Orthopedic Care and Physical Therapy in Chicago

Expert orthopedic and sports Physical Therapy that will improve your health and quality of life with better mobility, and moving without pain.

Chicago Orthopedic Physical Therapy

PT for sports and performing arts are specialized branches of physical therapy focusing on the unique needs and challenges of athletes and performing artists.

Sports physical therapy involves the assessment and treatment of injuries/conditions related to sports and exercise, with the goal of restoring function, reducing pain, and preventing further injury. Our physical therapists work with athletes of all ages and skill levels — from hobbyist runners and sports players to professional athletes.

Our approach in sports physical therapy includes:

  • Manual therapy. Hands-on techniques to manipulate soft tissues and joints to reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve function.
  • Therapeutic exercise. Exercises and stretches to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance to help athletes return to their pre-injury level of activity.
  • Injury prevention. Education and training on techniques to reduce the risk of injury during sports and exercise, like proper form and conditioning.

Physical Therapy for Performing Arts focuses on the specific needs of performing artists, like dancers, musicians, and actors. You may suffer from unique types of injuries or conditions, such as repetitive strain injuries, and may require specialized rehabilitation techniques.

Sports & Art Performance Rehabilitation

If you’ve recently had orthopedic surgery or experienced a musculoskeletal injury, then pre and post-orthopedic rehabilitation can become critical in your recovery process.

Before your surgery or intervention, pre-orthopedic rehabilitation helps prepare you in several ways.

  • Helps manage pain and inflammation before the surgery, improving the results after surgery
  • Helps improve muscle strength, flexibility, and endurance for easier recovery
  • Pre-rehabilitation educates you about your condition and sets expectations
  • Provides emotional support and prepares you mentally for the procedure, reducing anxiety and stress

After surgery or injury, post-orthopedic rehabilitation helps restore your function and mobility. The goals of post-rehabilitation include managing pain and inflammation, regaining muscle strength, flexibility, and endurance, restoring joint range of motion and mobility, and focusing on functional activities such as walking, climbing stairs, and reaching. Post-rehabilitation also educates you on exercises, activities, and lifestyle modifications to prevent further injury.

Our experienced physical therapists will work closely with you to personalize your treatment based on your needs and goals. Give yourself the best chances for success — schedule your first appointment now!

Pre- and Post-Orthopedic Surgery Physical Therapy

If you are experiencing low back pain, physical therapy can prove extremely effective. Common causes of low back pain (that PT can help with) includes:

  • sciatica pain
  • lumbar facet syndrome
  • constipation
  • abdominal scar tissue
  • pregnancy

Depending on our findings during your thorough physical examination, we may put together a plan of one or more of the following therapies:

  • Manual therapy (such as joint mobilization or manipulation). Relieves pain and improves joint mobility
  • Therapeutic exercises. Improves muscle strength and flexibility, helping relieve pain and prevent further injury
  • Posture and body mechanics education. Reduces stress on the back
  • Modalities (heat or dry needling, Indiba, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation). Relieves pain and improves tissue healing
  • Education on pain management techniques. Provides stress reduction, helping individuals manage their pain

The experienced and skilled physical therapists at Advance Core will evaluate your condition, assess your pain level and functional abilities. We will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs, so you can live your best life!

PT for Lower Back Pain

If you have neck pain, you know first-hand the misery it can cause in your daily life. The good news is — excellent physical therapy can help you feel better! Neck pain can have many different causes, like bad posture, muscle strain, or a herniated disc.

Here is how we have helped patients deal with chronic or sudden neck pain:

  • Massage and move your joints or muscles. Reduces pain and increases your range of motion.
  • Provide exercises that strengthen your muscles. Helps you move better, and minimize pain.
  • Train you on correct posture. Helps avoid putting strain on your neck.
  • Use special tools like radio frequency, dry needling, or electrical stimulation. Helps speed up healing and providing relief.
  • Teach you to manage your pain. Shows how to relax or reduce stress.
  • Suggest changes to your work or home environment. Helps reduce your neck pain through changing your environment, like getting a different chair or keyboard.

During your appointments, we will put together a customized therapy plan that works for you. We will address your pain levels, see what you can and can’t do, and translate into a PT plan to help you feel better.

PT for Neck Pain

Fibromyalgia — a chronic condition causing pain, fatigue, and sleep problems can be relieved with physical therapy.

Here’s how PT helps:

  • Regular exercise can help your heart health, reduce pain and stiffness, and improve your sleep. We might put together a plan for low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, or cycling.
  • Resistance training can help your muscles get stronger, reduce fatigue, and help you do everyday things more easily.
  • Stretching can help you become more flexible and reduce muscle tension, which can reduce pain and stiffness.
  • Pain management techniques, for example explaining how to relax, breathe deeply, and meditate to help you deal with pain better.
  • Modalities like heat or ice, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation may be used to help you feel better.
    Lifestyle changes, like teaching how to get better sleep, eat healthier, and manage stress better.

At Advance Core Therapy, we evaluate your condition, assess your pain level and functional abilities, and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that helps you reach your goals and life your best life despite chronic pain.

PT for Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia

Dull and nagging, or sharp joint pain can happen for many reasons like injury, overuse, or developing arthritis.

If you have joint pain, physical therapy can be really helpful in managing the pain and avoiding injuries. PT helps improve joint movement, reduce pain and swelling, and prevent more damage to the joint.

The goals of physical therapy for joint pain are to reduce pain, improve strength and flexibility, improve balance and coordination, and improve how well you can perform everyday tasks.

Your Physical Therapist at Advance Core will look at the joint and surrounding muscles to make a plan that’s right just for you. To help with pain and swelling, we may use heat, cold, or electrical stimulation. In addition to exercises, your physical therapist will talk to you about how to sit and stand properly and use things like braces or crutches to take some pressure off the joint and allow you to do more.

PT for Joint Pain

Nicole M.
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"Dr. Moise is so great -- whether you're working with her in person or through telehealth! She has helped me build up core strength and learn appropriate stretches to mitigate the back pain I experience from scoliosis. She is a kind woman and a great doctor!"
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"I have been Dr. Moises’s patient for a couple of months now. I could barely walk into her office the first time. A few sessions later, she put me back on my feet! Never had a doctor follow up and take such a personal interest on how I feel. When was the last time your doctor called to personally check on you?"
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"I have been coming to see Dr Daniela at Advance Core Physical Therapy to help me recover from a traumatic injury to my hand. She has helped me regain the flexibility in my hand and has always been a pleasure to work with. She is professional and caring and will do her best for her patients."

Skillful & proven procedures for your health

We use a variety of modern tools and procedures to provide you with the best options to heal and revitalize your body.

INDIBA* Revitalize

Advance Core Physical Therapy & Wellness is the only licensed provider of INDIBA in Chicago. INDIBA® is the market leader in radio frequency treatments for reducing pain and accelerating the natural recovery of the body. The INDIBA device generates a safe, pain free, electromagnetic wave that introduces energy into the body. This causes bio-stimulation and a thermal effect, which complements your recovery and can improve results from your first treatment.

It involves using a handheld device that emits a high-frequency electrical current, which is applied to the skin and underlying tissues on the affected area/ pelvic floor region.

Treatment with INDIBA helps:

- Reduce incontinence, allowing for you to return to everyday life without the worry and inconvenience of leaking
- Improve the pelvic muscles ability to contract and relax, reducing pain
- Improve ejaculation control by ensuring the pelvic area is toned
- Manage chronic pelvic pain

During an Indiba therapy session, your PT will apply the device to the skin in the pelvic floor area, and may use a variety of techniques to target specific areas of tension or dysfunction. The therapy is typically painless and may be combined with other forms of pelvic floor rehabilitation, such as exercise or manual therapy.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique involving inserting thin, solid needles into the skin and underlying tissues, with the goal of reducing pain and improving musculoskeletal function. We insert the needles into these areas, with the goal of creating a local twitch response and triggering a release of tension or restriction in the surrounding tissues.

Dry needling is used to treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including neck and back pain, headaches, plantar fasciitis, and sports injuries. We are certified in dry needling with many more certifications in orthopedic and pelvic floor rehabilitation used in physical therapy.

Dr Moise, Master Dry Needling Certification

Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation is based on the premise that movement is essential for life and any restriction within the body will affect our health. Visceral Manipulation (often called Organ Mobilization) is a hands-on gentle release of tension to the structures within the body, organ, fascia, nerves, blood vessels, as well as emotional tension.

During the procedure, your therapist will use gentle manual pressure and specific movements to improve organ mobility, enhance the body’s natural healing process, and relieve discomfort.

AlterG Treadmill Therapy

AlterG innovative Anti-Gravity Treadmill™ technology empowers people to move in new ways and without pain – to recover mobility, improve wellness, and enhance physical performance.
The AlterG is a specialized treadmill used in rehabilitation settings that allows individuals to exercise with a reduced amount of weight-bearing on their lower extremities. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals who are recovering from lower limb injuries or surgeries, or who have conditions that make weight-bearing exercise difficult or painful.

How does it work? The AlterG works by enclosing the lower body in an airtight chamber that creates a lift force, which reduces the amount of weight-bearing on the legs. The amount of lift force can be adjusted to match the individual's needs and goals, allowing for a gradual increase in weight-bearing over time.

Real-Time Ultrasound

Pelvic real-time ultrasound (RTUS) is a diagnostic and treatment tool often used in pelvic floor rehabilitation. The technique involves the use of a specialized ultrasound machine and a small probe that is inserted into the vagina or rectum, allowing for real-time visualization of the pelvic organs and musculature.

We use pelvic RTUS to evaluate the function of the pelvic floor muscles, including their ability to contract and relax, as well as the position and function of the bladder, uterus, and other pelvic organs. Our PTs also use it to guide treatment, such as biofeedback or pelvic floor muscle exercises, by allowing us to see the muscles contracting in real-time on a screen.

Low-Pressure Fitness

Low Pressure Fitness (LPF) is a therapeutic exercise approach that combines breathing techniques, postural re-education, and core muscle training to improve the function and health of the pelvic floor muscles, core muscles, and respiratory system. We use a specialized breathing device called an AirBelt to facilitate proper breathing mechanics and support the core muscles during exercise.

LPF improves the strength and coordination of the pelvic floor and core muscles, improves breathing function, and reduces symptoms such as urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and lower back pain.

The PTs at Advance Core are certified in LPF, and can ensure a safe and effective treatment. The specific treatment plan will depend on your needs and condition, and may involve ongoing maintenance exercises to maintain the benefits of therapy.

Dr. Moise is a certified LPF physical therapist, trained by Dr. Tamara Rial (the developer of the treatment program.)

Frequently Asked Orthopedic Physical Therapy Questions

Orthopedic physical therapy is a form of PT that focuses on treating injuries and conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.) If you’re experiencing pain, stiffness, or weakness in any of these areas, an orthopedic physical therapist can help you with personalized treatment plan that will help you recover and regain your strength, mobility, and function.

Our experienced and skilled physical therapists will work with you to assess your condition, identify any underlying causes of your pain or dysfunction, and develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. Our treatment approach may include a combination of hands-on manual therapy, exercise therapy, and modalities such as heat or cold therapy, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation.

While physical therapy covers a wide range of conditions and focuses on helping patients recover their function and mobility, Orthopedic Physical Therapy is a more specialized field that focuses exclusively on musculoskeletal conditions and involves more targeted treatment plans to help patients recover from injuries or disorders affecting their bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Orthopedic physical therapists specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions that affect the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Our goal is to help patients recover from injuries or disorders that cause pain, loss of function, and reduced mobility.

Orthopedic therapists use a combination of manual therapy, exercise therapy, and other treatment modalities to help patients achieve their goals. They work with patients of all ages, from children to seniors, and help them recover from a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including fractures, sprains, strains, arthritis, and other injuries or disorders.

Meet your Orthopedic PT Team

Our highly trained team of Chicago physical therapists are kind and caring professionals who understand the sensitivity and seriousness of their work to create a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to meet your needs and goals.

We know that PT can be a total game changer! It helps you get back your mobility, strength, and flexibility, and can make a huge difference in your daily life.

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