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Will you be shopping for new health insurance?

First off….Is shopping for health insurance even a thing? Like you shop for car insurance or home owners insurance?

How much of a choice do you get when choosing an insurance company?

Do you get to choose them based on patient reviews of how they pay for patients visits?

Do you get to choose them based on results?

Do you know what benefits your plan provides yet find that the insurance company will end up denying them?

These are just a few questions patients rarely get answers to when purchasing health insurance… and can only find out after it is too late- that patients are just paying premiums for nothing!

Physical therapy providers are starting to identify some very good reasons why involving your insurance may NOT be in your best interest! Nick Rinard Physical Therapy wants to save you money. Our pay-at-time-of-service rate eliminates billing uncertainties from insurance companies. We are making visits more affordable and getting better health outcomes for patients.

Call Nick Rinard Physical Therapy to get free of pain. Save time and money today.

Now is the time to call 503-244-6232 to schedule today.


Save your back while gardening.

After what seems like an eternity, it is finally time to prepare the garden and start seeds! 

Here are a few tips to keep you in the dirt all spring and summer long.

· Avoid prolonged bending.  Kneeling on a pad or bringing a stool outside will save your back and your knees.

· Clear your path, and get additional help before moving or lifting heavy pots or bags of soil.

· When lifting, be sure that you keep your back straight and lift from your legs.

· Be aware of your posture while gardening.  Many of us are prone to slouching, so take note and sit up straight.

· Call Nick Rinard Physical Therapy right away if you notice any back pain.

· Getting in sooner than later equals fewer visits and you are back to doing what you love.


Has the winter weather left you feeling sore?

Who else is thankful that the ice is gone?!

Unfortunately, the damage it left behind is still littering countless yards and parks.

Have you been working to clean up your yard? How is your back/neck/shoulder  feeling?

If your answers are anything less than “great!” call and schedule an appointment at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy today.


Give yourself the gift of having advantage over your symptoms!

With the holiday season starting, it is important to remember that to take care of others you must take care of yourself.

   The more you know, the better you can arrest the pain you experience.

Educating oneself is a great form of exercise.

Give yourself the knowledge to control, manage, prevent and understand your…..

1. Neck pain

2. Shoulder pain

3. Elbow pain

4. Wrist pain

5. Back pain

6. Hip pain

7. Knee pain

8. Ankle pain

9. Foot pain

Even if your symptoms are:

-Chronic in nature

-Resulted after surgery

– Postural related

-Work station associated

– Response to a car accident

– Triggered with repetitive use

– Pre/post pregnancy related

– Occurs during/after exercise

– Coupled with prolonged stress

– Undiagnosed by your physician

– Initiated from previous therapies

Empower yourself.

Prevent your pain before it occurs.

Get educated relief from your aches at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy.


Get educated on your pain today.

People on a beach jumping for joy - Nick Rinard Physical Therapy, Portland, Oregon

Dealing with pain on a daily basis is fatiguing and frustrating.

At Nick Rinard Physical Therapy, we empower our patients with individual, customized home exercise programs to help you gain control of your symptoms.

We believe in education, and prioritize teaching our patients how to become effective in their daily routines.  If you are tired of being a victim to your out of control symptoms, contact us! 503-244-6232 or have or doctor fax a referral to 503-244-7410

Our team is dedicated to helping you chart a course to better health.


LOW BACK PAIN—What you should do while waiting for your first physical therapy appointment…


Sitting Posture Important Low Back Pain

Sit as little as possible.  Standing or lying down are preferable to sitting when in acute low back pain.  If you must sit, sit only in a straight backed chair with good posture.  Avoid couches or soft chairs.  Use a towel roll to support the natural curve of your spine.


Do not bend forwards as in touching your toes when in acute low back pain—even if it feels like you are doing good by  “stretching” the muscles of the low back.  Rather than reaching down to get things, squat down using the legs and keep the back absolutely straight.


Try to lie more on your stomach rather than on your back.  Avoid the temptation to lie on your back with the head and knees propped up—this just rounds the back more and places inappropriate stress on injured structures.

Low Back Pain lie on your stomach not your back


You should stay normally active–in other words try not to stay in bed for long periods.  Move around, take walk if you can.  Do not do the knees to chest exercise you may have learned before.  This is an advanced exercise and usually not appropriate for acute conditions.  It is better in most cases to lie on your stomach and work towards supporting yourself on the elbows.


Physical therapy can be a short and sweet experience.

Back pain healed in 6 visits at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy

When you start feeling pain it’s REALLY best to schedule a visit right away.

Marge successfully completed physical therapy and is free of back pain in just 6 visits!

“Was having back issues. Wanted to stay active so came in as quickly as possible.”

As we always say, “Don’t deal with the pain, heal it… today!”



In an effort to better serve you, we are asking for your help. 

Please; give us a call 503-244-6232,

fax 503-244-7410 or

email with your feedback.


What constitutes a good physical therapy facility in your opinion?

a.  Fast, friendly staff

b.  Experienced therapists

c.  Physical Therapist who high success ratio with patients

d. Insurance coverage

e.  Convenient location for you

f.   Other (describe below)


Do you stay informed on who are the best Physical Therapists in your area?


Do you only go to P.T. facilities your doctor refers you to?


Do you get good results from the Physical Therapists you work with now?


Any other comments?




Nick Rinard Physical Therapy: When to use a modality and why.

Here at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy, our primary focus is on identifying the mechanical cause of pain and the exercises needed to correct it.

Nick Rinard Physical Therapy Ultrasound Machine, when to use a modality

What is ultrasound? How does it work? Let’s take a look!

Ultrasound waves are sent into the tissues using a handheld probe causing the tissues to vibrate. This vibration can have multiple benefits by breaking down scar tissue to aide in improving function and increasing local blood flow to reduce inflammation and pain. When tissues are inflamed, the cells have to work overtime. This extra work causes increased need for nutrition and increased production of cellular waste, but without an increase in the cells ability to process this waste. The ultrasound vibrations literally shake the waste material out of the cells, which helps them to work more efficiently.

Pretty cool, huh?! Any other science enthusiasts find this fascinating??