Physical therapy

The skilled physical therapists at Edward-Elmhurst Health will get you on the road to recovery and support you at every step. We’ve helped countless individuals regain strength and rebuild skills when challenged by an illness, injury or developmental condition.

Our therapists start with a thorough evaluation and assessment, and then work with you to develop an individualized care plan. Treatment will include education about your diagnosis, hands-on manual therapy, exercises for strength and stability, and functional re-training related to your personal goals.

How can physical therapy help?

Physical therapy relieves pain, restores functioning and treats a variety of issues, including:

  • Balance and gait impairments, vestibular system issues – Issues that can lead to falls, injuries and other complications
  • Orthopedic and spine conditions – Knee, shoulder and hip problems, back pain, sprains and strains, pre- and post-orthopedic surgery therapy and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Sports injuries and performance
  • Neurological conditions – Brain injuries, balance disorders, progressive neurological disease and other conditions 
  • Stroke
  • Incontinence – Bladder or bowel control problems, especially in women
  • Pelvic pain – Discomfort while sitting, going to the bathroom or during sex
  • Lymphedema
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) – Symptoms of TMJ include jaw pain and jaw popping while chewing
  • Pediatric and developmental issues

What makes us different?

  • One-on-one treatments with the same therapist each session
  • All treatments are provided by a licensed therapist
  • Focus on function
  • We treat non-surgical, pre-surgical and post-surgical patients

Physical therapy services

At Edward-Elmhurst Health, you’ll find a full range of physical therapy services for patients of all ages, from newborns to older adults.

When you first meet with a physical therapist, you’ll have a thorough evaluation and assessment. Then, we’ll educate you about your diagnosis and develop your individualized care plan, including daily activities designed to prevent injury. Your treatment will consist of hands-on, manual-based physical therapy, as well as exercises for strength and stability—all based on your unique needs and treatment goals. 

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Fall and Balance Clinic

Every year, 1 in 3 adults 65 years or older falls. The risk of falling increases with each decade. For older adults, long-term consequences of falls such as hip fractures, traumatic brain injury, and fear of falling can significantly decrease quality of life and independent living. 

The most common risks for falls include history of falls, gait and balance impairment, peripheral neuropathy, vestibular dysfunction, muscle weakness, visual impairment, medical illness, advanced age, orthostatic hypotension, dementia, multiple prescription medications, and poor footwear. A skilled physical therapy screen/evaluation can help identify an individual’s personal risk for falls and imbalance and create an individualized treatment program to improve stability and decrease fall-related injury.

In our Fall and Balance Clinic, our licensed physical therapists are experienced in treating balance and gait impairments.

Your detailed evaluation includes an assessment of:

  • Visual impairments
  • Sensation loss in the legs
  • Vestibular system dysfunction
  • Leg strength
  • Static and dynamic balance based on age-matched norms
  • Stability on stairs
  • Walking safety over and around obstacles and with head movements

Our targeted treatment program includes:

  • Balance training
  • Core and leg strengthening
  • Stability training
  • Flexibility training
  • Functional activity and transfer training
  • Specific walking training based on individual deficits found during evaluation
  • Education on strategies to improve safety at home and in the community

Fall prevention

As we age, fall prevention should be a high priority in avoiding injury and continuing an active healthy lifestyle. Most falls can be prevented through proper patient evaluation and education.

Our physical therapists will conduct a thorough evaluation using outcome scales that help identify your risk of falling, and work with you to develop a personalized plan of care and a home exercise program.

Learn about our Fall and Balance Clinic.

Sports rehab

Edward-Elmhurst Sports Rehab is dedicated to preserving and restoring function in the musculoskeletal system following injury or surgery. Injury during sport and recreation is a common occurrence, but persistent pain and limitation does not have to be.

Our therapists take pride in our ability to evaluate and treat all sports injuries. Our rehab outcomes rank in the top 10 percent nationwide, and we do so in fewer visits than the average clinic, saving you money. We will match you with the right therapist at the right location to restore your function and help you achieve your sports and recreation goals.

Common conditions we treat:

  • Pre-surgical and post-surgical
  • Sprains and strains
  • Overuse injury
  • Muscle weakness and imbalance
  • Fractures
  • Spinal dysfunction
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Tendonitis and bursitis

What makes use different?

  • One-on-one treatments with the same therapist each session
  • All treatments provided by a licensed physical therapist
  • Focus on recreational and sport specific goals
  • Staff with post-graduate training in sports rehab
  • We work directly with your physician as a comprehensive rehab team

Treatments include:

  • Strengthening
  • Stretching and mobility training
  • Stability training
  • Manual therapy/Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization
  • Dartfish video gait analysis
  • Sport specific training

Learn more about sports medicine at Edward-Elmhurst Health.

Pain management

Pain is very complex, but recent research has shed light on why some people have chronic, widespread pain that can last for months or even years. The important thing to know is that tissues heal, pain resolves, and physical therapy is an effective, safe way to treat it.

The physical therapists at Edward-Elmhurst Health are experts in the non-surgical, non-medical treatment of chronic pain. They are well-versed in the latest treatments in pain science including: therapeutic neuroscience education, hands-on physical therapy, graded activity and aerobic exercise, habituation and specific exercises to help reduce pain and prevent future problems.

Therapeutic Neuroscience Education is an approach that aims to explain pain concepts to patients from a neuroscience approach, but in easy-to-understand terms. Recent research has shown that more knowledge about how pain works leads to better outcomes, such as experiencing less pain, improving function, and improving tolerance for exercise and other physical activities.

Who may benefit from physical therapy to help relieve pain?

Individuals with the following pain conditions may benefit from physical therapy:

  • Chronic low back and neck pain, with or without pain extending into the arms or legs 
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Whiplasssociated disorder
  • Muscle tension headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tendonitis
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Work-related pain/injury
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Chronic regional pain syndrome

Pain is normal, and all of us will have pain at some point in our lives. However, living in pain is not normal. Talk to one of our physical therapists today about what you can do to treat your chronic pain.

Learn more about pain management at Edward-Elmhurst Health.

Stroke and neuro rehabilitation

Each year, approximately 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot receive the blood it needs and therefore starts to die. 

Strokes can cause muscle weakness, sensory loss, visual deficits, nausea and vomiting, changes in speech and swallowing, dizziness, difficulty breathing and gait disorder. 

At Edward-Elmhurst Rehab, we have several Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists who specialize in recovery from stroke and address all of these issues to maximize functional independence. Whether the stroke happened 3 weeks or 6 months ago, rehabilitation can significantly help to improve motor control, balance, gait, self-care, speech, and quality of life.

Our therapists specialize in the treatment of all neurological diagnoses, including stroke. Because patients often require multiple therapies, such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, we’ll help coordinate your appointments so you can see all your specialists at your convenience.

What makes us different?

  • One-on-one treatments with the same therapist each session
  • All treatments provided by a licensed therapist 
  • Focus on function 
  • Personalized goal setting 
  • All three services offered at our Naperville Dynacom Location with individual services offered at other locations
     

Stroke and neuro services

Our progressive services benefit patients with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Balance and gait disorders
  • Guillan Barre
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Vestibular dysfunction

Neurological physical therapy

A stroke often causes muscle weakness and/or loss of sensation in the arm and/or leg opposite the side of the brain affected by the stroke. Physical therapists promote independence with functional mobility through strength and endurance training, facilitation of neuro-motor control and coordination, addressing changes in muscle tone, and gait retraining. Physical therapy can also address pain and help ease challenges of daily routines through corrective and compensatory strategies to decrease task difficulty and improve safety.

Learn about neurological occupational therapy.

Learn about speech therapy after a stroke.

Learn more about our exceptional care for neurological diseases and stroke.

Pelvic floor rehabilitation

Pelvic floor rehabilitation offers a wide range of treatment options for both women and men with urinary incontinence, pelvic pain and other pelvic disorders who are seeking alternative treatments to medication and surgical techniques.

Pelvic health physical therapists help restore urinary, bowel, and sexual function that involves the pelvic floor muscles, surrounding muscles, soft tissue, viscera, and joints.

Edward-Elmhurst Health's pelvic health physical therapists are specially trained in evaluating and treating women’s pelvic floor conditions. Your therapist will work with your medical team in helping you regain control of your life.

Current evidence supports pelvic health physical therapy as an important component in treating urinary incontinence, bowel dysfunction, pelvic pain, and pelvic organ prolapse. Research shows pelvic health physical therapy is a successful conservative treatment option that does not involve surgery, invasive procedures, and medications. In some cases, outcomes are best achieved with a multi-disciplinary approach that may also include diet, medications, trigger point injections, and surgical procedures.

Common pelvic floor disorders

Common pelvic floor disorders treated in physical therapy include:

  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Urge urinary incontinence
  • Mixed urinary incontinence (both stress and urge)
  • Urinary frequency /dysuria (requires negative urinalysis)
  • Painful bladder syndrome (interstitial cystitis) 
  • Dyspareunia 
  • Pelvic pain (myalgia/myositis, vaginismus, dyspareunia, anal spasm) 
  • Endometriosis
  • Chronic constipation (dyssynergic defecation, slow transit time, abdominal pain) 
  • Coccydynia 
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (pre/post-op) (cystocele, rectocele, ureterocele, vaginal vault prolapse) 
  • Pre/Post prostectomy
  • Pre/Post Natal
  • Lumbar spine/sacroiliac dysfunction
  • Hip dysfunction
  • Pregnancy-related musculoskeletal pain (pubic symphysis separation, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sacroiliac dysfunction) 
  • Postpartum musculoskeletal and pelvic floor dysfunction (diastasis recti, perineal laceration, pelvic organ prolapse, coccydynia, incontinence)

Treatment process

Your first visit includes an orthopedic evaluation, internal vaginal and/or rectal assessment to determine your pelvic floor strength, control, coordination, and flexibility. Your pelvic health physical therapist will perform a thorough review with you in order to determine a treatment plan that is best orientated towards your rehabilitation goals. In addition, your therapist will address surrounding joints, soft tissue, and muscle complaints of the hip and spine that are commonly associated with pelvic floor dysfunction.

A complete evaluation, both internal and external, is needed to confirm the type of disorder, severity and cause. Typically, patients undergo treatment 1-2 times per week for 6-12 weeks. Frequency and length of treatment may vary depending on diagnosis and other factors.

Treatments may include:

  • Internal and external manual therapy techniques to increase soft tissue, visceral, and joint mobility
  • Biofeedback to assist in learning how to appropriately control and coordinate pelvic floor muscles
  • Therapeutic exercise to restore pelvic floor functional control, muscle strength, and soft tissue mobility of surrounding involved joints
  • Bladder/bowel/diet diary and education to reduce urgency, frequency, leakage and pelvic pain
  • Education to help coordinate healthy bladder, bowel, and pelvic habits within your daily activities
  • Modalities to assist with pain, muscle strength, and urgency
The resources of Edward-Elmhurst Health enable us to offer Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation across the system.
  • At Elmhurst Hospital, call 331-221-6050 to make an appointment at the Specialty Care Center in the Center for Health.
  • Call the Women’s Center for Pelvic Medicine at Edward at 630-527-5120 for pelvic rehab locations or to make an appointment with a urogynecologist.

Learn more about the Women's Center for Pelvic Medicine.

Vestibular rehabilitation

The body uses its vestibular system – inner ears, eyes, brain, muscles and tactile sensation – for input about its position or movement. If any part of your vestibular system is not relaying information correctly, you can experience dizziness, ringing in your ears, vertigo, nausea, loss of balance, blurred vision and other symptoms. Vestibular disorders can greatly impact an individual’s function and ability to complete everyday tasks.

Vestibular rehabilitation involves hands-on, exercise, and habituation techniques designed to reduce symptoms of vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, imbalance and falls, and motion sensitivity. All aimed to restore your normal function.

Edward-Elmhurst Rehabilitation prides itself in that our outcomes rank in the top 10 percent nationwide, and we do so in less visits than the average clinic, saving you money.

Our vestibular specialists are area leaders in vestibular rehabilitation. Our specialists conduct thorough, evidence-based evaluations and create individualized treatment plans.

We develop patient-specific rehab programs to help you achieve your goals and restore your function. We will match you with the right therapist at the right location to improve your outcomes and satisfaction. Your plan may include physical correcting maneuvers, exercises to help you adapt to your symptoms, re-education of your neuromuscular system and a home exercise program.

Common diagnoses:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo/BPPV
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Neuritis acoustic neuroma
  • Concussion
  • TBI
  • Stroke and TIA
  • Imbalance

Physical evaluation includes:

  • Vestibular and ocular motor screening
  • Positional vertigo testing
  • Static and dynamic balance assessment
  • Musculoskeletal assessment

Physical therapy interventions:

  • Canalith repositioning
  • Habituation
  • Gaze stabilization
  • Visual and cognitive re-training
  • Compensation
  • Postural training
  • Balance training

Edward-Elmhurst Rehabilitation offers FREE balance screening for those patients who have poor balance or difficulty walking.

Step-Down Program

Edward-Elmhurst Rehabilitation is now offering a Step-Down Program to our current or recently-discharged patients to continue working toward their personal or long term goals.

This program is designed for those who no longer need to see their physical therapist for individualized sessions more than once a week, but are interested in continuing strengthening and conditioning.

Details:

  • One-on-one or group training with a certified personal trainer and Edward-Elmhurst trained exercise rehab specialist
  • Group sizes are small and create cost savings for you
  • Groups are 4-6 people and are preset 6-week long programs for $40 per person
  • Group training is available for patients with balance issues, Parkinson’s Disease and post-operative strengthening for joint replacements
  • Individual sessions with a trainer are $30 per session, paid at time of each visit Sessions last for 45 minutes with an 8 visit max

Benefits of the Step-Down Program:

  • Increase muscle strength or tone to perform difficult tasks
  • Increase stamina or cardiovascular conditioning
  • Decrease excess body weight Improve flexibility
  • Continue to increase stability or strength in areas where excess motion is causing dysfunction and pain
  • Graded or gradual return to previously enjoyed or required activities
  • Trainers work in a team approach with your therapist
  • Comfortable with all ages and populations

LSVT BIG and LOUD for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease affects movement, muscle control and balance. It can affect daily physical activities through an increase in muscle stiffness, slowness in movement, decreased size of movement, resting tremors and gait disorder. It can also impact psychological mood, facial expression, increase fatigue and decrease volume of speech. 

Physical therapy is an important part of Parkinson’s treatment. Rehabilitation can help patients improve their mobility, speech and functional abilities. Several of our physical and speech therapists are certified in Parkinson Therapy LSVT BIG and LOUD.

LSVT is a protocol that was developed specifically to address the movement and speech impairments for people with Parkinson’s disease. The protocol is both intensive and complex, with use of repetition and a focus on amplitude with activities that are used in daily living. Whether Parkinson’s Disease is in the early or late stages, LSVT BIG and LOUD offers innovative and clinically proven methods that can help to improve speed, balance, gait, speech and quality of life. 

LSVT BIG treatments include:

  • Stability training
  • Mobility training
  • Functional activity and transfer training
  • Strengthening
  • Balance and gait training

LSVT LOUD treatments include:

  • Increasing volume of speech
  • Improving reading
  • Improving swallowing
  • Improving conversation

Locations

Naperville Dynacom 
1331 W 75th St 24600 W 127th St
603-527-3368

Romeoville
55 Phelps Ave
630-646-6880

Woodridge
6600 S Rt 53
630-646-7925

Concussion rehabilitation

A concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain that can cause neurometabolic changes in the brain. This is often not visualized through MRI or CT Scan. Approximately 1-4 million sport related concussions occur each year in the United States. Although approximately 80 percent of individuals recover within 3 weeks, 20 percent of athletes take over 3 weeks to recover.

Who may benefit from concussion rehabilitation?

If your symptoms do not resolve within the first 7-10 days, you may be appropriate for concussion rehabilitation. Our rehabilitation therapists perform a thorough examination to create an individualized treatment program to facilitate a faster recovery and safe return to sports/work.

A concussion physical evaluation includes:

  • Vestibular and ocular motor screening
  • Positional vertigo testing
  • Static and dynamic balance assessment
  • Musculoskeletal assessment
  • Exertional activity testing
  • Neurocognitive testing including ImPACT computer testing

After a concussion, physical therapy aims to:

  • Educate you on expectations in recovery
  • Provide guidelines for rest and recovery
  • Restore strength and endurance
  • Eliminate dizziness and improves balance
  • Reduce headaches
  • Help you return to normal activity and/or sports

Learn about speech therapy for concussion rehabilitation.