Our Patients are Our Priority

You want to recover what’s most important in your life. Meet some of our patients and innovative programs that make it possible.

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An Active Life with Cerebral Palsy

Born with CP, Michelle started receiving rehabilitation when she was only 6. Since then, she has made amazing changes and now leads a full, active teenage life.

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Spasticity Clinic

Spasticity rehabilitation aids children and adults who experience functional loss, contracture and pain due to CP, MS, brain/spinal cord injuries or stroke.

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Computerized Motion Analysis

We offer sophisticated gait assessment for children and adults at the Computerized Motion Analysis, one of the few of its kind in the Chicago and the U.S.

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How We Heal

With CP patients, we focus on mobility, communication, self-care and education. Throughout our Innovation Centers and Ability Labs, doctors, therapists and scientists work together, toward your best outcomes.

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Nerve, Muscle & Bone Innovation Center

For over 60 years, we’ve been recognized for the depth of our expertise with conditions affecting the nerves, muscles, bones and joints in adults and children.

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Legs + Walking Lab

The Margaret & Mark Stephan Legs + Walking Lab is designed for patients and research participants with diagnoses affecting lower-body function due to brain or spinal cord injury and diseases of the nerves, muscles and bones. Researchers and clinicians focus on advancing trunk, pelvic and leg function, movement, coordination, strength and balance.

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Arms + Hands Lab

The two-story Harris Family Foundation Arms + Hands Lab is a robust environment designed for patients and research participants working on recovering and strengthening complex hand and reaching skills — turning a key, picking up a pen, reaching for a glass, putting on a sweater…all the many things we do with our hands, arms and fingers.

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Strength + Endurance Lab

Designed for patients and research participants working on building stamina and resilience, the Nancy W. Knowles Strength + Endurance Lab is where therapy is targeted to improve complex motor and endurance activities, coordination and higher-level activities of daily living (cooking, dressing, gardening, sports).

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Think + Speak Lab

Recovering the ability to think, reason, perceive, swallow, eat, talk, interact with others and make decisions are key for returning to yourself, loved ones and life. In this Lab, combined therapeutic care and scientific application help you recover these building blocks of ability.

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Pediatric Lab

Pediatric patients (inpatient and outpatient) work with doctors, researchers and therapists in this kid-customized Grainger Pediatric Lab, scaled for smaller bodies, developing brains and appealing to young imaginations. 

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Meet our doctors who have dedicated their lives to helping children and adults with CP.

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Science-Driven Care

We have 350 clinical studies under way — some specifically CP-related. For example, we’re testing novel stretching and assistive devices (software, toys, splints), as well as exploring CP at the cell level. We offer you access to the world’s most advanced research that can directly impact your outcome.

Biologics Lab

Explore what biomedical research is about within Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

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Clinical Trials & Research Studies



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Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Registry

The aim of this project is to develop a registry of research volunteers for recruitment purposes at the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research.

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