Jake Gelrod - Therapeutic Associates East Portland Physical Therapy

Jake Gelrod, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Jake graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology in 2014 before going on to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 2019. Having been awarded the Service Award Scholarship at Des Moines University, Jake is passionate about community service and has spent time volunteering with organizations such as the Y and other youth programs.

Jake’s first introduction to Therapeutic Associates was during his first clinical internship in 2017, where he gained invaluable experience working with patients of all ages and various conditions. Jake’s clinical interests include manual therapy, sports injury rehabilitation, and chronic pain. He is excited to further his education through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy and pursue his Orthopedic Certified Specialist certification to help his patients optimize their movement and function.

Jake grew up in Eugene (Go Ducks!) and after spending time in the Midwest he is thrilled to be back in the Pacific Northwest. Jake enjoys exploring Oregon, eating at new places, playing his guitar, and a good cup of coffee.

Blog Posts written by Jake Gelrod

How long should I use ice packs after breaking ankle?

After an injury, ice can be helpful for the first week during the inflammation phase to help with pain and swelling. Icing can continue beyond the first week as needed to help with pain management. It’s not clear that icing beyond the first week or so after an injury will have a significant impact with swelling.

Closeup woman holding her wrist pain from using computer.
Can Physical Therapy help with mild tendonitis in wrist?

I have had mild tendonitis in my right wrist for almost a year now, and been out of work for 6 months of that. However, the rate of healing has been slow. I have discussed it with a local doctor and orthopedist and they both have sort of shrugged and said that all I can do is wait, with no indication of a prognosis. It has seriously damaged my quality of life and I do worry about overworking it.

Pain in my shoulders that has lasted over a year

Shoulder pain is a common occurrence that we as Physical Therapists see a lot of. The shoulder is a unique joint that has many different structures that contribute to both movement and potentially pain. Sometimes shoulder pain will decrease with rest, other times it may require targeted rehabilitation to get it to heal and/or function properly.

Tightness in the iliotibial band

When muscles cause a sensation of popping usually it is because there is increased tension in the tendon as it moves over bony bumps near its attachment point. It is important to make sure that when trying to stretch a muscle to hold a static stretch without bouncing for 30-60 seconds to allow the muscle enough time to change length.

Exercises for a pinched nerve

When rehabbing nerve related issues it’s common practice to avoid aggravating motions as the initial goal is to get the angry nerve(s) to calm down. Performing overhead exercises can be irritating to an already angry nerve as they are demanding tasks for the spine and shoulders.

Can physical therapy help hammertoes and bunions?

There are several different toe conditions such as hammer toe, mallet toe, claw toe, and bunion formation, that can occur due to muscle imbalances, and for most of these conditions stretching of tight muscles and tendons is often a part of the rehabilitation process. Patients with toe conditions commonly have tight calf muscles and accordingly a calf stretch, performed for 30 to 60 seconds several times a day, is often a part of the stretching regimen.