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Pain and Mental Health - When chronic pain strikes, depression and anxiety can follow

Chronic pain is more than a physical problem. Those who suffer from long-term pain often experience emotional and psychological aspects as well, particularly depression and anxiety.


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Characteristics of Physical Therapy for Parkinson's Disease - A National Mixed Methods Study

This study surveyed academic medical centers with Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Specialty Neurology Clinics. This was followed by focus groups and interviews with neurologists, social

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Dr. Richard Lieber Inducted into AIMBE College of Fellows

Richard Lieber, PhD — Shirley Ryan AbilityLab senior vice president and chief scientific officer — was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows at the organization’s annual meeting March 25 in Washington, D.C.


Nurses at AbilityLab

Nominations for Nurses Week Awards - Due April 2

One highlight of Nurses Week is the presentation of two high honors: the Nancye B. Holt Legacy of Nursing Award and the Remarkable Image of Caring Award.


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Joanne C. Smith, MD Named to Modern Healthcare’s Top Women Leaders List

In its February 18 issue, Modern Healthcare magazine honored Joanne C. Smith, MD, president and CEO, as one of the Top 25 Women Leaders.


A physical therapist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab leads gait training for a patient. The patient’s weight is shared with the lift system, which decreases support as the patient’s ability increases.

Walk This Way to Post-Stroke Recovery

n the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Legs + Walking Lab, gait therapists focus on promoting locomotor recovery for patients post-stroke. The primary physical therapists refer patients to gait therapy if walking goals are indicated, usually soon after completion of the initial evaluation.



Resilient 6-Year-Old Defies Odds After Weeks-Long Coma: 'We’re Getting Our Little Girl Back'

A young north suburban girl has defied the odds after a horrific accident last year. Six-year-old Leah Dinchak was hit by a van last August— falling into a coma for weeks. In October, she spoke to NBC 5 for the first time since waking up. Now she’s walking again.


Jennifer Goldman

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Appoints Dr. Jennifer Goldman to Lead Parkinson’s Rehabilitation

Dr. Goldman is a movement disorders neurologist with specialty board certification in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry. She is internationally recognized for her clinical, research and educational work on interdisciplinary care and the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and movement disorders.

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Antonio Davis on the Steve Harvey show

An Inspirational Man who Paints with His Mouth

Past patient, Antonio meets with Steve Harvey . Learn about Antonio's extraordinary story of his tragedy turning into triumph while realizing his God-given talent in the process.