SportsCare Physical Therapy was established by Clem Eischen, a young man with an ambitious vision and unparalleled drive. When the clinic doors first opened in 1963, SportsCare was one of only two clinics in East Multnomah County.
Providing quality care to all individuals was Clem’s objective. This was not possible though, due to the inability to reach everyone in need. At this time, Clem, like many other therapists around the nation, were facing restrictions as to whom they could treat as a private practice clinic. Insurances such as Medicare controlled patient direction, providing strict limitations within their guidelines, which limited Clem’s patient population. After fighting many years at the legislative level, Clem won the battle for himself and all he represented, enabling private practice Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapist the ability to treat and bill individuals with Medicare. This opened the door for patients to receive access to the quality treatment given at SportsCare.
What started as a small operation in 1963 has expanded over the years, to say the least. SportsCare now employs nearly 50 individuals at four greater Portland locations. With business in the good hands of Clem’s son and current co-owner, George Eischen PT, SportsCare continues to flourish, recently celebrating 53 years of business in March of 2016.
Outreach and Outsource
Recognizing the need for injury prevention and treatment at the youth level, SportsCare reached out to the local high schools in 2002. As advocates for the athletic training profession, SportsCare directors created an afterschool program that placed an athletic trainer at local schools for student-athletes in need. Today, SportsCare has a partnership with Gresham HS, Barlow HS, Centennial HS, Reynolds HS, Sandy HS, Rex Putnam HS, Clackamas HS and Corbett HS.
In 2006, SportsCare partnered with Armworks Hand Therapy. This venture aimed to provide patients with more comprehensive treatments, as Armworks specializes in care of injuries in the realm of the elbow, wrist and hand. Armworks now treats patients at most SportsCare clinic locations.
Enough Is Never Enough!
Physical Therapy is not just physical therapy anymore. At SportsCare, we try to stay ahead of the curve, advancing in knowledge and techniques daily in order to provide our patients with the best recovery therapy possible… and then some! We don’t just reach our goals and send you out the door, we offer advanced training and education to ensure that you are stronger and more confident than ever before.
SportsCare was established with the philosophy of returning our patients to work, sports, and everyday activities as soon as safely possible, using innovative techniques and providing the utmost care available. We strive to make rehabilitation a fun and rewarding process.