Who We Are
Portland Physical therapists who get it.
Research shows that professionally prescribed exercise therapy can help treat and prevent pain associated with low back pain, osteoarthritis, shoulder/hip/knee pain, fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions1-32.
Perhaps it’s due to stronger and more flexible muscles. Maybe it’s from losing fat while improving endurance and coordination, or a psychological boost from being self-empowered from some of the best physical therapists in the business. Whatever the reasons, our patients learn to self-manage symptoms while losing an average of 13 pounds and have their insurance cover the cost. How many physical therapy clinics can say that?
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30Gerritsen AA, de Krom MC, Struijs MA et al. Conservative treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. J Neurol 2002; 249: 272-80.
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