Congrats to Northwest Neurology - Libertyville 

on their Bingo win! (3/18/20)

Thank you for playing everyone. We appreciate your particiaption and giving us the opportunity to add extra fun to your work week. We will play again next quarter.

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Wednesday, 3/18/20

Word of the Day

Low Back Pain

Everyone experiences low back pain at least once in their life. Common myths are that low back is normal pain that goes with age (arthritis, osteoarthritis). Typical symptoms include pain, stiffness and decreased ability to perform work and daily activities.


However, when you experience acute pain in the low back there is an underlying cause that can persist and become chronic. With physical therapy, we can treat the underlying cause and prevent future pain and damage to the spine.  Repetitive motion of performing household chores, work activities, and recreational activities can lead to low back pain. Fortunately, most low back symptoms are mechanical in origin, which means it is not due to serious pathology like cancer or infection. These mechanical symptoms respond well when carefully evaluated by our skilled therapists. A thorough history prior to starting treatment is key to successful treatment. Physical therapy can help people learn proper stretching and strengthening exercises to counteract these repetitive motions. 


We use the McKenzie Method™ to evaluate and treat spinal patients. This method involves significant responsibility of the patient for posture and mobility exercises. A specific treatment plan will be designed for each patient, there is no “one fits all.” 

Tuesday, 3/17/2020

Word of the Day:

Love Your Life (LYL)

We know that living from a state of wholeness does not always mean that life is easy. Instead it reflects your commitment to growth and expansion, that in those challenges you have the tools to connect inwards despite the outward storm.  To understand the process of growth, to take inspired action from a space of love and gratitude, all whilst supported by a community of amazing people to move back into their own unique space of wholeness. 

Monday, 3/16/2020

Word of the Day

Vestibular System 

This system is located in your inner ear (peripheral vestibular system) and tells the brain where your head is in space.  It is comprised of 3 semi-circular canals and 2 otolith organs (Utricle and Saccule). It is one of 3 sensory systems your brain uses to help you balance.  It is the system most used when in motion.

The vestibular system is a main contributor of physical balance. The system senses motion when small hairs, called cilia, are moved by microscopic calcium crystals. When we sit, stand, move, or experience motions (such as in a car) the crystals move the hairs. That and other information from the eyes and your sense of touch is relayed to the vestibular system in the brain, which uses it to interpret motion, equilibrium, and orientation in space.

Friday, 3/13/2020

Word of the Day


(Infrared Video-Oculography Goggles)

Infared video-oculography goggles allows visualization of the eyes in the dark to precisely evaluate your patients with vestibular dysfunction. The findings from these tests offers customized treatments for your patients and the best outcomes.

Thursday, 3/12/2020

Word of the Day

Balance Strategies 

Balance Strategies- There are three to maintain our balance.  These strategies are: ankle strategy, hip strategy, and stepping strategy.

Our center point of gravity occurs around our belly button region. The body at rest is the balance point. When we move, our center of gravity changes. When we walk, our center of gravity moves side to side, up and down, and forward. When you lean over a counter, the center of gravity shifts forward. 

  • Ankle Strategy: In standing, our ankles and muscles in our ankles work to keep us balanced. Ankle joints are designed to move in all directions, so ankle strategy is effective to keep our body up right as our weight shifts in different directions.

  1. Hip Strategy: When our ankle strategy is unable to keep us upright, our hip strategy comes to compensate. The swaying of your hips help move our center of gravity around to keep it over our base of support. An example would be a tight rope walker. 
  2. Stepping Strategy: When our ankles and hips cannot compensate (normally because the protrusion is too large), we take a step. This strategy is a “last resort” strategy. If this is your primary balance strategy, then your balance may need to be worked on. 

All three of these strategies need to be used effectively in the correct sequence  as a part of a fall prevention program.

Wednesday, 3/11/2020

Word of the Day:

Home Exercise Program

If applicable, each patient will receive a home program. This allows the patient to be in charge of their care & allows them to get better faster. The home programs sets us apart from other clinics & makes us different!

Tuesday, 3/10/2020

Word of the Day:

Fall Prevention

There are many other causes for fall-related injuries, and many are due to balance problems. Prevention is the key to a successful, healthy lifestyle. The primary way of preventing balance problems is by moving. Staying active and moving helps prevent the majority of issues that lie with balance. In addition to exercise, this includes moving while at rest as well. If you are reading a book, tilt your head in one direction for page 1 and another for page 2, etc. When the body is stationary, the brain gets used to not moving, leading to balance issues.

Here are some balance facts:

  • Dizziness- Dizziness is a common symptom affecting about 30% of people over the age of 65.
  • Approximately 12.5 million Americans over the age of 65 have a dizziness or balance problem that significantly interferes with their lives.
  • In the US, the estimated cost of medical care for patients with balance disorders exceeds $1 billion annually.
  • Dizziness can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in elderly persons, in whom it often represents dysfunction in more than one body system.
  • Many cases of dizziness are actually neurological.

Monday, 3/9/2020

Word of the day:

Cerviogenic Dizziness

Cervicogenic dizziness, or cervical vertigo can cause dizzy sensations, such as the person feels like they're spinning or the world around them is spinning.
Cervicogenic dizziness can be caused by poor neck posture, trauma to the cervical spine or neck disorders. This dizziness is often a result of whiplash or other disruptions to the head and neck alignment. This is common when people have neck pain and limit their mobility. Only therapists who are trained in vestibular and mechanical pain of the neck will be able to differentiate the cause of dizziness.
Cervical dizziness can be misdiagnosed as BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), vestibular neuritis, central vertigo and psychogenic vertigo.

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