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PHYSICAL THERAPY

with a speciality in sports performance and injury prevention

PHYSICAL THERAPY

with a speciality in sports performance and injury prevention

We specialize in sports performance and injury prevention. We also see patient’s across the lifespan with a vast variety of musculoskeletal injuries.

We strive to set ourselves apart from other Chicago Physical Therapy facilities by providing one on one physical therapy training with each patient. Located in the North Side of Chicago, our facility provides access to the top of the line exercise and rehabilitative equipment.

We provide a comprehensive, detail oriented hands-on approach using manual therapy techniques and patient specific exercise prescriptions. We pride ourselves on working hard together to help you achieve your goals, allowing you to return to your desired activity level as quickly as possible. We begin our program with a thorough assessment during the initial evaluation, followed by a multifaceted plan of care that will address the body’s intertwined musculoskeletal system. When there is one failure in this system, there are then many upstream and downstream issues that need to be addressed and corrected. We provide the medical advice and patient education that you need to achieve autonomy and improve the function of your body as a whole to keep you happy, healthy and active.

OUR PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

Ryan LeFever Physical Therapists

RYAN LEFEVER, PT, MPT

Master of Physical Therapy

Performance Enhancement Specialist

Active Release Technique Certified

Corrective Exercise Specialist

Resistance Band Training Certified

Katie Budz Physical Therapist

KATIE BUDZ, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Sports Medicine & Pediatrics

Former III Basketball Player – Dominican University Chicago 

Stephanie Ferro Physical Therapist

STEPHANIE FERRO, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Movement Specialist

Sports Medicine & Pediatrics

Certified in Dry Needling 

Former Division I Soccer Player – FAU

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a therapeutic technique in which a small filament needle is used to mechanically disrupt dysfunctional muscle, fascia and connective tissue. The most supported approach targets myofascial active and / or latent trigger points.  Active trigger points can cause spontaneous pain, whereas latent trigger points elicit symptoms when compressed. A trigger point can be anywhere in the body in response to sudden injury, muscle overload, or repetitive microtrauma. These trigger points negatively alter the activity of the muscle causing scarring, myofascial pain, motor recruitment and muscle firing deficits.

Mechanically, dry needling targets the microscopic dysfunction of the muscle along with the nerves associated with it. The disruption produced by the needle also releases chemical and hormonal messengers that help balance the nervous system.  Overall, the goal of DNT is to return the muscle and soft tissue structures to a “normal” electrical, chemical, and mechanical environment. 

Dry Needling

Active Release Technique (ART) Treatment

Work with ART certified Ryan LeFever, PT, MPT in order to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries created by scar tissue.  This manual, hands-on therapy breaks up adhesions which limit normal range of motion causing pain and tension.  Find out if ART is right for you. Active Release Technique is a tool used by PTs to diagnose soft tissue adhesions without a machine.  Our Physical Therapists get hands-on in order to restore proper muscle function and movement to allow the body to perform at its most efficient level. ART is a technique used by many college and professional-level athletes so they recover quicker and prepare their body for the next level.
Active Release Technique (ART)

Video Running Analysis

Using DartFish Video Technology, we assess your running pattern and evaluate for compensations and deviations that may contribute or lead to an injury.  We are dedicated to improving your times and running efficiency by analyzing your form, technique and stride length.  Thus, we are here to help you reach, and exceed your running goals!

Functional Movement Assessments:

Our Therapist Ryan LeFever, PT, MPT is  trained in the Functional Movement Screen(FMS) as well as the Selective Functional movement Screen(SFMA).

The Functional Movement Screen(FMS)

The Functional Movement Screen(FMS) is a pre-participation screening tool designed to identify compensatory movement patterns that are indicative of increased injury risk and inefficient movement that causes reduced performance. This test gives important movement feedback to allow an individual to move the most efficient way possible to decreased risk of injury when training, allow more precise movement to enhance performance and supply the body with the building blocks for return to sport or activity after injury. 

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA):

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is used to identify specific movement limitations that give you pain. This detailed assessment is used to find which movement patterns are dysfunctional in the body and helps determine why pain is present in the body.

Both the FMS and the SFMA are used by Collegiate and Professional Sports Teams to help prevent and recover from injury more effectively.

Complimentary Injury Screen & Common Injuries

Free Injury Screening

Are you unsure whether your pain is something to be concerned about? Find the source of your pain listed below and review the tips and facts below. We want to get you back to feeling 100% and put together a sample home exercise program that may help get you back on track.

Don’t hesitate to call us at (773) 799-2795 for a complimentary injury screening! Meet with a Physical Therapist for 30-minutes and after a thorough assessment, they will guide you in the best direction for your situation and create a customized home exercise program. We specialize in sports medicine and orthopedic conditions. Don’t procrastinate, get your questions answered by the team at the FIT Institute!

Common Injuries:

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Are you suffering from low back pain, stiffness or discomfort? Is your low back pain preventing you from doing the activities you like to do or affecting your sleep or ability to work?

You are not alone.

Some Facts about low back pain: (2018)
Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives. Back pain is the third most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, behind skin disorders and osteoarthritis/joint disorders.

Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection or fracture
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.

How to put an End to Back Pain without surgery, medication or a trip to your Physician?

Contact us Today at The Fit Institute for a free consultation (1-773-799-2795).  

  • Our Therapists will give you the right exercises to help with your pain and make sure you are performing them correctly.
  • Our Therapists will give you the hands on treatment you need to relieve pain and decrease tightness.

Other Tips to help with your low back pain:

  • Maintain a healthy weight and monitor your eating habits.
  • Maintain good Postural positions when sitting at work or in a car
  • Consult The Fit Institute to learn proper body mechanics for lifting and bending forward
  • Make sure you stretch and warm up before physical activity and cool down and stretch after activity
  • Remain active ( Contact the Fit Institute for all your fitness and rehabilitate needs)
  • When lifting an object, lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist.
  • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest

Are you suffering from shoulder pain, stiffness or discomfort? Is your shoulder pain preventing you from doing the activities you like to do or affecting your sleep or ability to work?

You are not alone.

Some Facts about Shoulder pain: (2018)

  • According to the World Health Organization, 9% of all adults in the U.S. reported struggling with chronic shoulder pain.
  • Most shoulder pain is due to aging or injury to the soft tissue structures of the shoulder(This can happen from a fall or a sports injury or can be caused by the natural wearing of the soft tissue from the aging process)
  • Poor Postural position (slouching) can have a drastic impact on your shoulder pain and health.
  • Most common causes of shoulder pain are Osteoarthritis, bursitis(inflammation in the bursa of your shoulder, rotator cuff tendinitis/Impingement(caused by repeated overhead activity, poor postural positions in sitting and sleeping) all of which can be treated by Physical Therapy.

How to put an end to shoulder pain without surgery, medication or a trip to your Physician?

Contact us Today at The Fit Institute for a free consultation (1-773-799-2795). 

  • Our Therapists will give you the right exercises to help with your pain and make sure you are performing them correctly.
  • Our Therapists will give you the hands on treatment you need to relieve pain and decrease tightness.

Other Tips to help with your shoulder pain

  • Use good posture when sitting and standing to ensure that their shoulders are in a straight line over the hips with the ears directly above the shoulders.
  • Take frequent breaks to stretch the neck and shoulders, especially when traveling long distances or when you are sitting at your desk by your computer.
  • Avoid tucking the phone between the ear and shoulder, as this can increase the risk of neck and shoulder pain. Use a headset or speakerphone.
  • Avoid carrying heavy bags, as this can also cause neck strain.
  • Sleeping in a good position with your head and neck aligned.

Are you suffering from knee pain, stiffness or discomfort? Is your knee pain preventing you from doing the activities you like to do or affecting your sleep or ability to work?

You are not alone.

Some Facts about Knee pain:

  • Knee pain is one of the most common complaints of Americans of all ages.
  • Knee pain occurs in men, women and children. The main risk factor for knee pain is age, wear and tear can cause pain, stiffness and inflammation of the knee. People who are overweight, athletes and people who work jobs requiring them to lift heavy objects, kneel or stand for long periods of time are at a higher risk.
  • 3 categories of knee pain are acute injury ligaments, tendons, broken bone or meniscus tear. Medical conditions like osteoarthritis or chronic conditions such as patellar tendinitis, osteoarthritis, bursitis and patellar syndromes.
  • Most common injury to the knee is the meniscus.
  • Most people think that the only treatment for knee pain is surgery, cortisone injections or a visit to the MD. However, most knee pain can be treated by Physical Therapy and performing the correct exercises aimed at decreasing stress on the knee.

How to put an end to knee  pain without surgery, medication or a trip to your Physician?

Contact us Today at The Fit Institute for a free consultation (1-773-799-2795). 

  • Our Therapists will give you the right exercises to help with your pain and make sure you are performing them correctly.
  • Our Therapists will give you the hands on treatment you need to relieve pain and decrease tightness.

Other Tips to help with your knee pain

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Warm up and stretch before physical activity
  • Cool down after exercise by stretching or rolling out your tight muscles
  • Exercise appropriately for your body don’t do too much or high volume
  • Build up muscle strength in the hips
  • Wear proper shoes

How to put an end to knee pain without surgery, medication or a trip to your Physician?

Contact us Today at The Fit Institute for a free consultation (1-773-799-2795).

  • Our Therapists will give you the right exercises to help with your pain and make sure you are performing them correctly.
  • Our Therapists will give you the hands on treatment you need to relieve pain and decrease tightness.
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