Clinical Conversations

Don’t be fooled by our competitors….

Nick Rinard Physical Therapy looked at “McKenzie physical therapy Portland” to see which clinics advertised using this credentialed method. We noticed a trend of clinics advertising use of the method but none of their physical therapists were actually certified in MDT. Nick Rinard Physical Therapy is certified in the methodology, has been for the last 19 years and always will be update in the MDT community! Make sure you are getting this scientific, up to date, physical therapy treatment by scheduling your visit at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy.


McK Institute and MDT followers at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy agree that movement is medicine! For chronic back conditions, movement is medicine? “Total physical activity is inversely…

Posted by McKenzie Institute International on Sunday, January 13, 2019


How do you turn your goals into a reality?

By now many of us have made our resolutions and set our goals for 2019.

How likely are you to succeed at your endeavor?

Check out this article and see if there are helpful tips that may make you more successful in your self-actualization:

Margo Burette DPT


Nick Rinard agrees with the McKenzie Institute USA about benefits from resistance training in older adults.

“… a study by researchers at the University of Dublin has shown so conclusively how much older people benefit from…

Posted by McKenzie Institute USA on Friday, January 4, 2019


Hurt does not always equal harm at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy when using the MDT method.

“… the key point here is that hurt does not (always) equal harm and musculoskeletal pain can be decreased by doing…

Posted by McKenzie Institute USA on Wednesday, January 9, 2019


Happy Holidays! A Nick Rinard Physical Therapy success story.

I’d like to share the success story of one our patients.  Let’s call her Cindy Lou like the precious little Who from Whoville in Dr. Seuss’ storybook How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  Cindy Lou had a total knee replacement surgery 4.5 months ago. She came in to our clinic in August barely able to walk using a walker.  Today, she is not only walking well, she is dancing with her Jazzercise group!

Cindy Lou was very successful with physical therapy due to her diligence with her home exercise program.  She had to work through some very intense pain to recover her full flexion and extension range of motion.  Her perseverance with daily, diligent stretches has finally restored her full range of motion.

One challenge that Cindy Lou faced was managing swelling (edema) post-operative.  Let me mention here some things that made a positive difference for her: 1) Ice and elevation (20’ multiple times a day in the first 4-6 weeks after surgery), 2) TED compression hose, 3) Retrograde massage (gentle pressure sweeping upward from the base of the knee to the thigh to encourage lymphatic return) and 4) Staying moving!  Too much time in a sedentary position with her leg in the dependent position would increase her swelling, which then created more stiffness and pain.

Congratulations, Cindy Lou!  We are proud of your perseverance through your post-operative process and happy to have been on your team to guide your recovery.


Margo Burette DPT


Nick Rinard Physical Therapy and McKenzie Institute USA explore sources of neck pain

'Cervical Discs as a Source of Neck Pain. An Analysis of the Evidence'. A very interesting review: “Basic science…

Posted by McKenzie Institute USA on Monday, December 17, 2018


Neck pain, don’t wait, get in as soon as it happens at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy

Check out this awesome article from PT in Motion. This article shows how the benefit of getting early rather than delayed physical therapy treatment for your neck pain can help you save time and money!


Does your neck pain have you acting like the Grinch lately? Let’s get you back to feeling merry and bright! Remember we offer free screenings, where you will be evaluated by a physical therapist to determine whether your neck complaint is treatable using mechanical diagnosis and therapy.

Margo Burette DPT