ORTHOPEDIC PHYSICAL THERAPY
At C.A.R.E. Physical Therapy, we treat each of our patients as whole individuals with unique personal histories and medical needs. While many people often share the same diagnosis, the underlying cause of their problem can be very different – from athletic injuries to accidents to environmental stressors such as working conditions. We believe that the most effective treatment begins with this holistic perspective on our patients and their lives. When you join C.A.R.E. as a patient, your therapist will analyze your unique body mechanics in a one-on-one evaluation before recommending a course of treatment that addresses both your immediate symptoms and their underlying cause. Our patients receive diverse treatments including tailored exercise programs, hands-on manual therapies, craniosacral therapy, and myofascial release. Some choose to supplement their physical therapy programs by working with our expert massage therapist. Whatever the source of your pain, our individualized, whole-body approach to healing will meet you where you are and help you to achieve your goals.
- ATHLETIC INJURIES
- SCIATICA/NECK, LEG, AND BACK PAIN
- POST-SURGICAL REHABILITATION
- ACCIDENTS & WORKER'S COMPENSATION
Our therapists treat many patients from Chicago’s running community. Whether you’re training for your first race or you’re a veteran marathoner, the repetitive motion of running can place stress on your body, potentially leading to irritation, inflammation, and pain. Our therapists can work with you to support the health of your ankle, knee, and hip joints through hands-on treatment and tailored exercise designed to strike the optimally healthy balance between flexibility and strength in the muscle groups you rely on. Additionally, we offer video analysis of your individual running gait to determine the root cause of your difficulties, guide treatment, and keep you running well into the future.
Likewise, the site at which pain is most acute is not necessarily the ultimate source of the problem. We know that our bodies excel at compensating for injury by redistributing strength to uninjured areas of the body. Over time, however, this can result in imbalances which put significantly more strain on the overtaxed body parts. The wear and tear on these areas is painful, but its ultimate cause may be weakness or imbalance located in another part of the body altogether, which may or may not display symptoms of its own.
Our individualized approach to treatment will combine manual therapies with targeted exercise in order to relieve your most immediate symptoms and treat the underlying cause of your pain to promote long-term functionality.
Because there are so many potential causes of and symptoms for TMJ, it is always best treated on an individual basis. After a one-on-one evaluation, your therapist will suggest a course of treatment that address both your symptoms and their underlying cause to ensure both short-term relief and long-term prevention of further dysfunction.
Common Disorders in Infants
Torticollis, sometimes called wry neck – occurs when infants hold their heads at an asymmetrical angle, most often pulling the chin towards the shoulder
Plagiocephaly – the back or side of an infant’s head appears abnormally flattened
Positional Clubfoot – occurs when an infant’s foot rotates outward excessively
Reflux – can cause frequent choking or spitting up and inadequate weight gain
Difficulty with latching or timing during breastfeeding
Ankyloglossia, commonly referred to as tongue tie – occurs when infants are born with a small, tight band of tissue binding their tongue to the bottom of their mouth, resulting in inadequate range of motions
Hypotonia – occurs when infants experiencing difficulty learning to hold their heads up, sit, roll, or otherwise self-support
Common Disorders in Toddlers and Children
Coordination and balance challenges – difficulty standing and walking, or frequent tripping
Unusual locomotion – asymmetrical “creeping” gaits or scooting on the buttocks instead of crawling or walking
Difficulty or delay in speaking
ADD/ADHD – difficulties with attention and focus often co-occur with motor problems
Treatment for TOS will be tailored to your specific history and circumstances, and usually includes manual therapy to release soft tissue restrictions and mobilize bony structures, as well as strengthening exercises to correct postural asymmetries.
Signs and Symptoms of TOS:
Puffiness or swelling of the arm or hand
Bluish discoloration of the hand
Sensation of heaviness in the arm or hand
Deep, toothache-like pain in the neck, shoulder, arm, or hand that increases at night
Easily fatigued arm/hand
Bizarre sensations, such as bugs crawling, pins and needles, or numbness in the arm/hand
Difficulty with fine motor tasks
Alicia Bien, our licensed massage therapist, has been treating patients for over twenty years. After earning her degree from Krakow Physical Education College in 1984, she worked with inpatient and post-surgical patients for six years before moving to the U.S. in 1998. Since earning her massage license in 2002, Alicia has developed a reputation for excellence among her clients. Her extensive training and experience lend her a higher level of expertise than many practicing massage therapists.
Alicia practices a diverse range of therapeutic techniques including trigger point massage, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, zero balancing, myofascial release, and pregnancy massage. Massage therapy with Alicia can be part of a physical therapy treatment plan, or a standalone service. Alicia is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. She offers 60 and 90 minute appointments for $65.00 and $90.00 respectively.
Massages are by appointment only. Please contact Alicia at 773-742-7153 to schedule your next massage!
Receive a FREE MASSAGE when you refer a friend for physical therapy.
*Your referral must have a minimum of 4 physical therapy visits.
Massage Therapy currently only available at our Chicago location.
Phenomenal. I’ve seen many different doctors and received many different treatments, and nothing has come close. My daughter also comes here. She suffered from migraines, and after coming to C.A.R.E., she has also found great relief.
-Nancy M., Chicago