Linda Backus, PT, MS Physical Therapy: A true passion.


"I knew I wanted to be a physical therapist since I was in the 7th grade. I grew up with very weak leg muscles and spent my first 10 years in and out of flexible leg casts. When you are different, kids can be mean, so I vowed to try and make life better for others so they would not have to suffer. I thoroughly enjoy treating all muscukeletal conditions and have experienced the pleasure of seeing someone return to activities and function they could not do before because of pain or weakness."


Listening to the Patient and the Body


"Our bodies tell us a lot about what is going on with them.  My approach to therapy is to listen to the patient and read what their body is saying about them.  I apply techniques to allow the body to resume a normal and biomechanically correct posture, which usually nakes the body much happier."


"I enjoy the interaction with patients and hope to keep learning new ways to treat patients to maximize their potential and improve my skills.  I have a special interest in treating the shoulder.  I completed extensive research on this complex joint for my Master's thesis.  I also enjoy teaching continuing education courses on shoulder rehabilitation to other physical and occupational therapists.





Education, Teaching Experience and Advanced Training 


Master of Science, Physical Therapy:


Finch University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, Illinois


Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy:


Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois


Advanced Training:


Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Lumbar and Cervical Spine (McKenzie Approach),

Weight Trainer, Certified by the International Weightlifting Association,

Mobilization of the Cervical, Thoracic and Ribs, Myofascial manipulation,

Knee and Spline Taping Techniques,

Fall Prevention Programs,

Shoulder Evaluation and Treatment.

Orthopedic Massage for Cervical Pain.

Evaluation and Treatmnt with Neurodegenerative and Demyelinating Disease.

Diagnosis/Evaluation of the Foot and Ankle.

Principles of Vestibular Rehabilitation.




American Physical Therapy Association




Continuing Education Courses for Physical and Occupational Therapists on:

"Rehabilitation of the Shoulder"





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Hours & Locations

Convenient Hours at 2 Locations


Des Plaines

Mon - Thurs:  7:00AM to 6:00PM



Mon - Thurs: 8:00AM to 6:00PM


(later hours may be possible at both locations, please call for more information)


Creative Therapy Resource, Ltd.

Main Phone: 847.390.0999  Fax:  847.390.0949



Des Plaines Office: 1683 Elk Boulvard, Des Plaines, IL 60016      Ph:  847.390.0999   Fax: 847.390.0949

Riverwoods Office: 1135 Milwaukee Ave., Riverwoods, IL 60015  Ph: 847.520.9038  Fax: 847.520.9039