If You Like a Good Bargain, You’re Going to LOVE Physical Therapy
Searching for a good bargain? It’s no secret that prices have been going up. Gas is expensive. Food is expensive. The housing market is crazy. If you’re looking for ways to pinch some pennies or stretch your dollars, physical therapy might be just what you’re looking for.
Physical Therapy Saves Cost
A study that looked at the claims data of 472,000 Medicare beneficiaries with back pain found that when PT was the first treatment, costs were 19% lower than when people got injections first and 75% lower than for people who were sent straight to surgery. The study also found that in the year following diagnosis, people who got PT first had costs 18% lower than those who got injections, and 54% lower than those in the surgery group.
Another example happened in 2006 when Virginia Mason Health Center in Seattle teamed up with Aetna and Starbucks. They sent workers with back pain to see both a physical therapist and physician for their first treatment. Use of MRI dropped by 1/3, people got better faster, missed less work and were more satisfied with their care. The cost savings was so great that Virgina Mason was losing money on treating back pain, so Aetna ended up paying them more for PT treatments because they were saving so much money.
Physical Therapy First Means Fewer Visits…
A paper published in Physical Therapy looked at outcomes when patients went to a PT first vs. seeing a physician first for back pain. It found that patients who went to their physician first needed 33 PT visits on average, while those who went to their PT first only needed 20. Seeing a PT first saves money, but it also saves time. Isn’t it a good bargain? Check now for best physical therapy near me.
It Also Means Better Outcomes
A study of 150,000 insurance claims published in Health Services Research, found that those who saw a physical therapist at the first point of care had an 89 percent lower probability of receiving an opioid prescription, a 28 percent lower probability of having advanced imaging services, and a 15 percent lower probability of an emergency department visit.
High quality research consistently shows that taking advantage of direct access and getting to your physical therapist quickly leads to better outcomes in fewer visits with lower costs. We think that’s a deal worth taking advantage of.
Pre/Post-Natal Pain Relief
Pre/Post-Natal Pain Relief – With pregnancy, the body experiences many changes, including postural adjustments, increased load on the pelvic floor, and stretching and thickening of the ligaments. Changes such as these can cause back pain and pelvic floor issues. Muscle weakness may also lead to urinary incontinence and difficulty activating core muscles. Though these are some of the more unpleasant parts of pregnancy, prenatal and postnatal treatments can help your body better prepare for the journey ahead. At PREP Performance Center, we integrate techniques such as massage therapy and pelvic floor therapy to help make your pregnancy and delivery process as smooth as possible.
During the delivery process, you may need to undergo a procedure that might result in a scar, such as a c-section or an episiotomy. These can cause restrictions in the myofascial (create link to myofascial or manual therapy page) system of the body. Our Chicago physical therapy practice uses specific myofascial and scar-release techniques to eliminate these restrictions and prevent your myofascial system from being further compromised.
Some women might also suffer from diastasis recti, also known as abdominal separation. Diastasis recti can interfere with the strengthening of the abdomen muscles and cause the belly to “pooch.” Our physical therapists use the latest evidence-based clinical knowledge in the field to identify and treat this condition.
PREP Performance Center can help mothers for Pre Post Natal Pain Relief as their bodies experience the effects of pregnancy and childbirth. Our Chicago physical therapists will also help in addressing any problems that may arise during this time.
You don’t need to suffer before or after delivery. Contact PREP Performance Center in Lincoln Square, Irving Park, Lakeview, Horner Park, Roscoe Village & Ravenswood Chicago, IL, today to schedule an appointment, and we’ll create a plan to help you along your pregnancy. By including physical therapy in your prenatal and postnatal care, you can be better prepared for one of the biggest challenges in a woman’s life: delivering and caring for a baby.
Welcome to our Clinic!
Our team of physical therapists at PREP Performance Center has close to 10 years of experience in the sports medicine physical therapy profession and over 8 years of experience running a successful private practice.
Specializing in treating the adolescent athlete, we not only provide therapy post-injury but seek to implement pre-sport participation movement screens and our 8-week Academy Training programs that have been shown to reduce overuse and non-contact injuries. Some of the statistics below support the need for Physical Therapy Intervention at the youth sports level.
MARY CATHERINE CASEY, PT, DPT
Owner and Founder
Four-Time Division | National Champion Lacrosse Player
Dry Needling Specialist
Graston Technique Certified
Concussion Management Specialist
Titleist Performance Institute Certified
Mary Kate graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and currently specializes in sports medicine rehabilitation. She is a former collegiate lacrosse player with four National Championships as a member of the Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse team, current Head Lacrosse Coach at DePaul Prep in Chicago, and a member of the Wellness Team for the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL). In 2019, Northwestern University Physical Therapy Department selected Mary Kate as the Young Alumni of the Year for her innovative contributions to the Physical Therapy Profession.
Mary Kate sustained an ACL injury early in her freshman year of college, which sparked her interest in physical therapy. During a 6-9 months recovery process, Mary Kate followed a strict program that not only focused on strength, speed, agility, and quickness but also included flexibility, balance, mechanical and proprioceptive training during sport-specific activities. This unique training regimen helped her achieve athletic success throughout her collegiate career and into young adulthood. Her holistic approach to injury prevention, sports performance, and mental preparation were born out of this experience. Her experience both as a former collegiate athlete and an experienced physical therapist convinces her that something is missing for those athletes who train extended hours to excel in their sport, yet continuously need to fend off injuries.
This along with her extensive understanding of the increasing prevalence of ACL tears, she developed her own ARSI Movement System which she utilizes during her therapy and sports performance programming. Her methodology pre-and post-injury focuses on the assessment of muscle imbalances, recruitment of specific muscles, stabilization of muscle groups, and integration of proper mechanical loading during sport-specific activities. Mary Kate addresses individuals’ weaknesses with a hands-on approach, employing manual therapy techniques, Graston Technique, myofascial release, neuromuscular control, and dynamic flexibility. Currently, PREP is using DorsaVi wearable technology to provide baseline movement assessments to young athletes to assist with injury risk assessment, limb symmetry, and return to play readiness.
Founder of PREP Performance Center, physical therapy, and sports performance facility, Mary Kate emphasizes the importance of creativity, innovation, education, community involvement, injury prevention, and integration with sports performance. Mary Kate’s team is providing cutting-edge therapy and sports performance that helps athletes of all ages train like the pros and develop into well-rounded athletes despite early sports specialization.
Mary Kate utilized their skills as a former collegiate and high school athlete to develop the knowledge base and skills necessary to run a unique and growing clinic. Mary Kate has the mindset of an elite athlete and implements similar practices into her business to not only provide quality physical therapy but unmatched education and customer service. Mary Kate has to lead a team of 6 employees through the first 2.5 years of a new business and continues to pursue avenues that will keep physical therapy relevant as health care changes and the need for technology is integrated into healthcare. She is willing to take risks and is always looking for the X-Factor that will keep her and her team ahead of the game.
JACK DAVIS, PT, DPT
Division | Golfer
Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified
Titleist Performance Institute Certified
Jack graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Prior to that, he attended Saint Martin’s University in Olympia, WA where he was a member of the varsity men’s golf team and graduated with a BS in Biology. Jack has experience treating patients with a wide variety of orthopedic conditions but has a particular interest in sports physical therapy. He is passionate about providing individualized, quality care to help his patients achieve their full potential. In addition to his training in orthopedics, sports medicine, and post-operative care, he is trained in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), blood flow restriction training, and is a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified provider. Jack has a particular interest in golf rehabilitation and enjoys working with golfers of all levels to return to a pain-free game and reach their full potential. As a former college golfer, he can relate to the importance of maintaining a healthy body to stay at the top of your game.