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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.

Whether you are a weekend warrior or a competitive professional, at C.A.R.E. Physical Therapy we understand your unique needs as an athlete. Our therapists are highly trained and experienced in treating both overuse and traumatic injuries. Your therapist can play a vital role in your rehabilitation process by working to decrease swelling and pain, improve range of motion, restore muscle strength, and develop stability and balance. We’re ready to support you by ensuring that your injury is fully rehabilitated before you return to your sport so that you can continue to progress without further problems.
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.

Given that an estimated 8 out of 10 people will experience at least one episode of serious back pain within their lifetime, it’s not surprising that this problem results in millions of lost workdays and dollars spent on healthcare costs each year. When treating back pain, it’s important to remember that spine problems are seldom the result of any one single injury or accident. Neck and back pain are much more likely due to trauma accumulated over time through poor posture, lack of proper exercise, and other forms of chronic strain. While there is often a single precipitating incident that prompts people to seek medical attention, their pain has likely been accruing for years.
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.

Most headaches are caused by muscular tension and vascular dysfunction. Vascular dysfunction results in pain that patients describe as throbbing, or like a painful heartbeat in their heads. Muscular tension headaches are caused by myofascial tightness and muscle spasms that cause pain to radiate around the eyes, neck, and back. Our treatment plans address both of types of pain at their causal root. We’ll start by identifying imbalances in the musculoskeletal structure of the cranium, neck, shoulders, and pelvis. Then, your therapist will apply hands-on manual therapeutic techniques to your specific problem areas in order to release muscular restriction and rebalance the circulatory system. We’ll work with you to strengthen your neck and shoulder muscles, support healthy posture, and instruct you in simple exercises and biofeedback techniques so that you are able to recognize the source of your headaches and address them before they begin in the future.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ, is a dysfunction of the joint just in front of the ear where the temporal bone of the skull meets the lower jaw. Over 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ; its possible causes include chronic poor posture, clenching or grinding of the teeth, neck, shoulder, or back disfunction, recent major dental work, and biting or chewing of the lips and cheeks. It can even be caused or aggravated by cold weather. TMJ causes pain or an uncomfortable “clicking” sensation when the jaw is moved, lockjaw, muscle tenderness, and headaches.
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.

Treatment by a physical therapist can address common developmental and postural problems from infancy to adolescence. Through individualized attention and gentle, hands-on treatment, our therapists work with children and their parents to correct a number of early life disorders related to movement, coordination, posture, feeding, and speech.

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

he thoracic outlet, located between the neck and the shoulder, houses several significant veins, arteries, and nerves. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, or TOS, is the collective name for a set of painful symptoms resulting from abnormal compression of the thoracic outlet. Compression is most commonly caused when the shape of the outlet changes, which can occur over the course of normal life events such as pregnancy or be caused by traumatic injury, congenital bone abnormalities, or chronic stress due to poor posture, frequently lifting and carrying heavy loads, or strenuous activity. Pain, numbness, weakness, tingling or crawling sensations, swelling, and discoloration of the arm and hand can all indicate TOS.
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.

If you’ve had surgery recently, a physical therapy can help to ease your pain and facilitate your recovery. Our therapists will work with you to implement your doctor’s post-surgical protocol at the right pace for you to help you regain strength and range of motion. Because all of our appointments are one-on-one, you can be sure that your physical therapy will be tailored to your specific needs throughout your recovery.

If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident or if the conditions of your work are causing you pain, you may be entitled to physical therapy as part of your worker’s compensation. Our billing department can work directly with your claims adjuster to make sure the treatment process is as seamless as possible for you. Our physical therapists will work with you individually to treat your injury, ease your pain, and help you develop strategies to keep them from recurring in the future.

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