Lake Bluff chiropractor touts practice benefits
North Shore Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation's David Johnson poses for a picture inside the Highland Park location at 1780 Green Bay Road. | Jeff Krage~for Sun-Times Media
BUSINESS: North Shore Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation
SPECIALTY: Effective rehabilitation for sports injuries, work injuries and post-surgical care
LOCATION: 100 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff, and 1780 Green Bay Road, Highland Park
HOURS: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 1-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 8 a.m.-noon, Saturdays
CONTACT: (847) 295-0920; northshorerehab.com
Updated: October 9, 2012 8:54AM
LAKE BLUFF — David Johnson has spent his entire career alleviating pain caused by injuries and accidents.
“There are too many patients who don’t get good rehabilitation and end up either suffering in pain or sometimes end up in surgery when, many times, a lot of the conditions are preventable,” said the founder and owner of North Shore Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation in Lake Bluff and Highland Park.
A chiropractor and licensed physical therapist, Johnson hopes pain-sufferers will seek relief during October, National Chiropractic Health and Physical Therapy Month.
“There are a lot of patients who can be served with those professions to the benefit of their basic social well-being,” said Johnson, who saw the need to meld chiropractic care and physical therapy shortly after he opened his practice in 1988.
It was an unusual move then and still is today. The overall goal, however, is to deliver better care to patients and increase awareness that people do not need to suffer in pain when they are injured.
“Patients deserve to have cooperation among professionals,” he said.
NSSSR offers chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists for pain management, work injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation and sports injury care.
“I take care of a lot of middle-aged athletes, a very active group of seniors and junior high and high school athletes,” he said. “People who come to my practice tend to be more athletic and motivated to be better.”
The key to preventing injury is to exercise consistently, Johnson said.
That includes stretching daily, exercising aerobically three to four times a week, and adding balance and strength training to the mix.
Don’t overlook diet and lifestyle, he cautioned.
“Getting enough sleep can’t be overstated,” Johnson said. “People don’t give their body time to recover.”