Our interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts design treatment programs tailored to meet your specific rehabilitation needs that help you regain your strength and independence.

We believe that you are an active partner in your recovery. Our dedicated team of clinicians work with you to achieve maximum recovery. Motivation, combined with skills learned from our experienced staff, provide you with the tools needed to regain independence, adapt to new realities and discover new strengths.

Our Rehabilitation & Therapy Services

Our amputee program focuses on healing and preparation of the residual limb for possible prosthesis, improving functional mobility, and self-care skills, while providing emotional support to help patients adjust to a new lifestyle. After discharge from UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Center for Rehabilitative Medicine, an outpatient clinic is available for follow-up to evaluate and prescribe a prosthesis, when appropriate.

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial audiologists diagnose and treat individuals with hearing loss and work to proactively prevent additional hearing-related damage. If an audiologist determines that a hearing loss or vestibular abnormality is present, he or she will provide recommendations to a patient as to what options (e.g. hearing aids, cochlear implants, surgery, appropriate medical referrals) may be of assistance.

Our Cancer Rehabilitation program emphasizes improvement in functional limitations, pain, exhaustion (physical, emotional and/or cognitive), compromised nutrition or distress. This includes improving independence and quality of life through participation in a multi-disciplinary therapy program and education.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a program to help people recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and procedures such as cardiac stenting and angioplasty. Education and exercise are provided to help patients increase physical fitness and health, reduce cardiac symptoms and reduce the risk of future heart problems.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program to help improve the well-being of people who have chronic breathing problems. Exercise is provided to help patients increase physical fitness and health. Also, education is provided on lung disease and how to help manage it in order to increase a person's ability to complete daily tasks.

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services are offered Monday through Friday.

At UChicago Medicine, our neurological program emphasizes improving functional activities such as mobility skills and activities of daily living. Neurological disabilities caused by trauma or disease may present severe obstacles to an individual's physical dependence.

Neurological conditions requiring rehabilitation include:

  • Parkinsonism
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Developmental/congenital disabilities
  • Neuromuscular disorders (motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophies and other myopathies)
  • Abnormal movement disorders
  • Spinocerebellar disease
  • Disorders of the autonomic nervous system

Occupational therapists help individuals regain, develop and build skills that are important for independent functioning, health and well-being. Occupational therapists work with infants, child and adults who — because of illness, injury, developmental or psychological impairment — need specialized assistance in learning skills to enable them to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.

Our occupational therapy team is trained in orthotic fabrication, exercise and adaptation techniques that improve independence and quality of life. Our team includes therapists with board certification in physical rehabilitation and certified hand therapists.

Inpatient occupational therapy is offered every day. Outpatient therapy is available Monday through Friday.

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial comprehensive orthopaedic program assesses and treats individuals who have suffered a hip or other fractures, multiple traumas, or undergone a joint replacement.

Orthopaedic conditions requiring rehabilitation include:

  • Hip fractures
  • Joint replacements or pelvic fractures, requiring close medical monitoring
  • Major multiple fractures
  • Laminectomy without neurological deficits

Spinal cord dysfunction conditions requiring rehabilitation include: 

  • Tetraplegia (complete, incomplete)
  • Quadraparesis (incomplete)
  • Non-traumatic spinal cord dysfunction
  • Neoplasm of spinal column, cord, meninges, or other parts of nervous system
  • Spondylosis or spinal stenosis with myelopathy, radiculopathy

Physical therapists aim to restore, maintain and promote optimal physical and mobility function. Our therapists are highly skilled in the assessment and treatment of movement dysfunctions. Our team consists of therapists with post-graduate training, including specialists with certifications in orthopedics, lymphedema, pelvic health, wound care, pediatrics and cardiopulmonary.

Inpatient physical therapy is offered every day. Outpatient therapy is available Monday through Friday.

Speech Therapy involves the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of communication problems such as speech, language, swallowing and cognitive disorders.

At UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial, we believe that initiating a rehabilitation program as soon as possible after a stroke or any brain dysfunction is critical to recovery. The effects of stroke and brain dysfunction can range in seriousness and lasting disability depending on which brain cells have been damaged. They can cause physical, cognitive, social and vocational changes, and can affect memory, mood and concentration. Functional activities such as mobility and daily living skills are emphasized. Inpatient rehabilitation is the first step to a long process of adjustments and education for our patients and their families.


  • Cerebral ischemia due to vascular thrombosis, embolism or hemorrhage; aneurysm bleed or post repair complications
  • Late effects of cerebrovascular disease

Brain Dysfunction

  • Neoplasm (including metastases)
  • Encephalitis, anoxia, metabolic toxicity, encephalopathy, subarachnoid, subdural and extradural hemorrhage or hematoma; seizure or intracranial abscess.

Our certified therapeutic recreation specialist helps individuals protect and improve their health by engaging in activities. Our patients can choose from a broad variety of activities and relaxation techniques, including crocheting, jewelry-making and yoga. Therapeutic recreation is an inpatient service available to patients receiving care for obstetrics, cardiology, hematology/oncology and transplant services. Individuals can participate in groups or one-on-one sessions.

Therapeutic recreation is an inpatient service offered Monday through Friday.

Specialty Treatment Interventions

The goal of our rehabilitation program is to return patients to their independent lifestyle. For many of our patients, the ADL apartment prepares them to return home. With a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom modified for accessibility, our patients work with their therapists to improve a variety of tasks in a home-like setting.

For individuals suffering from disorders that affect their balance, UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial offers a Balance Re-education/Vestibular program comprised of a home exercise program; education on the causes of the individual's disorder, precautions and symptom control; and vestibular rehabilitation and balance retraining.

The drivers program is conducted by an occupational therapist and a certified driver instructor. The program consists of a clinical evaluation and  a behind-the-wheel evaluation. The client is assessed on basic driving skills in various traffic and road conditions and his or her ability to use adaptive equipment safely in the car.

LiteGait is a gait-training device that simultaneously controls weight bearing, posture and balance over a treadmill or over ground.

The Saebo Flex allows individuals with neurological impairments, such as stroke, to maximize the use of their hand in therapy and at home by supporting the weakened wrist, hand and fingers. The SaeboFlex is a custom-fabricated orthosis that is non-electrical and purely mechanical.

This treatment is for patients suffering from difficult swallowing or dysphagia. It is a noninvasive treatment that uses electrical stimulation and is administered to the anterior neck.

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) is an evidenced-based program that targets common speaking problems such as soft voice, mumbled speech, monotone, or hoarse vocal quality. These speech characteristics are common in those with Parkinson's disease or other forms of neurologic conditions. LSVT LOUD research has demonstrated improved vocal loudness, improved speech intelligibility, and more facial expression.

The WalkAide is a Functional Electric Stimulation (FES) device. It stimulates the peroneal nerve which controls the muscles on the front of the shin. Patients who exhibit a weakness or paralysis of the muscles involved in lifting the front part of the foot causing them to drag the foot and toes can benefit from this device. The WalkAide can help patients who suffer from a stroke, multiple sclerosis, or other brain or spinal diseases or trauma.

Use of the Nintendo Wii System technology offers several benefits including improvement in motor recruitment, dynamic sitting-and-standing balance, reaction time and coordination.