Orthopedic physical therapy refers to physical therapy for disorders or dysfunction of your musculoskeletal system. Our physical therapists are skilled in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of all of these problems and more. They are experts in assessing your movement and developing a plan to help you move better with less pain and more efficiency by using their manual therapy skills, therapeutic exercise, and education to return to you to your life with personalized care. We work with you through empathetic care to empower you to embrace your challenges and restore your function to get you to your goals.
Back and neck pain can be extremely debilitating. It can affect every part of your life from sleeping, your mood, to interacting with your friends, family, and co-workers in negative ways. Back and neck pain can be caused by a trauma of an accident or fall and by many things that do not involve direct trauma. Some of those things include overuse activities such as working out or lifting too often or weights that are too heavy, improper form while lifting, prolonged sitting and lying down especially with poor posture, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, general wear and tear on your body from age, or wearing a poorly fitting backpack or a backpack that is too heavy. There are other more serious conditions that can cause back pain such as infections, tumors, abdominal problems, obesity, and congenital issues.
Some of the things that can go wrong in your back or neck are:
Low back treatment generally includes a combination of some of the following:
Physical therapy works to strengthen the muscles around your joints to support them. Your joints need this because they may have been weakened by damage and inflammation. Physical therapy exercises can help reduce joint pain and stiffness, as well as improve your range of motion, making you more mobile. Here conditions that we treat here at Balance Chicago.
Shoulder pain can come from the shoulder joint itself or from any of the many surrounding muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Shoulder pain that comes from the joint usually worsens with activities or movement of your arm or shoulder especially with overhead or repetitive movements. Treatment usually includes postural retraining, scapular stability and mobility, and strength training. We will utilize different treatment methods including and not limited to dry needling, mobilizations, soft tissue therapy, and cupping.
Shoulder injuries include:
Elbow pain can have causes that are not due to traumatic injury or underlying disease. Many times elbow injuries are caused by overuse injuries. Treatment typically includes passive and active stretching, stabilization and strengthening, education to correct the mechanism of your injury. We will utilize different treatment methods including and not limited to dry needling, mobilizations, soft tissue therapy, and cupping.
Elbow injuries include:
Wrist and hand pain can come in many different forms. Your pain can be sharp, shooting, dull and achy, numb, and tingly. Your pain can be constant or can come and go with movement. Treatment typically includes passive and active stretching, joint mobilization, stabilization and strengthening, education to correct the mechanism of your injury. We will utilize different treatment methods including and not limited to dry needling, mobilizations, soft tissue therapy, and cupping.
Hand injuries include:
Hip pain is one of the most common ailments people face as they age. Hip pain can be felt in or around the hip joint. Although, it is not always felt in the hip itself but may instead be felt in your butt, groin, or thigh. Treatment generally entails a combination of core stabilization, lower body and hip strengthening, and various modalities for pain management including cupping, dry needling, and soft tissue mobilization.
Hip injuries include:
Knee pain can result from exercise or daily activities. Knee pain can come from trauma, arthritis, or overuse. We perform many different assessments including gait and running analysis to determine what is causing your pain. Treatment generally entails a combination of core stabilization, lower body and hip strengthening, and various modalities for pain management including cupping, dry needling, and soft tissue mobilization.
Knee injuries include:
We rely heavily on our feet and ankles to live so much of our lives. It’s no surprise that they are often one of the most common parts of the body to be injured. Treatment for foot and ankle injuries generally incorporates stretching, hip and ankle stabilization and strengthening, and proprioceptive retraining.
Foot injuries include:
Whether you like to participate in weekend sports or an avid athlete, Balance Chicago has you covered. We are here to evaluate and treat your sports injuries efficiently, effectively and keep you participating while you heal. We also can evaluate you to help you prevent your injuries. We can teach you proper strengthening and flexibility, as well as, how to train for your sport so that you can keep happy, healthy, and playing for life.
We know that a sport injuries can really set you back from your training and your competitions and that sport injuries come in varying degrees of severity. Due to the high-speed nature of most sports injuries, trauma that can happen to muscles, tissues, and joints can be severe. Common injuries include ligament sprains, muscle strains, and fractures. Other injuries come from overuse and can sneak up on you over time. It is important to listen to your body and not wait until you are crippled with pain or unable to play. Physical therapy will help you treat your sport injury to get you back to your playing and training pain-free. We aim to get you back to better than you were pre-injury!
The seven most common athletic injuries are: