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Are you looking for help with physiotherapy in Northwest Chicago IL? The team at Elite Total Rehab is here to help.

Physical Therapy Rehabilitation in Northwest Chicago IL

Physical therapy is the act of performing therapeutic exercises targeted to help restore strength, flexibility, endurance, and overall improvement of a specific region in the body. Therapy is prescribed to patients who suffer from neuro-musculoskeletal pain (pain from nerves, muscle, joints, bones, tendons, and ligaments) whether it’s from surgery, recent trauma such as a work injury or a motor vehicle accident, poor body mechanics, or pain from advancement in age. Exercises help to stimulate circulation, stabilize joints, improve posture and improve proprioception (balance) to help decrease falls in the elder population.

Conditions That Physiotherapy Help

Physiotherapy helps restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Physiotherapy or "medically directed rehab" helps restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. Our Northwest Chicago IL patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy.

Treatment often includes exercise; especially for patients who have been immobilized or who lack flexibility, strength, or endurance. Physiotherapy helps encourage patients to use their muscles to increase their flexibility and range of motion. More advanced exercises focus on improving strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. The goal is to improve how an individual functions at work and at home.

Physiotherapy also helps care for a wide range of disorders; such as pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, neurology, and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy.

FAQs About Physiotherapy

Do I need to see a physician before I can receive physiotherapy?

  • No, all 50 states have direct access to Physiotherapy. This means that you don't need to see a medical doctor or primary care provider before care.

What is the difference between a chiropractor and a physiotherapist?

  • Our physicians perform a comprehensive analysis of a range of motion, including identifying the joints involved, tissue limitations, muscular imbalances, and structural pathologies. A chiropractor will care for the spine and be able to order special tests like X-rays, MRIs, and blood tests.

How Physiotherapy Works

Elite Total Rehab of Northwest Chicago IL was designed to provide an ideal environment for healing your body, through chiropractic, massage, or physiotherapy. When you arrive at our office, our physicians will take a thorough history, and evaluation of the entire body including posture and biomechanics, range of motion, and joint mobility to find out the cause of pain or disability. You will then discuss treatment options and goals so that we can customize a treatment plan catered to you.

Each session will last roughly one hour. The frequency of visits and the length of treatment is determined by the physician who prescribed the treatment. The results are typically a result of the patient's commitment. When the patient follows the plan, does their exercises as often as suggested, and uses the proper techniques, the treatment is typically very successful.

Before Your Appointment

It is a good idea to arrive at your physiotherapy appointment properly dressed. It is best that you wear snug comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict your movement. It is also a good idea to bring your insurance card, a form of identification, the prescription that your physician gave you, and if needed, your co-pay.

Types of Physical Therapy We Offer:

Custom Foot Orthotics

A proper foot orthotic is imperative when talking about the structure of the foot. Here at Elite Total Rehab, we use only the best orthotics on the market with Foot Levelers. Patients may benefit from foot orthotics if they have not only foot pain but also knee, hip, and low back pain.

Foot orthotics help to stabilize the foot ensuring a sound foundation for the musculoskeletal system reducing foot supination or pronation causing rotation of the shin bone (tibia) altering the mechanics of the skeletal system.

Visit Foot Levelers for a complete explanation. It is also worth noting that when medically necessary insurance companies will allow orthotics to be ordered.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Electrical Muscle Stimulation is an exceptional way to help the body in the healing process. This is accomplished by sending a very small electrical current into the affected soft tissue injury or muscle spasm. The therapy utilizes this current in an effort to help reduce swelling and release trigger points that may have the muscle locked up. It does this by helping the body to release natural relievers of pain often referred to as endorphins.

This is a great therapy if there is a spasm in a back or neck muscle. It works well in relaxing the muscle and allowing it to return to its normal state rather quickly. Short therapy sessions are excellent at facilitating healing from acute and chronic pain.

Intersegmental Traction

This therapy is administered using a specifically designed table to gently facilitate joint motion to vertebral segments throughout the spine. The patient lies in the supine (face up) position on the table and the clinician increases the pressure or intensity within the patient’s tolerance. A roller gently glides from the base of the spine over the sacrum to the base of the skull at the top of the neck. This treatment is effective in relaxing the muscles of the spine and increasing joint motion to individual segments of the spine.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a modality that uses a machine to conduct deep heat into a tissue to help increase circulation, increase tissue relaxation, scar tissue breakdown and promote healing. The machine may be adjusted using different wave frequencies to affect either deep structures, such as the multifidus (a deep muscle in the low back) or the extensor carpi radialis (a superficial muscle in the forearm).

Certain ultrasounds also create a heating effect to help relax the muscles or tightness in the body. This heat combined with the overall features of the ultrasound help to start the healing process at the most basic cellular level speeding up your road to recovery.

If you are interested in Physiotherapy in Northwest Chicago IL, call our Elite Total Rehab team today!

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Elite Total Rehab

7008 W Higgins Ave
Chicago, IL 60656

(773) 763-2387