Black Diamond Physical Therapy is a physical therapy clinic here in Portland, Oregon that does things a little differently. We specialize in individuals interested in an active lifestyle. This could be anyone from professional athletes to someone simply wanting to play with their grandkids.
We value your time
Waiting room? What waiting room? We have a couple chairs near the entrance in case you get here super early or need to fill out some paperwork on your first visit (if you didn’t download those and fill them out at home already). Just come on in, we are expecting you. Plan on being here for no more than one hour. That means that if your appointment is scheduled for 1:30pm, expect that you will be on your way out the door no later than 2:30pm. Your time is important to us!
A personal approach
At Black Diamond PT you will work with the same physical therapist every visit for the entire visit. Not just any physical therapist, but a board certified clinical specialist. Research shows that the most important part of a rehabilitation program is the exercise component – not just doing it, but doing it right. We take that very seriously! All exercises are supervised directly by your therapist, one-on-one.
The home program
We also take your home program very seriously. You will get a handout with photographs taken here at our clinic by our therapists. No stick figures or generic drawings that “aren’t quite right”. Your handout will also have thorough descriptions of the exercises plus personal notes written by your therapist. Did you lose your instructions? No problem! We keep a scanned copy of everything that we give you and, with your permission, can easily email it to you.
Fewer overall visits
Research shows that patients get better overall results when they take charge of their own rehab and only come into the clinic for progress checks. It’s also cheaper too! That’s a good thing as our nation is looking for ways to keep healthcare costs down. Under our close supervision, we get you as independent as possible as fast as possible.
For example, we may have you come in a couple times the first week after a surgery to make sure that you are progressing as expected. If things are going a bit rough for you, we’ll keep a close eye on you. If you are progressing on schedule and doing well with your home program, we’ll have you continue on your own and then see you in a couple weeks. Have a question in the meantime? Call or email and expect a response the same day! No question is silly to us. Has something changed and you would like to come in sooner than scheduled? No problem! We can often get you in the same day.
Although we will see you for less overall visits, we will often see you for a longer duration. It is not uncommon for us to still be working with a patient 6 months out from surgery. For example, patients who undergo ACL reconstruction often need our help as they make the difficult transition back to sports. Although we may only be seeing you once a month, you aren’t done until you are independent on your own.
Focus on outcomes
Every aspect of your treatment plan will come back to one thing - results! All testing during progress checks is functional – including strength, power, coordination, and task-specific skills. Our clinic is involved in nationwide testing protocols which have been proven through research to correlate with return to function. We ensure that you are truly ready to return to your previous activities with minimal deficits.
Your goals are our goals
Is there something specific that you are trying to achieve? We can help! Each patient is completely involved in the goal setting process. We will do everything possible to help you achieve those goals no matter how big or how small. Every treatment session will focus on your goals, and take you one step closer. We understand exactly what it takes to get back to routine activities, as well as the highest level of sports.
Again, each visit will be one-on-one with an experienced, licensed physical therapist who is a board certified specialist. Every time. Period.