Physical Therapy Can Aid Recovery From COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected countless individuals’ mental and physical health since it first began over a year ago. Now, as our world begins to recover from this health crisis, many people will be facing new challenges. Some individuals who contracted COVID-19 may be left facing potentially debilitating symptoms even weeks-to-months after overcoming the virus itself. These individuals, termed “long … Read More

Kristin Christian Elected to APTA House of Delegates

Kristin Christian, physical therapist at Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, has been elected to serve a 2-year term on the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) House of Delegates as North Central District Chair. The House of Delegates is a policymaking body which meets annually, making decisions on important issues for the profession of physical therapy. Kristin has also been elected … Read More

Back Pain? Try Physical Therapy First!

Back pain is a common problem in America, but our medical system is not very good at treating it. “Non-drug treatments like physical therapy” is the first treatment recommended for back pain by many evidence-based treatment guidelines. Unfortunately, many providers don’t follow these guidelines and treatments are often recommended based on opinion rather than research.  Often, people with back pain … Read More

How to Return to Activity Safely

Since the start of the pandemic, many individuals have been home, have been less active, and children have not had sports or even recess.   As we are able to transition to more normal activities, there may be a desire to return to sports, workouts, and recreational activities to help shed those pandemic pounds.  This can pose a risk of injury … Read More

Finally, Some Good News About Back Pain

Back pain is a huge problem, with 80% of people in the US experiencing back pain at least once during their lifetime. It is the single biggest cause for disability, the third most common reason for doctor visits, and one of the most common reasons for missing work. It’s also expensive. Back and neck pain makes up the biggest healthcare … Read More

When the Weather Gets Cold, Don’t Forget to Warm Up and Cool Down!

Colder weather means some changes to how we exercise. Of course it’s harder to motivate yourself to get outside for a run or bike ride when the temperature drops, and the shorter days compress our schedules, but there are changes in your body that affect your ability to exercise too. For many people with arthritis or other joint problems, cold … Read More

Physical Therapy’s Role in Maintaining a Healthy Spine

As we age, regular exercise plays an increasingly prominent role in reducing the risk of developing spine-related problems. For those in or approaching the golden years, it’s important to live an active lifestyle that focuses on healthy posture, function and movement. It’s normal to experience some functional decline as our bones and intervertebral discs age over time, but that doesn’t … Read More

Todd Celebrates 10 Years with Northern Rehab

We’re pleased to announce Physical Therapist, Todd Vanatta, PT, MPT, OCS, CFMT, is celebrating his 10 year anniversary at Northern Rehab!  Todd joined the Northern Rehab team as a Physical Therapist in 2010 originally working at our DeKalb Main and Genoa clinics. Todd previously worked at Northern Rehab from 2001 – 2004 as a Physical Therapy Technician while attending Northern … Read More

Choose To Move Challenge Raises Funds for the Rochelle Senior Center

Northern Rehab recently presented a donation to Rochelle’s Hub City Senior Center.  The funds were raised during the recent “Choose To Move Northern Rehab Challenge” event held the end of September through mid-October. As part of National Physical Therapy Month, Northern Rehab created a new virtual event to encourage our community to get up, get out, and enjoy a variety … Read More

5 Reasons You Need a Physical Therapist to Coordinate Your Fitness Regimen

Physical therapists aren’t just for people that have sustained a recent injury or have had surgery. Physical therapists also assist people who want to return to an exercise and fitness program but are restricted due to painful muscle or joint conditions. Seeing a PT for these reasons have many benefits; here are 5 reasons why you should consider seeing a … Read More