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.

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

Physical therapy services

At Edward-Elmhurst, 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. 

Meet our physical therapists.


Physiatry, sometimes referred to as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is a medical specialty that cares for a wide spectrum of patients with musculoskeletal disorders like back and neck pain or those who have physical disability related to stroke, brain injury, spinal cord disorders, and trauma. Like your primary care physician, who is the first health professional you visit for routine care, a physiatrist is often the first health professional to call when you have issues with your ability to move, have pain, or require treatment for sports and work-related injuries.

Our physiatrists are experts in non-surgical back and other musculoskeletal problems and work closely with neurologists, neuro and orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists to ensure you have the appropriate level of care needed for your recovery.

Fall prevention, balance and gait analysis

Our licensed physical therapists are experienced in treating balance and gait impairments.

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.

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.

Our specialists conduct thorough, evidence-based evaluations and create individualized treatment plans. 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.

Orthopedic issues and joint pain

At some point in our lives, we all have pain that makes life's simple tasks difficult. Whether you’re experiencing knee, back or shoulder pain, our physical therapists can help you regain mobility and health. We can also help you prepare for or recover from orthopedic surgery.

You’ll benefit from a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, and progressive one-on-one care with the same therapist throughout the length of your treatment. We also provide treatment options from board-certified orthopedic specialists on staff.

Back pain, spine and neck conditions

Back pain is one of the most common complaints, affecting as many as 80 percent of the population at some point. If left untreated, back pain often leads to higher medical costs, increased use of medication, surgery and lost time at work.

Taking care of your back and seeking early treatment can make a world of difference in your overall health. Physical therapy is the treatment of choice with the best long-term outcomes for reducing or eliminating back pain.

Back, spine and neck conditions we treat

We help individuals with a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Generalized neck, thoracic and/or low back pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Post-operative laminectomies, foraminotomies and fusions
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Disc pathology
  • Upper and lower extremity radicular symptoms
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Spondylosis and spondylolisthesis
  • Postural dysfunction
  • Headaches

Stroke and neuro rehabilitation

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.

Stroke and neuro services

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

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

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