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Nick Rinard Physical continues to make safety our #1 concern!

Winter is just around the corner and the coronavirus still lingers in our community. It is hard to remember that just last winter many of us were still waiting to get vaccinated, and now all of our employees are vaccinated and for those eligible, they have received their booster shot.

Our clinic has remained open and available because our team has always but still continue to follow all guidance recommended by the state.

All employees at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy continue to put the safety of our patients first!


As a reminder…


New patients and established patients will find every visit very valuable and should not delay care due to increases in Coronavirus cases.

We are here to diagnose, educate, offer tools, listen to concerns, and meet all safety needs to get patients through this difficult time.

Nick Rinard Physical Therapy loves treating patients and happy to keep not only our doors open but also our hands and hearts to get everyone the results you have come to know and trust for the last 20 years.







Let Nick Rinard Physical Therapy help make headaches a thing of the past.

“I was dealing with continuous neck pain which was bring on headaches.

The discomfort came to a point where I needed help with correcting the problem.

The right side of my neck was very sore, limiting full movement to the left.

Nick Rinard’s team helped me find easy and incredibly helpful stretches to correct my posture and alleviate the pain.

After 4 appointments I am able to rotate my head left and right without any tension of discomfort.

The neck pain and headaches are currently gone.Wahoo! Thank NRPT team!”



A resident’s perspective.

Hello! Melissa and Madeline here, and for those who we have not yet had the opportunity to meet, we are the two physical therapy residents working with Nick and Katie this summer.

We are from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where we are in our third and final year of the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program.

This has been the first of our three clinical internships, and we could not have been luckier in our first placement!

Working at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy this summer has been a great opportunity for the two of us to improve our clinical skills and grow as clinicians.

We are lucky to have two incredible mentors (Nick and Katie) to follow and learn from every day.

Nick and Katie have so much knowledge to share and go above and beyond in treating their patients.

Likewise, we are lucky to have such wonderful patients who allow us to work with and learn from them as well.

We look forward to the last couple of weeks we will be working at the clinic before heading back home to the Midwest to finish up the last of our schooling.

Both of us are very grateful for this experience! 

~Madeline & Melissa


Osteoporosis Facts

Osteoporosis is the leading cause of fractures resulting in billions of dollars being spent in the healthcare system. As a physical therapist, it is important to educate the public on information for reducing the risk of fracture, which is a frequent and possibly serious co-morbidity of osteoporosis. The public is subjected to multiple commercials advertising medications that can help fight osteoporosis.  What they may not know, is that simple exercise alone can improve your bone density, decrease your risk of fractures and doesn’t come attached to a list of adverse side effects.


  • Osteoporosis is a bone disease that leads to decreased mineral content and bone density, resulting in a weakening of the bone
  • The incidence of this disease has been shown to increase with older age
  • Worldwide, 50% of women over the age of 60 will have an osteoporotic fracture, an incidence rate that is larger than the combined incident rates of heart attack, stroke, and breast cancer.
  • One study from 1992 had a worldwide projection that osteoporotic fractures would affect one-third of all men during their lifetime by the year 2050.
  • Primary risk factors for osteoporotic fractures include low bone mineral density, deterioration of bone, older age, Caucasian race, female sex, lower body weight and AN INACTIVE LIFESTYLE.

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What can you do?

  • Exercise can decrease the risk of an osteoporosis related fracture by 50%
  • One study found that weight bearing exercise for 20 minutes a day can positively affect risk factors associated with osteoporotic fractures among elderly women.  The exercises for the intervention group included: jumping, dancing, walking, strengthening, and balance exercises.  The exercise group had increased leg strength as well as improvement in walking speed and endurance, as compared to the control group. In a long-term follow-up study, the same authors found that the above intervention decreased mortality in women with osteopenia (a precursor to Osteoporosis).
  • A bi-weekly exercise routine developed by your PT can increase your bone density.
  • Muscle contraction and mechanical loading deform bone and stimulate activity of osteoblasts, the cells which build bone. It is, therefore, not surprising that these interventions improve bone mineral density.

Want to learn more?


Are you still in pain from a car accident?

Nick Rinard Physical Therapy can help if you are in pain from a car accident. Regardless of how it happened, you do not have to live in pain… in fact you can feel good again. Take Ethan’s experience from the clinic known for getting results as an example.

“-Car accident .I could not:

-Bend over

-Neck pain was horrible

-Barely could move

I’m now better than before the car accident.”




Prevent injuries before they occur!

We at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy have noticed over the last few years that our patients are generally being monitored less and less by a regular family physician.  More of you are opting to go to urgent care for medical needs, or, when you attend your family doctor, maybe a care extender sees you instead of the person who has known you for years.  This has resulted in medical issues getting missed and appearing in physical therapy where they don’t belong. 

We developed a PHI (physical health inventory) to screen the health of our patients and see if we can detect anything in time to prevent poor health outcomes.

 It has been met with success for those who have tried it.  Think about the following items.  Are you interested?

When was the last time your overall health was screened? 

Did you know that heart rate and grip strength can predict underlying conditions?

It’s important to assess your physical health every 6 months…

You can schedule your PHI (physical health inventory) today!

We have created this just for you!

It’s FREE! Please take advantage of it.

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


Are you experiencing thumb pain?

Let Natasha Rinard OT get you results today!

“My thumb joint was very painful to use is why I currently see Natasha.

She is an expert at making a custom fitting splint and teaching why the joint is painful.

She takes incremental steps to pace progress in a a direction resulting in less pain and finally to dismissal.

The skills Natasha taught me will apply to other joints and gives me a lasting remedy to use in order to stay pain free.

The office atmosphere is light hearted and friendly so I look forward to my visits. I can’t always comply with the program set out for me while at work but Natasha is ready with alternatives and encouragement.

I always feel confident I will recover from my injury or pain after the care I receive from the staff at Nick Rinard’s physical therapy.”



Stay up to date with the MDT method practiced at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy. You can find exceptional reads at the McKenzie Institute.

Puts Athletes on the Fast Track

Sports injuries are the worst. Especially for those who live for the weekend to get out on the field, on the court, or to their recreational sport of choice, and then BAM! An injury hits. The last thing you want to do is stop. You want fast answers, and most people will be frustrated if they can’t address the real issue. Josh Kidd understands that.

Thankfully, he uses a unique assessment process that can efficiently identify the root cause and prescribes the right movement to get athletes back to what they love faster, something he attributes to the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®.

“In most cases, there’s really not a clear cause to the injury,” says Kidd, PT, DPT, OCS, Dip. MDT, CSCS, FAAOMPT. “Many times, patients just say I had this gradual ache that started to develop, and it’s just gotten worse over time or it just happened for no apparent reason.”

This is especially true of recreational athletes and weekend warriors.

“A lot of people just don’t have time to be active or train during the week for various reasons so they go from being sedentary to pushing themselves hard, over a few hours during the week, or for two days over the weekend without thinking about training load or the demands on their body in a short time frame,” Kidd says.

When patients develop these issues, many start their care with their doctors, who often suggest rest as they presume these problems are due to overuse.

“In many cases, rest can be the worst advice you can give a patient,” Kidd says. “More often than not, the problem is not due to an overuse issue – it’s actually due to a mechanical issue in the joint. When this is the case, they respond rapidly and improve much quicker than with what was traditional prescription. It’s really the MDT system that allows them to do that.”

The MDT system begins with a thorough mechanical evaluation to establish a “cause-and-effect” relationship between historical pain behavior as well as the response to repeated test movements, positions, and activities.

A systematic progression of applied mechanical forces utilizes pain responses and mechanical responses to classify the disorder. Clinicians then develop a specific plan of care based on those examination results that empowers patients to treat themselves when possible.

In a recent study1 Kidd was a primary researcher on, they recruited 350 patients complaining of isolated joint pain (i.e. anterior knee pain, heel pain, isolated shoulder pain, etc.). The patient’s spine and extremity joints were screened with MDT principles and 43.5 percent had a problem originating in the spine. So that’s where Kidd tends to start his evaluation and treatment with his active patients.

“What’s the biggest problem when somebody goes to a doctor? The patient is usually told one of two things: if it hurts, don’t do it; or no pain, no gain,” he says. “These mixed messages usually leave the patient’s confused.

“Our system really allows us to give the patient which advice is most appropriate for their specific condition,” he explains.

“Patients start to see the change in the clinic,” Kidd says. “Roughly 70 percent of patients I see have a rapidly changing condition and if we find the right movement for them, they get better very quickly.

“We give them the tools to do it, so they get that empowerment,” he says. “It’s really all about active-based care. Instead of shutting them down, oftentimes they’re back to their activity within a couple days.”

Schooled in many different types of physical therapy, Kidd leans most on the McKenzie Method.

“It really is a comprehensive system where I can perform an assessment that will identify what a patient needs and then giving them those specific, individualized interventions,” Kidd says. “They not only manage their immediate problem – they are better-educated to prevent future injury and make the most out of the weekend sport!”

Rosedale R, Rastogi R, Kidd J, Lynch G, Supp G, Robbins S. A study exploring the prevalence of Extremity Pain of Spinal Source (EXPOSS). J Man Manip Ther. 2019.