Physical therapist instructs a rehabilitation patient

Rehabilitation Services

Northwestern Medicine offers advanced, effective and personalized therapy for patients of all ages at convenient rehabilitation locations throughout the Chicagoland area.

Northwestern Medicine offers a complete range of therapies for you and your family, including follow-up therapy for newborns, sports medicine for kids of all ages and therapy for aging individuals. Our goal is to ensure that you return to your maximum functionality, daily activities and overall quality of life as confidently, safely and pain-free as possible. You will work one-on-one with one of our therapists to develop an individualized therapy regimen that is developed in close and ongoing collaboration with your physician.

Our experienced, licensed occupational therapists will conduct a complete evaluation and develop a customized therapy program for you. Your program may include:

  • Building your physical endurance and strength
  • Compensating for vision and memory loss
  • Learning methods to relieve pain
  • Performing activities of daily living (ADLs) such as:
    • Bathing
    • Cooking/eating
    • Dressing
    • Driving
    • Using a computer
    • Daily chores without reinjury
  • Regaining manual dexterity
  • Simplifying work and conserve energy with creative adaptations
  • Using adaptive equipment to make everyday activities easier
  • Training and guidance for family members and caregivers

Our speech therapists can also help you or your loved one get your speech, language and swallowing skills back on track after stroke, surgery, trauma or neurological disease.

Multidisciplinary team approach

Northwestern Medicine provides access to advanced, collaborative care, including:

  • Licensed therapists providing physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Registered nurses, respiratory therapists and exercise physiologists providing cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Athletic training services for performance enhancement and full return to sport evaluation and treatment including Dartfish® motion analysis
  • Convenient outpatient rehabilitation locations throughout the Chicagoland area
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy services to our home-bound patients through home health and hospice services

Our rehabilitation specialists are trained in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Concussion
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)/work hardening for workers' comp cases
  • Graston® therapy
  • Hand therapy
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Breast cancer therapy
  • Head/neck cancer therapy
  • Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders
  • Pediatric therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Pelvic pain and incontinence treatment
  • Running
  • Vestibular and balance disorders
  • Vocal cord dysfunction
  • Irritable larynx syndrome
  • Cognitive retraining
  • Wound care

Areas of Care

Treatments

Our Physical and Occupational Therapy team works with patients to develop an individualized treatment program that will help guide a patient's recovery from pain, injury and/or surgery.

Our focus is assisting patients in returning to their prior level of function, including recreational, social and occupational activities. Our therapists specialize in patient-focused mechanical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for musculoskeletal, sports and general orthopaedic conditions.

We have physical therapists who are board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialists, certified strength and conditioning specialists, and trained or certified in the McKenzie Method for mechanical diagnoses and treatment.

Specialized Physical and Occupational Therapy

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital’s Rehabilitative Services is Lake County’s most comprehensive and accessible offering of specialized rehabilitative services provided by highly trained, licensed physical and occupational therapists.

Physical therapists treat individuals with physical dysfunction due to disease or injury, or they help prevent injuries from occurring (i.e. athletic preparation), using treatment techniques that promote the ability to move, reduce pain and prevent disability.

Occupational therapists help individuals learn or re-learn the fine motor skills that can give them independence in everyday life.

We offer the following specialty therapy programs, staffed by therapists with certifications and specialized training:

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Cancer – oncology physical therapy
  • Cancer – lymphedema
  • Center for Child Development (pediatric therapy)
  • Dancer's Maintenance Program
  • Fall prevention
  • Hand therapy
  • Osteoporosis CARE (Complete Aerobic and Resistance Exercise and Education) therapy
  • Pelvic Floor program
  • Post C-section Early Exercise program
  • Speech therapy
  • Sports medicine
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) therapy
  • Vestibular rehabilitation

At Lake Forest Hospital, you will work one-on-one with one of our therapists to develop an individualized therapy regimen that is developed in close and ongoing collaboration with your personal physician.

Our goal is to ensure that you return to your maximum functionality, daily activities and overall quality of life as confidently, safely and pain-free as possible.

Northwestern Medicine offers a wide range of therapy services, including:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pediatric therapy
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation services
  • Speech therapy
  • Physical therapy

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Related Resources

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital Information:

  • Rehabilitation Services: Learn more about our patient focused therapy programs.
  • Pediatric Outpatient Needs Assessment: English | Spanish: Please complete this form and bring it with you to your first visit.
  • Running Medicine Clinic: Learn more about this comprehensive subspecialty care that is available for athletes of all levels.

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Information: