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We have SAFELY reopened and are here for you!


 “Thank you” to all of our patients who were able and continued to continue care and stay in contact with Nick Rinard PT since Oregon’s “stay at home” order on March 23.  Nick Rinard took the proactive decision to stop in-person visits on March 13 to protect the health and safety of everyone in the community. 

New patients and established patients found our telehealth visits very valuable as we were able to continue to diagnose, educate and offer the tools they needed to get through this difficult time.  It was a challenging, but really fun experience to connect with patients on telehealth, and also to get you feeling better and in less pain! 

Since the easing of stay at home orders on May 1st Nick Rinard Physical Therapy was able to re-open our SW Capitol clinic doors as of May 4th  (Monday through Friday 8am-6pm).

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


Are you not getting your steps in?

Are you not meeting your step goal because it is painful to walk?

Get back to your full potential with our help.

“My right knee was unable to bend or straighten fully and it was painful to walk.

Now I can fully bend and straighten my knee and walk on flat surfaces and up and down stairs without pain.”



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You may just inspire someone with a similar condition to get out of pain today!

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Get the truth at Nick Rinard Physical Therapy.

Nick Rinard Physical Therapy will give you an honest assessment everytime! We will not keep you coming if we don’t think physical therapy is right for your condition.

“I was referrerd by Dr. Okamoto to pursue options better to address my condition. I knew from the initial visit that a positive outcome may not be possible and Nick expressed his approach to be as proactive as possible.

Overall, I have benefited from the exercises prescribed throughout my visits.

Nick’s oversight and honest assessments throughout my treatments have been very helpful and appreciated.

Thank you all,”



Who do you know?

Do you have friends and family complaining of aches and pains?

Send them to Nick Rinard Physical Therapy!

We are here to help!

Send folks to us for a Free Screen or full evaluation.

They will thank you for helping them find relief, and we will thank you for letting us help them be free of pain in just 6-8 visits!


Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a time to show those you care about how much they mean to you. 

But if you’re in pain, it may take more than a box of chocolate to make you feel good.

Call Nick Rinard Physical Therapy and let us give you the tools to manage your pain and get back to enjoying the things you love in life!

Call 503-244-6232 today!


Ice: The over used modality

‘R.I.C.E.’ Coined in 1978

‘R.I.C.E.’ (rest, ice, compression, elevation) was coined in 1978 by Dr. Gabe Mirkin. Since then, ice has been the standard treatment for injuries and sore muscles. The RICE guidelines have been used for decades, but it now appears that ice and rest may delay healing.

Scientific Articles Don’t Support Ice for Healing

Image of Ice glistening as it melts.

A study from The American Journal of Sports Medicine, June 2013 asked athletes to exercise intensely enough to develop muscle damage that caused extensive muscle soreness. It was found that icing delayed swelling, but did not quicken the healing process.  A summary of 22 scientific articles found little to no evidence supporting that ice and compression facilitate healing over compression alone.


Inflammation is required for healing. Inflammation is a part of our immune system and is essential in the healing process. Inflammatory cells migrate to the injured tissue to start the healing process. Macrophages (inflammatory cells) release a hormone into injured tissues, which helps muscles and other injured tissues heal.  Applying ice to reduce swelling can delay healing by preventing the body from releasing this hormone.

Icing can also prevent healing cells from entering the injured tissues by constricting blood-flow.  It can take hours for the blood vessels to return to their size. Icing can also decrease strength, speed, endurance and coordination.

General Tips for Using Ice

If you’re going to ice, only apply ice for 10-15 minutes at a time.  Utilize ice for the first day of injury.  Seek medical attention from a mechanical physical therapist if the pain is severe or you cannot actively move a body part.