Physical Therapists (PTs) at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush work closely with our physicians to help restore a patient's function, improve mobility, and relieve pain. Physical Therapists examine the patient's medical history and then test and measure the patient's strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function. They work to develop a treatment plan describing a treatment strategy, its purpose, and its anticipated outcome. The goal is to improve how an individual functions at work and at home.
Treatment often includes exercise for patients who have been immobilized and lack flexibility, strength, or endurance. Our Physical Therapists encourage patients to use their own muscles to increase their flexibility and range of motion before finally advancing to other exercises that improve strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. Physical Therapists also use electrical stimulation, hot packs or cold compresses, and ultrasound to relieve pain and reduce swelling. They may use traction or deep-tissue massage to relieve pain. They also may show patients exercises to do at home to expedite their recovery.
During the course of treatment, Physical Therapists document the patient's progress, conduct periodic examinations, and modify treatments when necessary. Physical Therapists are in constant communication with Midwest physicians to identify areas requiring more or less attention. Physical Therapists are licensed by the state of Illinois. Many also are certified in the specialty of orthopedics.
To learn more about Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Physical Therapists, click on any of the bio links below, or visit our physical therapy specialty page.