NextSteps offers a unique fusion of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and personal trainers working closely together to provide activity-based locomotor therapy for people with paralysis. We are the first non-profit physical therapy and exercise facility devoted to the rehabilitation and overall wellness of people living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) in the Chicago area. NextSteps is devoted to offering SCI 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 NextSteps committed to helping the SCI community 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.
Functional results can include:
- Improved stepping and standing ability
- Improved trunk stability and posture
- Improved balance and strength
Health improvements can include:
- Better cardiovascular function
- Improved pulmonary function
- Increased bone density
- Decreased spasticity
- Less likelihood of skin lesions
- Enhanced glucose tolerance
NextSteps offers a multitude of equipment options to provide active therapy to achieve goals of reversing muscle atrophy, encouraging neuroplasticity and regaining function. NextSteps is equipped with an RT300 FES UE/LE Ergometer with Sage controller, Therastride body weight supported treadmill system, Hocoma Lokomat body weight supported treadmill with robotic assisted walking, Argo’s ReWalk Exoskeleton, Guldmann body weight supported lift for overground assisted gait training, Power Plate whole body vibration with vertical displacement, Galileo whole body vibration with alternating vertical displacement, Giger MD for upside down crawling, Horizon Elliptical Gait Trainer with harness, Versa Climber, Total Gym, tilt tables, second step walkers, massage table, parallel bars, multiple upper body ergometers, general weights and resistive bands for strength training and other tools for regaining function.
Costs and Commitment
NextSteps offers a variety of programs to meet each client’s personal goals. Our basic hourly rate is $85.00/hour. There is an additional $40 per session fee if Therastride, Lokomat or ReWalk training is included as part of the session.
Every new client receives an initial physical therapy evaluation by one of our staff physical therapists in which a comprehensive examination is performed to outline a plan of care that addresses the client’s specific goals and functional goals and establishes the most appropriate duration and frequency of sessions. Sessions on average are 2 hours in length and most clients attend regularly scheduled sessions two to three times a week. The plan of care is shared with the designated team of PTs, PTAs and/or personal trainers involved in the client’s cares. A licensed physical therapist is always present during treatment times and will be involved as much as needed during ongoing sessions.
NextSteps has limited ability to bill private healthcare insurance for physical therapy with a valid physical therapy prescription. Please contact us directly for additional information regarding healthcare insurance.
NextSteps is a member of the NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) and is currently enrolling clients into a research study that is monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the NRN Community Fitness and Wellness program.
NextSteps of O’Connor Foundation offers limited financial aid to qualifying individuals who are experiencing financial hardship that directly impacts their ability to continue their physical therapy.