Therapist working with patient resistance band

When you are referred for physical therapy, you receive a thorough examination by one of our licensed physical therapists. The exam includes a review of your medical condition, functional abilities and prior level of function. The evaluation may also assess:

  • Strength
  • Range of motion (ROM)
  • Endurance
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Mobility
  • Safety awareness

Treatment plan

After initial evaluation, you and your therapist will develop a treatment plan based upon the results of the assessment and a discussion of your personal goals. Treatment may include:

  • Exercise: Our therapists may recommend an exercise program to help you maintain or gain mobility by increasing your strength, range of motion, endurance, balance and coordination.
  • Equipment: Equipment may be used to help you with mobility, balance or positioning, such as crutches, canes, walkers or wheelchairs.
  • Education: We provide education for both you and your caregiver. Oftentimes, your family and caregivers must learn how to safely assist you at home with activities such as exercise, proper positioning, transfer techniques and general mobility.
  • Discharge: Physical therapists work closely with the medical and case management team to make recommendations for discharge, such as continuation of therapy services, long-term placement or home services.



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Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in DeKalb County

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital provides comprehensive rehabilitation services for patients throughout northern Illinois.

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Physical Therapy Centers serve individuals at four locations, providing convenient physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy and speech therapy for DeKalb, Ogle, western Kane and Kendall Counties, and northern LaSalle County. A physician’s order is required to make an appointment.

Physical Therapy and More

From the athlete recovering from an ACL injury to the child working with a speech therapist, we're here to meet all of your rehab needs. We develop an individualized treatment plan for every patient that encompasses both pre- and post-injury goals and get you back to the activities you enjoy.

The interdisciplinary team at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Physical Therapy Centers consists of:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Athletic trainers
  • Massage therapists

Therapies Offered

Our rehabilitation professionals have advanced training in a range of therapies and treatment of conditions, including:

  • Conservative and post-surgical low back pain and neck pain management
  • Knee rehabilitation after total joint replacement or ACL surgery
  • Lymphedema treatment
  • Stroke therapy and treatments for other neurological conditions
  • Foot and Ankle Disorders
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip joint pain
  • Arthritis and physical impairments
  • Soft tissue injuries and wound care
  • Specialized hand therapy
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Peripheral neurological diseases and injuries
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Speech and voice disorders
  • Stroke and traumatic brain injury
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
  • Work conditioning, work hardening, and industrial rehabilitation
  • Upper extremity injuries
  • Orthopedic and sports injuries
  • Women’s health issues/pelvic pain
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Joint mobilization and gait training
  • Post surgical rehab

Physical Therapy in Sycamore, Genoa, Hampshire, Sandwich

At any of our Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Physical Therapy Centers, our team of licensed physical therapists works with a wide range of patients across all types of injuries, ages, and surgeries, including hip and knee replacement surgery.

Whether an individual is suffering from a sports injury, recovering from a stroke, or suffering from loss of mobility due to rheumatoid arthritis, our goal is to help every patient regain his or her life to the fullest extent possible.

  • Evaluation and treatment
  • Pre/post operative orthopedics
  • Physical therapy after hip or knee replacement surgery
  • Pediatric physical therapy
  • Orthotics/splinting/bracing/serial casting
  • Neurologic rehabilitation for stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions

Therapy Tactics

Orthopedic management physical therapy seeks to improve range of motion, strength, posture, and mobility by incorporating:

  • Exercise equipment
  • Manual therapy
  • Muscle strengthening techniques
  • Posture education
  • Pain-reducing technology
  • Home-based exercise programs

Physical Rehabilitation at the Hospital

When you're healing from an injury or being treated for a disabling medical condition, physical rehabilitation may be an important part of your physical therapy.

Physical Therapist

Discover what role the physical therapist plays on your rehabilitation team.