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Orthopedic Therapy

Dr. Michele Kehrer helping patient with physical therapy.

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 Injuries

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.

 Your spine is a complicated part of your body with many moving parts. It has 33 bones, 23 discs in between each of the bones in your neck down to through your lumbar spine, (low back.) These absorb shock and force of everyday activities such as walking.

Some of the things that can go wrong in your back or neck are:

  • Muscle strains – a tear or stretch of your muscle or muscles
  • Herniated discs – Your discs are a bit like a jelly donut. When they are injured some of the jelly parts of your disc can leak out creating irritation to your nerves of your spinal cord.
  • Sciatica – Sciatic pain is a nerve pain that can run down one or both legs from the lower back. It is usually caused by a herniated disc or bone spur in the spine presses on your Sciatic nerve. It typically affects only one side of your body.
  • Spinal stenosis – Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of your spinal canal that can pinch on your spinal cord.
 

Low back treatment generally includes a combination of some of the following:

  • Symptom management which can include modalities such as soft tissue mobilization, passive stretching, joint mobilization, electrical stimulation or other modalities, dry needling, cupping, and/ or ASTYM.
  • Range of motion exercises for your joints that are tight
  • Flexibility of your legs, hips, and back muscles
  • Strengthening of your core, hips, and legs
  • Posture education for all of your daily activities including sleeping
  • Functional exercise and activities
    Working with you to maximize your physical activity and workouts to balance your body

Joint Injuries

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 Injuries

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:

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis or tear
  • AC joint separation
  • Bursitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis is also known as Frozen Shoulder
  • Dislocation or Subluxation
  • Arthritis
  • Fracture

Elbow Injuries

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:

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Fracture
  • Bursitis
  • Hyperextension
  • Ligament injury

Wrist Injuries

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:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain’s
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Fracture

Hip Injuries

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:

  • Labral tear
  • Dislocation or subluxation
  • ITB syndrome

Knee Injuries

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:

  • Ligament injury: ACL, PCL, Medial or Lateral collateral sprain or tear
  • Tendonitis
  • Tendon tears
  • Baker’s cyst
  • Meniscus injury
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation

Foot Injuries

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:

  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprain/Strain
  • Fracture
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Achilles tendon tear or tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Sports Injuries

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:

  • Pulled muscles
  • Runner’s knee
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Shin Splints
  • Tennis Elbow
  •  Ankle sprain
  • Achilles tendonitis

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