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NPR: Covid 19 update as winter and holiday activity set in.

Nick Rinard Physical Therapy employees will continue to follow personal health emergency guidelines out side of clinic hours.

Please stay up to date with the risks associated with indoor gatherings. Stay safe. Protect yourself for that of your family and friends.

We are here for you!

As U.S. reaches 250,000 deaths from COVID-19, a long winter is coming
Medical advances have reduced the infection fatality rate in the U.S. But experts warn that indoor gatherings, cold temperatures and pandemic fatigue augur dark months ahead.

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Please continue to wear your masks to protect not only yourself but for the health of the community.

Nick Rinard Physical Therapists and entire staff are very mindful of practicing social distancing and CDC guidelines since becoming aware of Covid-19 and its ability to spread since March.

We continue to wear masks to protect ourselves, our patients and the health of the community.

Wear masks to protect yourself from the coronavirus, not only others, CDC stresses
The public health agency had previously emphasized that masks protect other people from viruses you might expel. The new advice gives a less altruistic reason to wear face coverings.

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Just a few tips to remember as the weather gets cold during a pandemic.

As cold weather arrives, do you notice more people sniffling and sneezing? Let’s look at a common health myth that is appropriate for our fall season: The common cold is caused by being cold. Your mom may have told you, “Put on a sweater or you will catch your death of a cold!” Most folks now realize that the cold is caught from a virus, not from ambient temperature.  The cold viruses, or rhinoviruses, are passed through physical contact or proximity to infected people.  Infected people can share their germs through coughing and sneezing.

So, science disproves that old myth that temperature creates illness.  Those miserable sore throats, runny noses, and headaches are caused by the viruses themselves.

Mom may not have been entirely off base with her association, though! Cold viruses enter the human body through the nose.  This is where our snot comes to the rescue, bundling up the viruses into an easily swallowed package that can be dropped into the caustic cauldron of the stomach where acid quickly degrades it.  However, when we breathe cold air through our noses, the cooler temperature slows down the movement of the mucus.  Since the snot cannot race to your rescue, the virus is more likely to enter the body through the mucus membranes and make you sick.

Also, cold viruses cannot survive high temperatures.  Cold weather is the preferred climate for rhinoviruses, and they can flourish in autumn temperatures for a longer time.  This improved survival rate increases the probability that a cold virus will be successfully passed from individual to individual.

So this myth is partially true – cold weather can increased your susceptibility to catching a cold from a virus by impairing your natural mucus defenses and boosting the survival rate of the virus.

Margo Burette, PT, DPT


Google 5 Star Review

Thank you Randy for your Nick Rinard Physical Therapy experience with the world!

“I lost 90% of the strength in my right thumb. I saw my primary care doctor took some X-rays of my neck where there was significant degradation to my C3/C4 which would explain the loss of strength and increasing pain that I was feeling most likely due to a pinched nerve. We started with an anti-inflammatory medication that eased the pain and restored a little bit of strength and motion but it was temporary and the meds are very harsh and not a long term option. Next step would have been spinal surgery which in my mind wasn’t an option. Decided to visit Nick again. My first time seeing him he helped me back to strength after a medial meniscus hook tear surgery to my right knee. I wanted to see if he could help resolve the problem using PT and not drugs or surgery. I saw him for about 2 months about once per week. Today, yes more than 1 year later I have about 90% of my strength back and 100% of motion back. It took more than 1 year but I now have the tools and the habits to manage it. No surgery, no drugs. Just paying attention to how I sleep with proper neck support, how I sit when working at the computer and exercises that I can do while working to keep improving. Nick gave me the tools and methods to make this happen. Highly Highly recommended. Helped me out twice now.” Randy 09-29-30


Get the correct diagnosis at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy

Nick Rinard Physical Therapy gets results because our therapists are trained to get patients the correct diagnosis, every time.

Many times patients do not get better because they have been misinformed about where the pain is actually coming from.


This is what a patient had to say about how she got results from physical therapy from a Nick Rinard physical therapist.

“I had on going hamstring and glut pain that I’d been dealing with for more than 5 yrs. I was referred by a friend & had immediate results along with a new diagnosis. I am now able to address the pain on my own & understand the issue, as well as correct it.”



Continued clinic closure due to hazardous air quality.

Dear Patients, Friends, Family,

We are thankful for the fire fighters abilities to contain the fires in our area and decrease areas that were under evacuation alerts.

However, due to the continued hazardous air quality within our local area, NRPT has decided that in the best interest of the health and safety for our patients and staff, our clinic will be closed again today Monday September 14th in-person patient services.

Your patient representative Erick will be in today answering and checking phones and looks forward to returning messages as soon as possible. So, please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.

Please stay home if you are able. We are here for you,

Entire staff at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy



Local Evacuations Alert, Air Quality in Portland and Neighboring Communities: Clinic Response

Dear Patients, Friends, Family,

Due to the emergency evacuation alerts and hazardous air quality within our local area, in the best interest of the health and safety for our patients and staff, our clinic will be closed Friday September 11 2020 after 10 am for in-person patient services.

We will still be checking our phone and look forward to returning messages as soon as possible. So, please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.

We hope that everyone is able to stay safe and out of harms way.

We are here for you,Entire staff at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy


Get RESULTS from PT Today!

With high deductibles and out of pocket costs, it is getting increasingly difficult for patients to get treatment they need.

We understand that YOU don’t have the time or money for ineffective therapies!

Nick Rinard Physical Therapy’s MDT-focused treatment allows you to get results within just 3-4 visits. 

We promise to discharge you and refer to the right place for further evaluation if there is not significant improvement after 4 visits.

On average, Nick Rinard PT patients are better and independent in just 6-8 visits.

There’s no need use all you annual insurance-allowed PT visits when you are not getting results, especially since every visit costs YOU time and money.

You could be feeling better in just 2 weeks!

Call 503-244-6232 and/or fax 503-244-7410

Schedule your appointment today.


Call 503-244-6232: Stop living in pain today!

Have you been shocked by what your insurance covers?

As providers we have watched health insurance plans go from zero to affordable deductibles to HIGH deductibles that apply for ancillary services, including PT just within the last few years. 

Many of our patients are unaware of that fact and sound genuinely surprised when we verify insurance benefits. 

Since you may now face a high deductible at any PT clinic you attend, it makes sense for you to go where you will get the best results!

Our results have been measured, and one visit at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy is worth two visits at the average Portland area PT clinic.

Nick Rinard patients report 92.5% over-all improvement (versus 73.43% Portland area), in only 6.5 visits (versus 11.16 visits Portland area).