Northwestern Medicine offers adult inpatient, pediatric inpatient, and adult and pediatric outpatient rehabilitation at over 40 facilities throughout the Chicago area. We have licensed and experienced therapists trained in treating newborns, teens and adults with different conditions. These range from common to complex illnesses and injuries.
Our goal is to help you return to your maximum function so you can take part in daily living and leisure activities. This can improve your quality of life.
When you choose Northwestern Medicine for your rehabilitation needs, you will receive one-on-one therapy. It starts with a thorough evaluation. Your therapist will work with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals.
Multidisciplinary Team Approach
Northwestern Medicine provides access to advanced, collaborative care. Depending on your diagnosis and needs, your team may include:
- Licensed therapists who provide physical, occupational and speech therapy.
- Athletic training services for performance enhancement. Plus, a full return to sport evaluation and treatment including Dartfish® motion analysis.
Physical therapy aims to optimize your physical abilities, reduce the effects of your disease or injury, and prevent further disability. You will learn how to manage your condition, reduce pain and restore mobility. This can maximize your level of function and independence. Treatment may include:
- Therapeutic exercises to improve endurance and overall muscle strength
- Hands-on techniques to re-educate muscles, restore alignment and enhance movement
- Treatments and exercises to improve balance and coordination
- Specialized techniques to help reduce pain
Occupational therapists help you do daily activities, such as cooking, eating, bathing and dressing. They also address issues related to vision and cognition. To help achieve your maximum level of independence, your occupational therapist may design a therapy program to:
- Improve physical endurance and strength
- Increase your ability to do activities of daily living
- Help compensate for vision and memory loss
- Assess the need for specialized equipment, bracing or splinting to improve function
Your speech language pathologist specializes in the evaluation and treatment of communication, cognitive and swallowing disorders. They work with you to improve:
- Language disorders, such as trouble understanding or sharing thoughts. These may be the result of a stroke, brain injury or neurological impairment.
- Speech, including sequencing sounds into syllables or words and strengthening weak vocal cord. This can cause slow, uncoordinated speech patterns.
- Voice misuses, such as pitch, loudness and vocal quality. This may be a result of a stroke, brain injury or other neurological event.
- Swallowing disorders, including feeding disorders.
- Cognitive and communication disorders, such as problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering and problem-solving.