7800 SW Durham Rd | Ste 500 | Tigard, OR 97224
735 SW 158th Avenue | Ste 160 | Beaverton, OR 97006
2500 NW 229th Bld E | Ste 200 | Hillsboro, OR 97124


1. The KOR - One of Oregon's Top Workplaces!

2. FREE Bike Fit & Run Screen Clinic - October 24

3. KOR Basketball Movement Series:                       Keep Your Joints Mobile with These Simple yet Effective Exercises Before You Play

4. Crossfitters: Struggling Overhead?

5. The KOR Takes on Hood to Coast


1. The KOR - One of Oregon's Top Workplaces!

We were honored to be named to the Oregonian's Top Workplaces 2015! For the fourth consecutive year, the Oregonian annoymously surveyed employees regarding leadership, benefits, training and workplace satisfaction. Not only did we make the list, but we were the only Physical Therapy Clinic to do so.  We love what we do and we're glad it shows!

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2. FREE Bike Fit & Run Screen Clinic - October 24:

Want to run injury free?  Want to ride longer, faster and without pain?

The KOR is hosting a free screening clinic for cyclists and runners on Saturday, October 24th at The KOR Tigard. Have Jason Whittington assess you on your bike for proper alignment and fit.  

See Kathleen, Kirsten, Nick, Elicia or Jason B for testing with our self-designed Run screen to find out where your limitations are and if you're at risk for getting injured.

Appointments are limited!  Call The KOR at 503.937.0090 to reserve your spot!

The KOR Tigard
7800 SW Durham Rd, Ste 500
Tigard, OR 97224


3. KOR Basketball Movement Series: Keep Your Joints Mobile with These Simple yet Effective Exercises Before You Play

For the third and final month, we are continuing our basketball movement series. This is part of a series that The KOR's basketball specialists compiled with the trainers at Shoot 360 to incorporate into their athletes' skills sessions.  In July and August our newsletters highlighted simple yet effective exercises to target ankle and hip mobility. This month we are focusing on  keeping your spine mobile so that your other joints - think shoulders, pelvis, and hips - don't have to make up for a stiff spine. Limitations in your spine, whether in the neck, thoracic region, or low back, can not only lead to back pain, but can also increase your risk of a serious injury that requires time off the court to heal. 

Having the right amount of mobility and stability in your joints is especially important as a basketball player because it is such a three dimensional sport. Adequate spine motion will not only allow for proper running mechanics; it will enable you to perform a quick and powerful crossover step on offense and defense, deflect passes, and grab rebounds against your opponents. Realizing how important joint mobility is for injury prevention, we wanted to share some videos to help others improve spine flexibility prior to playing. Performing the exercises in the instructional videos below may reduce the risk of hip injuries, knee pain, and back pain that could limit one's ability to play to their full potential on the court. 

Photo Courtesy of David Williams on Flickr


If you have any questions or would like to receive an evaluation, please contact The KOR's physical therapists and basketball specialists at basketball@thekopt.com.

Kelley Lindstrom, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist & Basketball Specialist
KOR Beaverton


4. Crossfitters: Struggling Overhead?

Many routine Crossfit WODS and Olympic lifting programs involve overhead lifting, often an area of difficulty, plateaus or lingering injury. Overhead lifting requires technical ability across many joints involving appropriate mobility and stability beyond just the shoulder. 

There is a substantial difference between the demands of a military press vs. a hand-stand push-up, or even a jerk vs. the toss in a wall-ball. Each of the above movement demands efficiency, especially at high reps and in presence of fatigue. 

The shoulder is a "complex" rather than a joint, being three boney articulations maintained by 25+ muscles that generate extensive motion across a small space. Inherently, where there is great degree of motion there is high demand for stability. 

Overhead shoulder dysfunction is typically a result of two classifications: inherent instability or a mobility restriction. These are not always in isolation, and certainly not limited to the glenohumeral joint itself. 

Both of the above are a result of imbalance of force across the shoulder, and when assessing an overhead exercise, one must consider the relationship of the neck, trunk, and lower quarter to the resistance. 

Photo Courtesy of Greg Westfall on Flickr

Common contributions to overhead shoulder dysfunction:

  • Latissimus shortening
  • Poor rotator cuff muscle recruitment 
  • Increased pectoral and subscapularis muscle tone 
  • Poor scapular stability (serratus anterior, trapezius, rhomboids) 
  • Limited thoracic mobility  
  • Compromised cervical/neck position
  • Trunk/core weakness 

Consider the below:

Photo Courtesy of Daniel Gottlieb on Flickr 

Photo Courtesy of tiberiogonzalez on Flickr 

If we assess shoulder relationship to the trunk in the above photos, there is a notable difference in extension of the back & excursion of the head/chin. Scapular control & position of the thorax are integral, therefore allowing marginal room for error in order to prevent detrimental stress to the shoulder joint.

If you're a crossfitter, gym enthusiast, or olympic lifter struggling with overhead lifts with OR without pain, come into The KOR for a FREE consultation with one of our experts to achieve your potential!

Jeff South, PT, DPT, CSCS, USAW1
Physical Therapist
KOR Tigard


5. The KOR Takes on Hood to Coast:

The KOR Physical Therapists, with some family and friends, braved the stormy wind and rain and participated in this year's Hood to Coast relay.  Despite the weather, TeamKOR finished well before their predicted time. Most importantly, nobody got injured and they had a blast!

Training is different for every race.  Relays like this can be tough to train for.  How often should you run? How far? How do you prep for running multiple legs in one day?  Come into any of our KOR locations for a free consultation visit and training advice. 

Kathleen Hansen, PT, DPT
Assistant Clinical Director, Physical Therapist
KOR Tigard

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