Richard “Dick” W. Kruckeberg, PT, OCS, CHT
“I don’t just see myself as a physical therapist. I see myself as a guide who helps my patients enjoy life without pain.”
Considered the leading authority on orthopedics and injury rehabilitation in Central Illinois, Richard Kruckeberg blends his impressive education and teaching credentials with the practical experience he has gathered since starting out in his field in 1978.
He also places high regard on listening to each patient as an individual and thinking creatively about their rehabilitation process.
“I like the one-on-one and hands-on approach to health care,” he says. “The ability to spend more time with each patient allows me to teach them something to positively impact their life. It also helps me to learn some of their life lessons to direct my own life. I never stop learning from people, either about their physical issue or their personal philosophy.”
A graduate of physical therapy from the University of Illinois Medical Center, he is now an instructor at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, Lakeland College, in addition to maintaining practices in Mattoon and Sullivan.
His post-graduate work includes special training in work injury prevention, hand injuries, visceral manipulation, orthopedic physical therapy and spinal evaluation.
He became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist in April, 1990 and a Certified Hand Specialist in June, 1991.
“I treat patients as I would treat my own family – with respect, honesty and hope – while they are traversing the path to wellness or optimum health. My hands-on touch is my best quality. It puts me in direct communication with the injured tissue to find out the real story of what’s going on with that person’s body. More important to my patients, I’ve learned how to help the body run like it was meant to: without pain.”
He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Central District Chair of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association, and a member of the Board of Directors of CHOICE Program (raising community awareness of drugs and alcohol).
Additional postgraduate training he has engaged in includes splinting, visceral manipulation, cumulative trauma disorders musculoskeletal, musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment, clinical electrotherapy and pain management.