could not reproduce. However, most people with duchenne elect not to because as they get older the... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Nerve cell death: Nerve celles that produce movement begin to die causing weakness that affects the arms and legs and eventually the muscles that control swallow and s... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Brain protection: If a brain is swollen and fragile, sometimes a coma is induced to prevent the pressure inside the head from becoming too high and causing additional d... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
No: Only those children whose brain injury occured under age 3, and is stable (ie not progressing) and affects their ability to control movement qualify f... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Yes: Length of recovery has some to do with your age and baseline level of fitness. For example a teenager will recover much faster than an elderly sedenta... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
See your doctor: The way to prevent is to keep your levels stable. This includes a diet high in potassium rich foods. Also, some patients have a prescription for repla... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Steroids: Currently the mainstay of therapy for duchenne is still steroids. Steroids slow the progression of the disease but are not a cure. There are many prom... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Not directly: Cerebral palsy is caused by injury to an immature brain. It typically occurs when a child is born early or has an event where they have inadequate blo... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Reduce stress: I think it really depends on what you mean. True spasms of facial muscles (intermittent tightening with or without pain) may be indicative of an under... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Needs evaluation: It is hard to tell for sure what you mean by leg feels heavy, which can mean different things to different people. If you are having difficulty liftin... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Seek help now!!!!: Parital paralysis is never normal. It typically indicates you are either having a stroke or a "mini stroke" called a transient ischemic attack. Rarely... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Not clear cut: It really depends on the cause. Often there is some identifiable risk factor or cause. For example the child who needs resuscitation at birth or had c... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
No: Birth order is not a specific risk factor for cerebral palsy. It is however more likely to occur in children born prematurely.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Symptomatic: Most individuals primarily suffer from significant spasticity of the lower extremities in this condition which results in pain and difficulty with wal... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
The same as adults: Anyone with a muscular dystrophy has some type of genetic defect that led to it. Some have an earlier onset and so appear in childhood, and others hav... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Yes and no: Depending on the type there are some treatments to slow the progression, but htere are currently no cures. If you are passionate about this issue plea... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Yes: There are many inheritable forms of arthritis. They belong to a family of disorders called autoimmune diseases. There is juvenile idiopathic arthritis... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Yes: Hemiplegia is basically one sided paralysis.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Yes: Cerebral palsy is caused by injury to the brain in infancy or very early childhood that is nonprogressive. It has been misdiagnosed in some individual... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
It varies: Dystonia is a movement disorder that is typically caused by a problem with signals in the brain that affect movement. Some forms are caused by injury ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Maybe: I have honestly not prescribed muscle relaxants specifically for bruxism because my patients have bruxism plus spasticity in other areas. But I have u... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
ABSOLUTELY: If you suspect muscular dystrophy speak with your physician who may refer you on for evaluation by a neurologist.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Depends: This depends entirely on the type of muscular dystrophy and the type of inheritance pattern. Some disorders are dominant, meaning there is a 50/50 cha... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Focus: Occupational medicine focuses on return to work. Physical medicine and rehabilitation is much more diverse. Some specialists in pmr do occupational me... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
No: Cerebral palsy purely refers to problems with movement. However, the same patients who have cerebral palsy can be at risk for other problems like hear... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
A lot: Skin ulcers if left untreated can lead to infection, loss of muscle, and even deep infection of the underlying bone. Ulcers are usually a symptom of a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Weakness: Motor neuron diseases affect the nerves that send the impulse to muscles to initiate movement. Examples of motor neuron diseases include lou gerig's d... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Unlikely: Back pain in cerebral palsy is complex and requires specialized care. If a physical medicine and rehab doctor is in your area, a consult would be very... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Stretching, modality: Learning a good stretching regimine for your back is the foundation of good back health. Also making sure you have good back support when you sit and ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Motor delay: Children with cerebral palsy have difficulty with movement because of an injury to the areas of the brain controling movement. They typically have del... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
PT consult: The first thing to check is fit. If the seat is too deep, you may be cutting off circulation behind your legs. Also, chairs that have a sling seat are... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Plantar fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is iritation of the plantar fascia which forms the arch of your foot and is probably the most common cause of foot pain in an otherw... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Many possibilities: With a history of hip dislocations it is important to understand why. Sometimes hips are dislocated related to position in the womb. However, bilatera... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
No control: Unfortunately with genetically inherited conditions, there is no way to prevent yourself from being affected if you have the gene defect. However, tho... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Hard to say when: Gene therapy is a huge ethical dilemma in this country tied to the idea of when life begins. If you believe that life begins when a sperm fertilizes a... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
See a doctor: To answer this question, a doctor would have to see you and get a good history and perform a physical exam. It also might require some testing such as... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Unlikely: There are many things that can cause difficult labor, and many infants born during difficult labor and delivery who do not have cerebral palsy.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Yes: There are many resources for people with cerebral palsy. United cerebral palsy is a great organization that has centers all over the country. Also mos... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Mosher is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Mosher is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Minnesota
Graduated 2001MD

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Academy of cerebral palsy and developmental medicine
American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
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