Mehul H. Garala, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician with Fellowship Training in Spine and Sports Medicine

Phone: 847-832-3390

Board Certifications
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine

Practice Locations

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Presence Saint Francis Hospital
  • Ravine Way Surgery Center, LLC


Dr. Mehul Garala is a double board-certified, fellowship-trained physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine, with special interest in non-operative spine management. He performs musculoskeletal and spine evaluations, fracture management, and administers peripheral joint as well as interventional spinal injections. Dr. Garala has extensive experience evaluating patients with neck and/or back injuries and comprehensively managing them through education, medication, physical therapy and performing injections if warranted. He also has a depth of experience in occupational health and the management of workers’ compensation injuries.

He received his undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, and subsequently obtained his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA. Dr. Garala completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia/Cornell in New York City, where he served as a chief resident. His rotations included other renowned institutions including Hospital for Special Surgery and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Garala then pursued additional fellowship training in Spine and Sports Medicine in Elmhurst, IL under the tutelage of nationally recognized physiatrist, Dr. Larry Frank.



University of Virginia- Cognitive Science


Virginia Commonwealth University- Anatomy

Medical School

Medical College of Virginia


New York Presbyterian - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Dr. Larry Frank- Spine and Sports Physiatrists

Affiliations and Associations

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Spine Intervention Society
  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

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“For the past couple of years, I have had back pain sufficient to keep me from walking any distance. After initial success, the last few shots I received gave me no relief. My intern recommended seeing Dr. Garala. After hearing my history, he thought he could try something different. I am glad to report that I am able to walk now further than I have for months and I am extremely grateful.” – Neil A.

“Dr. Garala is very personable. He went straight to the point and didn’t waste time. He knows his stuff! The other staff were very efficient and helpful”

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