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Advanced Physical Medicine

Advanced Physical Medicine

6931 W North Ave. | Oak Park, IL 60302

Call 708-851-2681
Monday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 11:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 11:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • Physical Therapists
  • Orthopedic Care
  • Sports Medicine
  • Workers Comp/Rehabilitation
  • Orthotics & Prosthetic Therapy

Chicago Physical Therapy Clinics & Oak Park Physical Therapy Clinics
Advanced Physical Medicine physical therapy clinics in Chicago and Oak Park have long been known for outstanding physical therapy and rehabilitation services. Our integrated physical therapy programs treat sprains, strains, muscle spasms, arthritis, post-surgical cases and several other problems related to the musculoskeletal system. Physical therapy and rehabilitation is also essential for full recovery after a surgery. It helps a patient to build strength, flexibility and endurance by combining:

* Electrical stimulation
* Personal Training Exercise
* Moist Heat/Cryotherapy
* Manual Therapy
* Massage Therapy
* Neuromuscular Re-Education
* Ultrasound
* Light Therapy

Electrical Stimulation:
Our Chicago physical therapy clinics utilize electrical muscle stimulation (E.M.S) on a regular basis. E.M.S works by sending safe, gentle electrical impulses to muscles. By causing the muscle to expand and contract, signals can be simulated as though the brain is producing them. These signals in turn, force the brain to produce natural endorphins and enkephalins and cause immediate pain relief. We recommend the use of this type of modality to aid in the rehabilitation of muscles following injury and to ease chronic muscle spasms and pain. By increasing blood flow to and from muscles, the stimulation acts as a pump, helping to remove lactic acid, a common waste product found in overused or damaged muscles. This type of stimulation also serves to increase blood flow to and from the muscles, reducing edema (inflammation) and promoting quicker recovery.

One of the most common and effective therapeutic modalities is ultrasound. Ultrasound is one of the deepest forms of heat, with penetration (1-5 centimeters) to where the muscles meet the bones. A wide range of injuries can be treated with ultrasound, from simple sprain strains, to narrow tendon tears. By creating permanent, physical changes, ultrasound works to increase blood flow, repair soft tissue damage and decrease scar tissue formation.

Light Therapy:
light therapy Clinically proven light therapy (phototherapy) is available in Chicago & Oak Park only at Advanced Physical Medicine Clinics. Contact us today to start your light therapy or read on to learn more.

Recently cleared by the F.D.A, light therapy, also known as cold laser or phototherapy is now available at Advanced Physical Medicine Chicago and Oak Park locations. Backed by extensive research with over 500 studies performed on various types of conditions including muscle strains, inflammation, and most importantly arthritis, light therapy applies a controlled amount and intensity of light to help relieve your symptoms. By focusing the treatment precisely where it is needed we can narrowly target the exact area. The treatment initiates a series of enzymatic reactions and bioelectric events, which stimulate the natural healing process at the cellular level.

Completely painless and non-invasive, laser therapy uses light energy to penetrate the problem area and directly stimulates the cells and tissues into healing themselves. The light source is placed on the affected area for 5-30 minutes, and improvement is noticeable in as little as four to six sessions.

light therapy Our Oak Park and Chicago physical therapy clinics are equiped with a state-of-the-art infrared sauna chamber that comfortably fits two. for a relaxing, therapeutic treatment that will set your mind and soul at ease, as the deep heat penetrates your sore, aching muscles. As seen on the Oprah Show, we offer this treatment using infrared, a source of energy that comes from the sun, without the UV radiation. "A 50 minute session", according to Dr. Oz, "can help you burn up to 700 calories without even exercising".

Contact us now to schedule your own light therapy (phototherapy) session at our Chicago or Oak Park location.

Moist Heat and Cryotherapy:
These two modalities are recommended in conjunction with others that may be applied. Your practitioner may use electrical stimulation combined with moist heat to generate a specific therapeutic effect on a particular muscle group. More acute injuries are usually treated with cold therapies while chronic injuries are treated with heat. It is important to use heat and cold properly in order to get optimum results. The general rule of thumb is to use heat on the injured muscle 48 hours post injury. It is our recommendation to always consult a health care practitioner before the application of heat or cold to a particular area of the body.

Manual Therapy:
Joints that lack adequate mobility and range will benefit from a procedure called manual therapy. Stiff joints and tense muscles respond very well to this type of therapy, quickly restoring the body’s natural movement without pain. Manual physical therapy techniques have two goals: decreasing pain and increasing flexibility. In general, the two types of techniques used are soft tissue work (a massage that relaxes muscles by increasing circulation and easing pain in the soft tissues) and mobilization (gentle movements that loosen tight tissues around a joint). We also offer the best in Chicago chiropractic care.

Neuromuscular Re-Education:
Coordination, posture and proprioception are all components of integrated neuromuscular re-education. Goals of this very effective modality are to restore soft tissue tone and elasticity, improve strength and relieve pain, Through a process of guided movement and massage, taping or strapping, the body re-learns how to move normally. Neuro-muscular re-education helps the body “remember” healthy movement and proper alignment. Whether you are walking with a limp because of an ankle or knee sprain or have difficulty raising your arm over shoulder level because of a shoulder sprain, this specific procedure will allow a quicker return to normal function.

We are looking forward to hearing from you and helping you restore your heath at our Oak Park and Chicago physical therapy clinics. So contact us today!

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Dr. Mitchel Bershader
Dr. Mitchel Bershader

With more than 20 years of rehabilitation experience, Dr. Mitch (as everyone calls him) specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation. He moved from the east coast, where he has worked for years in a multidisciplinary atmosphere, treating more than 20,000 individuals with once specific approach; quality care in a warm environment, which is why he chose APM as his new home. Over the years, Dr. Mitch has worked side by side with primary care and pain management doctors, podiatrists, orthopedic specialists and chiropractic physicians, improving patients’ quality of life through a referral system that has been directed by outstanding results. He is certified in Functional Capacity Examinations, Work Hardening, Ergonomics, Biomedical Acupuncture for Pain Management and Manipulation Under Anesthesia. Along with post rehabilitation for the spine, he also has years of experience with shoulder and knee arthroscopy, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand and foot conditions and pain arising from motor vehicle accidents and work injuries. His philosophy and mission statement: to improve quality of life with the most up to date physical therapy techniques, in an environment where one on one attention can be given to the patient.

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