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!
What We Treat
At SportsCare Physical Therapy, we treat a wide range of issues affecting bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Our physical therapists help patients recover from motor vehicle accidents, work and sports injuries, surgical procedures, and return to full function.
SportsCare offers customized physical treatment programs to help our patients achieve their rehabilitation goals. Our physical therapists receive advanced education, ongoing training and hands-on experience to provide optimal patient care. Patients are supported as they overcome specific ailments, recover from injuries, return to competitive sports or meet their performance targets.
SportsCare Physical Therapy stays up to date with all advancements in rehabilitation therapy. We deliver gold-standard patient care by using innovative techniques, cutting edge technology, and customized treatment plans to meet our patient’s unique needs.
SportsCare Physical Therapy has conveniently located clinics across the greater Portland Metropolitan area. Our modern facilities are inviting and have large parking lots with dedicated handi-cap spaces. SportsCare offers flexible appointment times, extended office hours, and short wait times.
About SportsCare Our History
SportsCare Physical Therapy was established in Portland, Oregon by Clem Eischen, a young physical therapist with ambitious vision and unparalleled drive. When SportsCare first opened in 1963, it was one of only two physical therapy clinics in East Multnomah County.
Clem’s objective was to provide cutting edge outpatient physical therapy. This wasn’t always possible though, as at the time, private practice therapists faced restrictions on who they were allowed to treat. Insurances like Medicare controlled patient direction and limited where patients could receive care.
Clem was determined to change this ruling and began advocating on behalf of these patients. After fighting many years at the legislative level, Clem won the battle. Private practice Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists were given the ability to treat individuals with Medicare. This allowed these patients access to the quality care SportsCare had become known for.
Clem was the first of a three-generation physical therapy family. His son, George Eischen PT, also became a physical therapist. George has worked for Gresham SportsCare since 1985 and took over as Clinic Director 1995. In 2016, Kevin Eischen PT, DPT (son of George and grandson of Clem) joined SportsCare as a physical therapist. He now shares the title of Co-Director of Gresham SportsCare with his father George.
Because you are unique, there is no cookie cutter approach to your care. Our treatment approach is simple: one-on-one focused rehabilitation between you and your physical therapist. Your physical therapist will create a treatment plan based on the most current, evidence-based research and tailor it to your specific needs.
Our greatest reward is seeing each patient achieve their treatment goals, restore full function, and achieve a quality of life that is only possible when you are feeling your best. We don’t just reach our goals and send you out the door. We also offer advanced training and education to ensure that you are stronger and more confident than ever before.
SportsCare has a longstanding, trusted working relationship with many local surgeons and healthcare providers throughout the greater Portland area. We believe communication is a key factor in achieving successful treatment outcomes. Our team-based approach means working closely with your healthcare providers to ensure you are always at the center of your treatment plan.
Partners with Armworks Better Together
SportsCare Physical Therapy and Armworks Hand Therapy work together to provide the best rehabilitation possible. Armworks exclusively treats injuries and conditions of the elbow, wrist, and hand. SportsCare offers comprehensive orthopedic physical therapy, treating everything else from head to toe. SportsCare and Armworks are 100% locally owned and operated private practices that value giving patients one-on-one attention and customized programs for successful outcomes.
SportsCare and Armworks share the same priority…THE PATIENT! We partner with each individual to achieve the ultimate outcome…return to work, sports, and everyday activities as soon as it is safely possible. Our skilled therapists are driven to help our patients succeed, while making rehabilitation a fun and rewarding process!
SportsCare Physical Therapy FAQs
Physical Therapists (PT/DPT) are health care professionals in the field of injury care and prevention. Through professional evaluation, diagnosis and innovative treatment techniques, physical therapists can optimize the healing and recovery of your muscle, joint and neurological disorders.
Your first appointment will consist of a physical evaluation, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your treatment goals. If your symptoms allow, your physical therapist will assess your swelling, flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, posture. They will then evaluate your performance during various body mechanic exercises and functional activities.
Your physical therapist will create a customized treatment plan and closely manage it during your following visits. Initially, treatment follows a structured plan: reduce pain and swelling, restore or improve flexibility, then increase strength and endurance. Once these goals are accomplished, additional exercises and activities will be added that mimic your everyday tasks or chores. Your progress will be examined throughout your treatment dates to ensure improvements are being made. Once the treatment goals are met and the referring physician is confident in your results (if applicable), the patient will be given proper education for continued success and discharged from therapy.
If you are in need of physical therapy, simply call one of our SportsCare locations or request an appointment online to schedule an evaluation. If applicable, your physical therapist and referring medical provider will agree on a frequency and duration for treatment. Our front desk will schedule you to meet those requirements. We will do everything we can to accommodate your requests for appointment days and times. Please inform us of any scheduling restrictions and we will do our best to work around them.
Appointments typically last 45 minutes. Your therapist will do everything in their power to get you out on time, but please expect to be here a couple minutes past the scheduled end time.
Please bring photo identification, your insurance card or claim number, a copy of the written referral from your doctor (if applicable), and a list of any medications you are currently taking. Please arrive 15 minutes early to your first appointment in order to fill out the necessary paperwork, if you have not already done so at home by printing them off our website. Also, if you are currently wearing a brace, please wear or bring it to your first appointment. Other than those small details, bring a good attitude and a willingness to get better!
Appropriate exercise clothing is highly recommended. Please refrain from wearing skirts/dresses, restrictive clothing and heels or sandals. If you have a shoulder injury, consider wearing a loose sleeve top so the therapist can access the injury site. Likewise, if you have a lower extremity injury, consider wearing shorts or loose sweats so the therapist can access the injury site. If you are currently wearing a brace, please wear or bring it to your appointment.
After the initial evaluation, your physical therapist will contact the referring physician to discuss a treatment plan (if applicable). The therapist will suggest a treatment duration and frequency, while considering insurance plan coverage, which your referring medical provider will either sign off on or adjust. Once an agreement has been made between the physical therapist and doctor, SportsCare will contact the patient to schedule the recommended appointments. Initially, patients generally attend therapy about two times every week. As the patient advances through treatment and shows steady improvements, office visits will likely be fewer and farther between, typically once every week or other week. During this time, patients will continue self-treatment using a prescribed individual at home exercise program. Once the treatment goals have been met, the therapist and doctor will agree to discharge the patient from therapy.
All of our physical therapists have completed the necessary didactic and clinical education, as well as the required certification examinations, to be licensed and practice physical therapy in the state of Oregon. Our physical therapists hold a minimum degree of a Masters of Physical Therapy, with most of them earning a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, the standard for new graduates in the industry. Every year, physical therapists must increase their level of education by attending continuing education classes.
Most insurance agencies pay for a portion, if not all, of physical therapy services redeemed. If you are unsure of your benefits, SportsCare will gladly assist you in understanding your benefit coverage.
In most cases, no. If you will be using your private health insurance plan or paying directly, you are not required to see your doctor or medical provider before you begin physical therapy. Patients being seen for work injuries, car accidents, or those with Medicare or Medicaid insurance plans do require a referral before starting therapy. If this applies to you but you are not sure where to go, we are happy to recommend a trusted medical provider within our community.