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.

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 more about reducing your risk of falls.

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
  • Concussion management

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
  • Whiplash associated 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.

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.


  • 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 and 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