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 neurological conditions. We are the first non-profit physical therapy and exercise facility devoted to the rehabilitation and overall wellness of people living with neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, and more. NextSteps 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 NextSteps 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.

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 multitude equipment options to provide active therapy to achieve goals of reversing muscle atrophy, encouraging neuroplasticity and regaining function. NextSteps is equipped with a Virtual Reality, RT300 FES UE/LE Ergometer with Sage controller, Spinal cord Simulator, 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.


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. 

Please send an email to nextstepschicago@gmail.com requesting application for financial aid.