Rehabilitation Center

The physical therapists at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago use a hands-on approach to help people with a variety of orthopedic, neurological and soft-tissue disorders to regain strength, mobility and enjoyment of life.

The physical therapy team is specially trained to understand the interaction of all the body parts. Through an individualized treatment plan, they will work with you to get you moving again — back to the things you enjoy. 

The occupational therapists at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago guide people to achieve independent living. Through a hands-on approach and an individualized treatment plan, occupational therapists help people recovering from neurological and orthopedic conditions regain function so they can live life fully, safely and independently.

Therapy begins with a thorough evaluation and assessment to determine the best course of treatment. Actual therapy may include:

• Retraining on activities of daily living, such as getting dressed, preparing meals and getting in and out of bed
• Adaptive equipment to make life easier and safer, such as reachers and dressing aids
• Guided exercises for range of motion, strengthening and pain relief
• Muscle re-education techniques to retrain the brain to accomplish specific tasks
• Exercises for fine motor coordination
• Visual retraining for perception problems
• Splints to prevent or correct injury
• Work conditioning and ergonomics education
• Family and caregiver education to ensure you get the support you need
• Close coordination and communication with your primary care physician

If necessary, the therapists can evaluate the home environment and suggest specific modifications to make everyday tasks safer and easier.

Benefits Of Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy patients acquire important tools to apply to their daily life and learn how to function safely and effectively within home and work environments. 
The benefits of occupational therapy apply to a wide variety of conditions and situations such as:

• Post-surgery rehabilitation for people who have had hip replacements, knee replacements, arthroscopy and other types of orthopedic surgery
• Neurological conditions such as stroke and head injury
• Degenerative conditions such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis
• Arthritis and lupus
• Back and neck injuries
• Amputation
• Work-related injuries

The staff also includes specialists in treating people with chronic pain, lymphedema and hand injuries.

Requirements For Occupational Therapy
Treatment length varies, as each plan is customized for the individual patient, but the goal for each patient is the same: to help you live comfortably, safely and independently.

Occupational therapy is offered on either an outpatient and inpatient basis. Therapy also is available through Home Health Care for people who are homebound. You must have a physician's order for occupational therapy. Treatment is covered by most insurance policies; check with your carrier to be sure.

Therapy begins with a thorough evaluation and assessment to determine the best course of treatment. Each treatment plan is customized to the patient's unique needs and situation and may include:

• Guided exercises for range of motion and pain relief
• Supervised exercise on fitness equipment for strength, endurance and cardiovascular and circulatory health
• Stretching exercises for flexibility, an important and often overlooked aspect of physical fitness
• Education on proper body mechanics and injury prevention
• Electrical stimulation and ultrasound for pain relief
• Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation tool that duplicates the physical challenges of everyday tasks
• Pool therapy in a dedicated warm-water therapy pool
• Family and caregiver education to ensure you get the support you need at home
• Close coordination and communication with your primary care physician

Benefits Of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy patients acquire safe and beneficial exercise techniques and learn how to use their body properly. Over time and through hard work, pain is minimized and strength and mobility is gained, thereby preventing injury. 

The benefits of physical therapy apply to a wide variety of conditions and situations such as:

Post-surgery rehabilitation for people who have had hip replacements, knee replacements, arthroscopy and other types of orthopedic surgery
Neurological conditions such as stroke, head injury and multiple sclerosis
Arthritis
• Back and neck injuries
• Fractures
• Sprains, strains and other soft tissue injuries
• Amputation
• Work-related injuries

Other specialists also treat people with incontinence, balance and dizziness problems and sports injuries. Learn more about these specialty programs >

Requirements For Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is offered on either an outpatient or inpatient basis. Therapy also is available through Home Health Care for people who are homebound. You must have a physician's order for physical therapy. 

Treatment is covered by most insurance policies; check with your carrier to be sure.

Treatment length varies, but the goal for each patient is the same: to help you manage your condition and live as comfortably and fully as possible.

To make an appointment, please call the appointment center at 773-878-6888. For information on what is required for physical therapy, please see frequently asked questions tab. For more information on this specialized program, please call 773-989-1681, ext. 1682.

 

Medical Fitness Difference

The Galter LifeCenter is Illinois' first and only certified medical fitness center. They are Chicago’s premier medical fitness center and a proud member of the Medical Fitness Association. Services go far beyond those of a traditional fitness center by focusing on medical fitness and partnering with medical professionals at Swedish Covenant Hospital. The professional staff, clean and safe environment, health risk screening procedures and clinical integration sets it apart.

Facility
Galter LifeCenter features two swimming pools, four class studios and more than 60 machines. 

Staff
Each staff member at Galter LifeCenter is CPR/AED certified, and holds multiple degrees, licenses and certifications in his or her area of work.

The physician advisory board, comprised of professionals from Galter LifeCenter and Swedish Covenant Hospital, meet quarterly to ensure GLC isup-to-date with new trends, events, treatments and procedures in the medical and exercise field..
 
Services
GLC offers a wide range of fitness and wellness services and has everything from personal training to mind/body courses and integrative therapies.

To educate people on lifestyle and wellness, they offer free monthly lectures on health-related topics, presented by Swedish Covenant Hospital’s medical professionals and physicians.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?
We are located at 5157 N. Francisco Ave in the same building as the Galter LifeCenter, but we have a dedicated entrance on the south side of the building.

What are your hours of operation?
We have appointments available Monday through Friday 6:30 am to 8 pm. 

Do I need a referral from my doctor?
Yes. We require a physician's order for therapy, including the reason your physician is referring you to physical therapy.

Does my insurance pay for therapy?
Physical Therapy is usually covered by most insurance plans, but individual plans do differ significantly. We strongly advise checking with your insurance company. 

Is parking available?
Free spaces are available in the parking lot. If a spot is not available, we also have a large parking structure with ample parking for a minimal charge. There is also street parking available on Foster Ave. and Francisco Ave.

How long are the sessions?
Your session will be approximately 45 minutes with one therapist.

How will my doctor know what progress I have made in therapy?
After your first visit, your referring physician will receive a summary outlining the plan of care that you and your therapist have agreed on, and your physician will receive updates at regular intervals documenting your progress.

To make an appointment, please call the appointment center at (773) 878-6888. For more information on specialized physical therapy programs, please call (773) 989-1681, Ext. 1682.

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