PHYSICAL MEDICINE & FUNCTIONAL REHAB
OUR APPROACH TO PHYSICAL THERAPY
"Rehabilitation is a therapeutic production in which the patient plays
the main role and must not only be a passive object of treatment."
~ Karel Lewit
Our physicians develop treatment plans using the most current, evidence-based therapies that are centered around the patient's individual needs. This approach of patient-centered care sets each patient up for success. At River Forest Health and Wellness, just as no two people are exactly alike, no two treatment plans are identical, whether they involve chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, massage therapy or a combination of these.
Setting practical goals and discussing them with Dr. Jim and Dr. Jennifer is essenital to achieving success while in therapy. Goals are also a way for both you and the physicians to monitor how you are responding to care. Establishing sensible, specific goals is important and should be tailored to your lifestyle needs. These goals typically are related to activities of daily living (ADLs), exercise or other leisure activies that might be difficult to complete due to your compromised health.
Set achievable goals. For example, if you are not a runner, do not set goals of running a marthon within the time frame of the next 4 weeks.
While physiotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy are all extremely successful in treating most conditions, many injuries take time to completely heal and cannot be ameliorated in one visit. While our physicians are well trained and successful in treating many conditions, developing an accurate diagnose may be difficult on the first visit. For these cases, please keep in mind it could take 2-4 visits before a thorough diagnosis is made, one that fully incorporates a comprehensive understanding your condition.
You Have a Responsibility
Dr. Jim and Dr. Jennifer will go to great lengths to help you to reach your goals. However, you are an integral part of the healing process and it is essential that you devote time outside the office visit to comply with the treatment plan that addresses your health goals. THIS IS A REQUIREMENT. While in therapy at River Forest Health and Wellness, you will be provided with the tools to lead to a full recovery and reduce the risk of recurring injury; however, It will be up to you to take personal responsibility for carrying out the course of treatment.
The physicians at River Forest Health and Wellness are dedicated and committed to providing efficient, effective treatment for most conditions. However, there are someconditions that physiotherapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture and massage therapy cannot successfully treat. In these cases, Dr. Jim and Dr. Jennifer will provide you with references to other professionals who will best fit your needs.
Typical Treatment Plans
At River Forest Health and Wellness, with the focus on patient self-treatment, our patients find themselves getting better faster. The average treatment plan lasts 6-8 visits. Our team of physicians takes pride in educating each patient in detail about the problem that exists and provides each patient with the tools to successfully overcome the primary reason for their visit.