755 Ela Road Lake Zurich IL

(847) 550-9784

Formerly Women’s Physical Therapy Institute   

Direct Access in Illinois

In pain? Direct Access means relief on your terms — now available in Illinois

Illinois gets a bad rap — but some really good things happen here.  For example, on August 16, 2018, Governor Bruce Rauner signed the Illinois Direct Access law.  As the name implies, this law allows Illinois residents to seek treatment directly from physical therapists without a referral.

What Does Direct Access Mean?

Now, instead of having to make an appointment with your primary care physician to get a referral to a physical therapist, you can make the appointment with the physical therapist first.

  • No prescription is necessary — you don’t need your doctor to write orders
  • You choose where you want to go — more options to choose from
  • If you are in pain, get relief — no need to wait

*Patients with complicated pain may be sent to a specialist after either a series of sessions with our physical therapists or the initial consultation.

What Conditions are Typically Treated?

Our highly-trained, specialized physical therapists can help you alleviate:

  • Back and hip pain
  • Neck and arm pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Urinary pain
  • Incontinence (female and male)
  • Pre- & post-childbearing conditions
  • Shoulder pain, bursitis, tendonitis and tears
  • Foot and ankle pain, including plantar fasciitis, sprains
  • Headaches and migraines

Who Direct Access Helps

All Illinois residents are now eligible, which helps patients of all walks of life go to physical therapy faster than ever before.  For example, this can reduce wait times for postpartum moms who need help before their 6 week checkup, weekend warriors who overdid their yard work, and busy people who want to start PT don’t have time to visit their primary care physician.

How Does This Work With Our Clinic?

Give us a call at 847-550-9784 and tell us about your pain.  With a brief description of how you’re hurting, as well as your insurance information, one of our friendly staff members will schedule an initial appointment.  And don’t worry about calling your insurance company:  We will verify your insurance benefits to confirm your treatment coverage before your appointment.

What’s stopping you?  Don’t suffer any longer — call today.



The Role of Visceral Manipulation in PT

Visceral manipulation is not familiar to many people, including physicians.  It is one treatment modality in physical therapy that can be very effective in helping with many conditions including post surgical scarring (ie. c-section, appendectomy, hysterectomy) as well as abdominal problems such as constipation or bloating.

The organs, fascia and ligaments in our stomach are not something most of us think about on a daily basis. Fascia is a band or sheet of tissue (think saran wrap) that attaches, covers and separates our internal organs.  When all is well, everything in our stomach slides, glides and rotates on each other like it should and our body functions normally.  At times in life, however, events such as surgeries, injuries, infections, food intolerances, chronic bad posture and pregnancy can cause inflammation and impair these movements.

Over time, this can result in adhesions/scar tissue will attach to either the organs, ligaments or fascia.  This can slow down the passage of food waste through your digestive system and can cause constipation, bloating or even shoulder/back/hip/sacro-iliac or abdominal pain.  Visceral manipulation is a gentle, manual technique that can release the adhesions created by these surgeries allowing the organs to move freer again which can decrease pain and return the body back to normal function.