Physical Therapy plays a major role in a patient’s rehabilitation and road to resuming an active and healthy life. The philosophy at Northwestern Center for Orthopedics emphasizes one-on-one sessions with a skilled physical therapist to get the most out of each and every visit and to restore mobility as quickly as possible.

Who benefits from physical therapy?

We recommend physical therapy for anyone with pain who is attempting to restore function. This includes patients recovering from injuries or surgeries, or anybody whose pain is keeping them from leading an active life. In many cases, physical therapy can help patients avoid surgery or prescription drugs.

Our physical therapy plans address a number of key areas, including:

  • Mobility
  • Motion
  • Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Pain management and relief

The physical therapy program at NCO

Treatment plans are collaborative, and customized to help you reduce pain and strengthen the key muscles that affect your joints. In order for you to achieve sustainable results as quickly as possible, our therapist provides structured education, comprehensive manual treatments and advanced exercise plans to meet your personal needs and goals.

Sessions are either 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour, depending on the treatment plan. Patients meet with our therapist 2-3 times a week. The overall length of time you will spend in the physical therapy program depends on your injury. For example, knee surgeries requires about 4-6 weeks of treatment, while shoulder surgeries require 3 months.

Meet our physical therapist 

Shari.PT.afShari De Boer came to Northwestern Center for Orthopedics in April of 2015 with a decade of experience treating patients in outpatient orthopedic settings. She has treated a large range of athletes participating in a variety of sports, as well as patients with work-related injuries and non-athletes. Shari is an athlete herself, having played Division III softball in college.

Shari received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in 2006. She has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Athletic Training from Elmhurst College. She is certified in Astym treatment, which focuses on regenerating healthy soft tissue and reducing painful scar tissue.

To learn more about NCO’s physical therapy department, or to schedule an appointment, call (312) 943-7850.