Physical Therapy Institute

The Physical Therapy Institute is a comprehensive outpatient physical therapy center. The Institute highlights the expertise of the Midwestern University physical therapy faculty and provides an exceptional educational opportunity for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students at MWU.

The mission of the Physical Therapy Institute is to return patients to the highest level of function and wellness possible utilizing evidenced-based practice, compassion and outstanding service.

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Individualized Care

Each patient at the Physical Therapy Institute is evaluated to determine their individual needs and goals. Unique treatment plans are based on a thorough assessment of the underlying movement or neuromuscular problem. Each plan includes home exercises and instruction in functional activities to maximize the patient’s involvement in treatment. Manual therapy and exercise techniques are utilized to address the specific dysfunction identified in the evaluation.

General Services

The Physical Therapy Institute addresses many types of orthopedic conditions. Treatments include posture training, body mechanics, joint mobilization, strengthening, flexibility, pain reduction, coordination training, gait training, and correction of faulty movement patterns. Diagnoses treated include back & neck pain, joint pain & dysfunction, post –surgical orthopedic conditions and sports injuries.

About Physical Therapy

The overall vision of the physical therapy profession is to “Transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human condition.” (http://www.apta.org/Vision/).  The Physical Therapy Institute is dedicated to this vision.

Physical Therapy can be a less expensive alternative to prescription drugs or surgery.  Many conditions can be treated with our conservative approach to care.  If surgery is required physical therapy can assist you in preparing you for surgery and returning to maximum function after surgery.

The Physical Therapy Institute believes in an interprofessional approach to care and will work closely with your physician and other health care providers to coordinate treatment.

Becoming a Patient

To schedule an appointment or inquire about our services, contact us at 630.743.4500.  Prior to scheduling you will need to obtain a prescription from your physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner.  Daytime and evening appointments are available.

Appointment Times and Cancellation Policy

Rehabilitation is a collaborative process.  Therefore, appointments should be cancelled/rescheduled only when absolutely necessary.  If you need to cancel or change and appointment please call 630.743.4500.

Patients who fail to fulfill scheduled appointments or who consistently arrive late may be dismissed from the MWU Specialty Care Clinic.

Specialty Services

The Physical Therapy Institute includes specialty programs that provide care for patients with the following conditions.

Men’s & Women’s Health

This broad range of diagnoses includes musculoskeletal, bowel, and bladder issues that are unique to men or women, including pelvic floor muscles dysfunction.

Pelvic floor physical therapy involves the evaluation and treatment of the pelvic floor musculature.  This musculature can become weak, exhibit increased tone and lack coordination. Treatment focuses on returning the pelvic musculature to normal tone and training the proper utilization and coordination of this musculature with functional activities. Posture, body mechanics and core stability are also addressed as they often relate to pelvic dysfunction.  At times biofeedback may be utilized to assist with the treatment.

Disorders that impact women include osteoporosis, pre-natal and postpartum musculoskeletal issues, incontinence, pelvic pain and pelvic organ prolapse.

Examples of disorders that impact men are post-prostatectomy incontinence, post hernia pain, and abdominal pain.

TMJ Dysfunction (TMD)

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is the name given to a group of problems that affect the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. Individuals with TMD often complain about pain when eating, sleeping or at rest, pain in or around the ear, locking of the jaw making it hard to open or close the mouth, general headaches or facial pain.

Treatment is individualized and may include pain reduction and symptom management, restoration of normal jaw motion, behavioral modifications, improved postural control, and prevention of symptom recurrence.

Other problems treated include chronic headaches and facial pain.

Vestibular/Dizziness Issues

People with vestibular disorders – inner ear dysfunction – frequently experience symptoms of vertigo or dizziness with changes in position of the head or with movements. They may also experience symptoms of unsteadiness or even loss of balance during walking activities.

Part of the evaluation is performed with the use of specialized goggles that digitally record eye movements that may not be seen in room light. Exercises may include particle repositioning maneuvers, gaze stabilization exercises to coordinate eye and head movements, eye movements, visual motion sensitivity training, balance, and conditioning.

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