When I opened AthletiCo's first center in 1991, I saw the need for a patient-centered physical therapy and community outreach program in Chicagoland
Oak Brook, IL (Vocus) September 30, 2010
AthletiCo Physical and Occupational Therapy, an Illinois and Milwaukee-based provider of rehabilitation services, joins the American Physical Therapy Association in celebrating National Physical Therapy Month this October.
AthletiCo Physical Therapy employs over 400 physical therapists and physical therapy assistants in more than 50 facilities throughout Illinois and Milwaukee. “When I opened AthletiCo’s first center in 1991, I saw the need for a patient-centered physical therapy and community outreach program in Chicagoland,” says Mark Kaufman, MS, PT, ATC, president and founder of AthletiCo. “This wasn’t something that was being offered at the time and I continue to be passionate about offering patients an opportunity to reach their goals and continue their lives without injury.”
Today the field of physical therapy has expanded and AthletiCo is proud to be a leader throughout Chicagoland. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is expected to grow 27 percent from 2006 to 2016, much faster than the average in other fields. Julie Keysor, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University, noted in a 2009 Businessweek article that “The large U.S. population of aging baby boomers ensures demand for physical therapists—who, through one-on-one interaction, help patients reclaim musculoskeletal abilities impeded by illness, surgery, or injury—will continue to stay strong. "
“The goal of physical therapy is to get a person back to the point where he or she can perform normal everyday activities without difficulty. Increasing the range of motion of a joint and building strength into the involved muscles is key,” says Kaufman. Arthritis, which is the leading cause of disability among Americans over the age of 15, is just one example of a disease that can be controlled through physical therapy. AthletiCo partners with the Chicago Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation to educate local communities on ways to control arthritis.
In addition, the education of physical therapists has increased over the past several decades. “Physical therapists are coming out of school with a higher level of competency than ever before. For years, clinicians earned a bachelor’s degree, and then it went to master’s level coursework. Today many new clinicians are coming out of school with a doctorate of physical therapy degree,” says Kaufman. AthletiCo has expanded its educational offering for therapists by making programs such as the Evidence in Motion Orthopedic Residency Program and Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Training Program available.
AthletiCo supports the APTA’s 2010 mission of “Smart moves for families to prevent and combat obesity and its consequences” with each of the services we offer. For more information on AthletiCo’s services or to find a location near you, please visit http://www.athletico.com or call 1.877.ATHLETICO.
Since 1991, AthletiCo has been the proud provider of rehabilitation, fitness, and performance services to many professional teams, performing arts companies, endurance programs, golf associations, volleyball clubs, high schools, colleges, and events in Chicagoland and Central Illinois. AthletiCo’s first Wisconsin location opened in Milwaukee in December 2009.
AthletiCo provides orthopedic rehabilitation including physical and occupational therapy, work rehabilitation, performing arts rehabilitation, women’s health therapy, spine control, pediatric physical therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, and athletic training/sports medicine. Expanded services include performance enhancement, fitness center memberships, golf fitness, endurance, nutrition, and massage therapy.
AthletiCo accepts all indemnity, PPO, POS, and Workman Compensation plans including BC/BS, Humana, Medicare, Aetna (PPO/HMO), PHCS, UHC (PPO.HMO) and many others. As a courtesy to our patients, we verify insurance coverage.
AthletiCo Toll-Free Injury Hotline 877-ATHLETICO (1-877-284-5384)
Leah Cybulski / Marketing Manager
630-575-6267 / lcybulski(at)athletico(dot)com