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Physical Therapy

Prevent loss of mobility before it occurs

Physical therapy is a treatment method provided by a licensed physical therapist who can help patients of all ages reduce pain or restore mobility. In many cases, this can reduce the surgery or prescription medications. Physical therapists teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition to achieve long-term health benefits. Each individual is examined by the therapist to determine a care plan aimed at reducing pain, restoring function and preventing disability. Physical therapists work with individuals to prevent loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Heidi Mayer

Heidi Mayer


Heidi Mayer has been a physical therapist at Orchard Medical Group since 2007. She is a graduate of the top ranking Physical Therapy Program at Washington University in St. Louis. Heidi then had a Physical Therapy VA scholarship and worked at Lakeside VA upon graduating. Orthopedics became her passion while working in outpatient orthopedics at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Upon moving to the northern suburbs she worked through home health agencies and her private PT business for 6 years.
Heidi specializes in providing one on one assessments to provide treatment for musculoskeletal disorders and movement dysfunction, placing an importance on developing individualized plans. She finds that this focused attention accelerates her patients’ return to normal function with less pain so they have the tools they need to manage their physical health effectively.

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Physical therapy has many specialty areas dealing with different types of injuries and diseases. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties recognizes only these areas:

NeurologyOrthopaedicsPediatricsGeriatricsSportsClinical electrophysiologyWomen’s healthCardiovascular and pulmonary

To rehabilitate patients, physical therapists use a combination of exercises and stretches, which are often combined with relaxation and recuperation techniques, such as electrostimulation and hot/cold treatments.


In many cases, physical therapy can be performed at home, without the therapist’s being present; this usually speeds up the recovery process. The patient should be given exercises or stretches that can safely be done on her or his own. Adhering to the physical therapy program and the entire rehabilitation process are essential for achieving effective results.


The core of a physical therapy session usually involves physical exercises to strengthen the body; the exercises are designed around the patient’s injury or disease. Exercises usually progress in difficulty and intensity over the course of the sessions. A physical therapy session usually ends with an icing session or therapeutic massage; electrostimulation may be used during this cool-down period. The physical therapist records and states the patient’s progress for the day, as well as possible goals for the next session.

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