Opioid Crisis – Choose Physical Therapy First

Since the mid-1990’s, health care providers have employed a more pharmacological approach to managing pain rather than treating the actual causes of the pain.  This strategy has resulted in a dramatic increase in opioid prescriptions as well as an increase in opioid misuse/addiction.  This increase has quadrupled the number of opioid deaths in the last 15 years and over 47,000 … Read More

Is Your Backpack Making The Grade?

Before you know it, students, teachers & faculty will be starting back to school! Many of us will return to our regular schedules as we head back to school, college, and work, it’s important to remember the following tips when shopping for a new backpack and the proper way to wear backpacks to avoid strain or injury. Improperly worn backpacks … Read More

Is Knee Surgery Necessary?

Approximately 25% of people older than 50 will experience knee pain from degenerative knee disease.  Degenerative knee disease is an inclusive term that describes patients with knee pain who are over 35 years old, have imaging evidence of osteoarthritis/meniscus tears, and/or mechanical symptoms (clicking or locking).  Management of this condition can range from conservative care (medications, injections, physical therapy) to … Read More

Recent Study On PT For Neck Pain

In a recent study published by BMC Health Services Research, researchers studied health care utilization for neck pain over a 1 year period.  They tracked when patients consulted with a physical therapist, rates of spinal injection, opioid prescription, imaging such as MRI and x-ray, and overall cost.  It was found that those individuals who consulted a physical therapist within 14 … Read More

Referrals No Longer Required for Physical Therapy!

Until recently, in order to see a physical therapist, a prescription for treatment was required. Illinois was one of the few states that still had this requirement, however, that Illinois law changed on August 16 when Governor Rauner signed the Direct Access Bill 4643 into law. This means Illinois residents can feel better now without waiting for a referral from … Read More

Congrats To Our Rochelle High School Scholarship Winners!

Northern Rehab recently awarded two deserving recipients their annual Rochelle Township High School Sports and Health Scholarship to Hannah Cruz and Alexander Harvey. Hannah Cruz, a recently graduated 2018 senior from Rochelle Township High School, is a National Honors Society member and High Honor Roll student. She was very active in Cross Country as a Sectionals Qualifier and Academic All-Conference … Read More

Congrats to Brandon – Celebrating 10 Years at Northern Rehab!

Physical Therapist, Brandon Clement, is celebrating his 10-year anniversary at Northern Rehab! Brandon joined Northern Rehab in 2008 as a Physical Therapy Technician while attending college at Northern Illinois University in the Pre-Physical Therapy program. He earned his Bachelor degree in Exercise Science in 2009 from Northern Illinois University, and graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2013 with a Doctorate … Read More

Celebrating 40 Years Serving Our Community!

Northern Rehab is pleased to announce we are celebrating a milestone with 40th years of serving DeKalb County! In 1978, the company known as Northern Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Associates began as the original owner and physical therapist Tim Dunlop opened his first clinic located at the corner of Franklin and South 2nd Street in DeKalb. As the DeKalb community … Read More

Four Ways to Prevent Golf Injuries

According to an article published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, performing a functional based exercise program has been proven to increase the club head speed of golfers, as well as their perceived and measured level of physical fitness. The average improvement in club head speed was four miles per hour, which added approximately 30-45 feet to the driving … Read More

Ken Presents at Inaugural Middle East Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Conference

Ken Olson, Physical Therapist and President of Northern Rehab, recently traveled to Cairo, Egypt to present his approach for treating patients with neck and back pain as a keynote speaker for the First Middle East Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Congress.  He also led a workshop on cervical manipulation as a post-conference course speaker where he instructed key elements included in his … Read More