The Role of a Physical Therapist Assistant

Kylie Crawford, PTA – Gresham SportsCare PT A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) works under the supervision and within the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist (PT). They assist in treatment of those with health-related issues to improve functional and daily activities. Physical Therapist Assistants can work in a variety of settings from hospitals…

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Shock Wave Therapy: A Powerful Tool Against Common Musculoskeletal Ailments

 Background / About: In the world of Physical Therapy there are many simple tools and fancy machines, but few bring the evidence Shock Wave Therapy has produced in recent years. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic tendon irritation in the form of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee), hip bursitis and calcific tendonitis,…

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Arthritis: You Do Not Have to Live with Pain

At SportsCare Physical Therapy in Northeast Portland, we often hear patients tell us “well the doctor says I have arthritis, so I guess I’ll have to live with the pain.” We have treated many of those patients, and the majority have been pleasantly surprised with the results of decreased pain and increased function. One of…

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Creating Healthy Habits

Pushed the snooze button again, didn’t you? Changing health habits is tough. It’s so easy to tell yourself “one more day won’t hurt, I’ll just start tomorrow.” Well, tomorrow becomes next week and next week becomes three months. Ten pounds later you have gained the five pounds you intended to lose. Aaahhhh now what? Relax,…

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Technology Neck – Is it Effecting You?

As we race deeper into the 21st century, we shift further and further away from traditional industry to an economy based on technology. This Digital Age has put a mobile device in the hands of most adults and older children in the United States, allowing them instant access to nearly all information wherever they are….

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Stretching Improves Shoulder Internal Rotation Range of Motion Deficits in Pitchers

Baseball pitchers have an increased susceptibility to shoulder injury because of increased overloading of the tissues that stabilize the shoulder. Past research has shown that pitchers’ shoulders commonly exhibit greater than normal external rotation (ER) range of motion (ROM) with accompanying loss of internal rotation (IR) ROM. This change in the arc of ROM at…

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Northeast Portland SportsCare Physical Therapy

SportsCare Physical Therapy – NE Portland began in 1999 in order to serve the Gateway, Parkrose, and East Portland communities. Since we opened our doors, we have strived to provide the highest quality care to our patients, taking the necessary time required to perform thorough evaluations and develop effective treatment plans to help our patients…

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Get to Know Your Physical Therapists

George Eischen, PT – Director of Gresham SportsCare Physical Therapy George is a native Oregonian who attended Reynolds High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University. He graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 1985 with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. George has worked for Gresham SportsCare since 1985…

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Pain – How Much is Good, Bad, Normal?

Pain, ache, throbbing, sharp, stabbing and burning… All words to describe the pain we feel after injury, surgery, during or after strenuous exercise and often during physical therapy rehabilitation. How do we know what pain is significant and what pain will go away? That is a hard question to answer. What I will address today…

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Prehabilitation – What You Need To Know

The advantages of completing post-surgical physical therapy have been established for years, but what about pre-surgical therapy? “Prehab” or therapy completed prior to surgery is a growing trend that allows patients shorter, more successful recovery periods after the surgery is completed. Prehabilitation initially gained popularity with orthopedists completing total joint replacements. They recognized the importance…

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