WELCOME TO NEXT STEPS CHICAGO
Next Steps is a not-for-profit organization which provides innovative treatment for patients afflicted with an array of neurological conditions.
Next Steps offers a unique fusion of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and personal trainers working in tandem to provide functional, activity-based and specific locomotor training for people with neurological disorders. Next Steps was the first free standing, non-profit physical therapy and exercise facility devoted to the rehabilitation and overall wellness of people living with some of the most challenging and devastating injuries and disorders – SCI, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and an array of other neurological conditions.
One-on-One Physical and Occupational Therapy
At NextSteps, we provide one-on-one physical therapy and occupational therapy sessions with a licensed physical therapist or occupational therapist.
WHY NEXT STEPS
Next Steps is devoted to offering patients an exercise/rehabilitation facility that will aid them in taking their next step towards a more functional, independent, and healthy lifestyle. Not only is Next Steps committed to helping patients regain a higher quality of life, but also to support the advancement of scientific research that will aid in the treatment of spinal cord injury.
Our staff and facility offer an environment in which clients strive for achievement in meeting functional goals and overall health improvements
Research, Education and Clinical Trials
A member of the Neuro Recovery Network "NRN"
Developing & providing therapies that promote functional recovery for people living with paralysis.
Jon O’Connor was an entrepreneur, visionary, philanthropist, aviation enthusiast, caring and compassionate person who’s mission allowed him to be a beacon of hope for people with neurological conditions by providing them with a place to continue their journey after their traditional therapy concluded.
At the age of 29, Jon established the O’Connor Foundation to provide financial support to charities such as Maryville Academy, an Illinois orphanage for abused children. His success in the construction business, along with his passion for investing in the markets, afforded him the wherewithal to financially support such charities. Perhaps more importantly, he found time to serve as a mentor to a group that desperately needed one.
CONDITIONS WE TREAT
We are redefining recovery
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Injuries can present many different ways depending on the level at which the injury occurs. Physical therapy is tailored to patients’ needs based on their level of function and goals. Physical therapy can help work on things such as wheelchair positioning, compensatory techniques, range of motion, strength training, and ambulation.
Cerebrovascular Accidents can cause weakness, difficulty with skilled movement, impaired speech, and obstacles while performing activities of daily living. Physical therapy can help improve functional mobility, motor re-education, sensory awareness, and other appropriate therapeutic strategies based on a patient’s specific level of function and goals.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injuries may result in difficulty with walking, speech, balance, and functional motor tasks. Physical therapy can help with these difficulties, as well as teach compensatory mechanisms to improve activities of daily living.
Cerebral Palsy may cause abnormal muscle tone, poor posture control, motor delays, and balance impairments. Physical therapy can help normalize tone, educate patients and caregivers, increase range of motion and strength, improve balance and mobility skills, and work towards functional goals.
Multiple Sclerosis may result in a patient presenting with increased fatigue, decreased balance, impaired coordination, and overall decreased mobility. Physical therapy can help patients that have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis maintain their current level of function, increase their endurance, practice balance activities, and more!
Parkinson’s Disease can lead to difficulty initiating and stopping movements, shuffling gait patterns, poor posture, and slow movements. Physical therapy will help maximize endurance, strength, and functional mobility for people that have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Balance activities, gait training, and stretching are other important aspects that might be included in a physical therapy treatment session.
Our staff and facility offer an environment and culture in which clients and therapists strive together for achievement of functional goals and improved health. Functional goals may include: improved walking and standing, transfer ability, trunk stability, posture, balance, and strength, and sport participation.
Health and wellness goals include: significant gains in cardiovascular and pulmonary function, increased bone density, decreased spasticity, reduction in the risk of skin lesions, and enhanced glucose tolerance.
Next Steps is committed to helping patients regain a higher quality of life
ONE-ON-ONE PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
At Next Steps, we provide one-on-one physical and occupational therapy sessions with a licensed therapist or therapist assistant. Our therapy sessions are designed for the patient’s specific therapeutic needs and goals and are delivered in a challenging and competitive environment which is safe and structured for our patients.
Our Physical and Occupational Therapists are highly skilled and educated and operate in an environment that is dedicated to rehabilitation excellence for our patients. Physical therapy is an absolute imperative if you are hoping to gain strength and enhanced range of motion with the ultimate goal of living as independently as possible. Occupational Therapy is imperative in improving gross and fine motor skills for developing, recovering, or maintaining meaningful activities, or occupations. We currently accept Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and United Healthcare.
NEURO-ADAPTIVE FITNESS AND WELLNESS
Neuro-Adaptive Fitness and Wellness (NAFW) is one-on-one personal training with a neuro- exercise specialist. The program is cash-based and allows our clients to come in and receive functional fitness and wellness when insurance is not an option. We work on personal goals and maintenance in order to prevent regression. Our ultimate goal is to continually work towards rehabilitation progression.
Next Steps offers a myriad of equipment options to provide active therapy to achieve goals of reversing muscle atrophy, encouraging neuroplasticity and regaining function. Next Steps is equipped with cutting edge Virtual Reality technology, a RT300 FES UE/LE Ergometer with Sage controller, a Spinal Cord Simulator, a Therastride body weight supported treadmill system, a Hocoma Lokomat body weight supported treadmill with robotic assisted walking, and an Argo’s ReWalk Exoskeleton.
VIRTUAL REALITY ("VR")
RT 300 FES CYCLE
RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND CLINICAL TRIALS
At Next Steps we are committed to fostering an environment in which research remains our driving ambition and we strongly encourage our physical therapists to engage in research and publication. We are also fundamentally a teaching facility through our partnership and collaboration with one of the leading academic institutions for professionals pursuing masters and doctoral degrees in the rehabilitation arena.
Next Steps is also a member of the NeuroRecovery Network (“NRN”) through our affiliation with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The NRN is a network of rehabilitation centers charged with developing and providing therapies that promote functional recovery for people living with paralysis.
Finally, Next Steps is also engaging in clinical trials that are at the cutting edge of exploration for people afflicted with SCI.
Next Steps is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of helping people living with disability. Next Steps provides the highest quality therapy with the most advanced therapeutic technology at the lowest possible cost to people who would otherwise not have access. Your generosity helps people living with severe neurological disorders fight to recover – by helping Next Steps, you give them an opportunity to maximize their recovery.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Next Steps is a not-for-profit organization which provides top-notch treatment for patients with different neurological conditions. However, what makes it possible for us to assist in the recovery, is the generosity of people like you! Help NextSteps continue to provide the very best in treatment and recovery by donating today!.