Our Patients Are Our Priority

Our patients continuously inspire us with strength and resolve. Learn more about their stories and some of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's differentiating services and care.

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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology offers custom tools that aid in communication, learning, operation of mobility or household devices and key functions.

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Patients gait is recorded during their session at MAC

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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BOTOX shot being administered for spacticity

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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How We Heal

Every person with Parkinson’s disease has unique medical and therapeutic needs. Our doctors, therapists and scientists collaborate using the most advanced medical research and technology to facilitate the best outcomes.

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Nerve, Muscle + Bone Innovation Center

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

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Legs + Walking Lab

This 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

This Lab is designed for patients and research participants working on building stamina and resilience. 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 Pediatric Lab, scaled for smaller bodies, developing brains and appealing to young imaginations. 

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Meet our specialists helping people with conditions or neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, that affect movement and other abilities.

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Science-Driven Care

With more than 350 clinical studies under way, we offer you access to the world’s most advanced research, which can directly impact your outcome. The pursuit of new therapies may include application of technology, biological materials and pharmacological therapies specific to neural action.

Neuromechanics of Impaired Locomotion Lab

The goal of our research is to understand the underlying neurophysiological and biomechanical mechanisms responsible for walking abnormalities.

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