Recover Faster and Perform Better with the Best Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy is for Everyone

Life gives you only so much to control. We seek the highest quality of living possible through food, wealth, adventures, relationships, creativity and more. But far too often, having our bodies function like we expect is overlooked. That is until injuries or trauma happen, anywhere from playing in Museum Campus to a car accident while driving down Route 57, from Chicago to Champaign. Heck, sometimes injuries occur when simply taking the few stairs down to the sidewalk!

Suddenly, walking across the room might as well be running a marathon. And that 20-pound box you need to lift might as well weigh 200. Simple tasks, once an afterthought, are a challenge.


If we want to avoid any permanent hindrance, injury rehabilitation for lower-back injuries, high ankle sprains and other musculoskeletal injuries need to be handled correctly. To do that, people have been turning to physical therapists for thousands of years. And for good reason. Contact Impact Physical Therapy to get you started on the road to recovery!

There is No Gimmick

Utilizing physical therapy has been proven to show better results than no treatment at all in recovery from chronic musculoskeletal disorders and temporomandibular disorders. In a 1997 review of 22 trials carried out by medical professionals regarding the effectiveness of physical therapy, 16 made comparisons to no treatment at all. Fifteen out of those 16 trials showed that physical therapy made a notable impact.

No matter what age, no matter how active or athletic you are, physical therapy can benefit you. According to a 2012 survey by the National Center for Health Statistics, 54 percent of Americans surveyed reported a chronic musculoskeletal medical condition. Most common among those ailments are arthritis and related conditions, back and neck pain, osteoporosis, and injuries from falls, sports, the workplace and the military.


How Our Physical Therapists in Chicago, Champaign and Oak Lawn are Trained

To achieve the best results in your recovery and improving performance, you need to work with the best Chicago physical therapists and trainers. That’s why Impact Physical Therapy has created a team of clinicians that have gone the extra mile to be not only great people to work with, but extremely knowledgeable in their fields.

The following are different degrees and certifications that our staff have earned so that they may better help YOU.


Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

A Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is a post-baccalaureate degree that takes approximately three years to finish. People with DPT degrees are considered clinical doctors with expertise in several areas of rehabilitation. The DPT degree is considered by the American Physical Therapy Association as an integral part of ongoing efforts to improve affordable and direct access to physical therapy.


Physical Therapist License (PT)

Physical Therapists with a PT designation have earned a professional license after completing an accredited physical therapist program and passed a licensure examination.


Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

The master of physical therapy designation is granted to individuals who earned a master’s education-level degree in physical therapy.


Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy (MS)

Individuals with the MS designation have gone beyond the entry-level knowledge of physical therapy education. They can exhibit advanced knowledge in clinical and research areas of physical therapy.


Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) Certification

An orthopedic clinical specialist has been provided credentialed certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. To acquire this credential, the physical therapist must be licensed and have at least 2,000 hours of professional experience. The physical therapists who gain certification can be specialized in a myriad of physical therapy focuses, including cardiovascular and pulmonary, electrophysiology, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports health and more.


Fellows of the American Physical Therapy Association (FAAOMPT/FAPTA)

Becoming a fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association was considered the highest membership category for the APTA. To achieve it, APTA members must exhibit the supreme levels of professional excellence. To qualify for nomination, physical therapists must have displayed sustained and frequent efforts to advance physical therapy for at least 15 years prior to nomination.


Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) Certification

People that have earned LMT certifications have gone through a massage therapy program to learn proper anatomy and physiology, the health values of massage, hygiene, pathology, professional ethics, theory of massage and more. Upon completion of the program, individuals must pass a certification exam and accrue enough training hours to satisfy the requirements of the state issuing the license. Training hours can range from 330 to 1,000 hours.


Athletic Training Certification (ATC)

The ATC credential is only available to individuals that have graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited professional athletic training program and have then passed a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers. Individuals with the ATC credential are well-versed in prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, immediate and emergency care, and organization and professional health and well-being.


Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Certification

CSCS-certified specialists have passed the CSCS examination overseen by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Before becoming eligible for the exam, candidates must hold (or be a senior in) an accredited bachelor’s or chiropractic medicine degree, and hold current CPR and AED certification. For seniors who take the exam, their certification will not be authorized until proof of college graduation is shown.


Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists (CMTPT):

CMTPT specialists have gone through a certification process established to standardize an accreditation for trigger point therapists who exhibit thorough knowledge in the practice. Prior to certification, therapists must have been part of a 500-hour minimum trigger point therapy or massage program, or be a licensed allied health care professional.

Physical Therapy’s Roots

Did you know that physical therapy started in Ancient Greece? Shouldn’t be a surprise, considering that it’s also the home of the Olympics. Someone had to help those pentathletes with their runner’s knee and inevitable rotator cuff injuries!

Hippocrates, considered the father of modern medicine, is believed to be the first physical therapy advocate. He supported massage, manual therapy and hydrotherapy techniques, all back in the time of 460 BC.

As modern medicine has evolved and refined itself, physical therapists have created excellent techniques to improve rehabilitation of injuries and postoperative trauma. At Impact Physical Therapy, some of our favorites are Active Release Technique, ASTYM and the Graston Technique!


Licensed Physical Therapists in Illinois

The Impact Physical Therapy team is always growing, learning and improving. We push ourselves to be the best, so we can push you to be the same. Get physical therapy tips from our blog and learn more about how we can help through our services. Ready to get to work? Give us a call at one of our three great physical therapy locations in the South Loop area of Chicago, Champaign and Oak Lawn, Illinois.