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

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Knee pain is keeping me from exercise

I had a knee problem about 5 years ago. MRI showed nothing wrong, but I couldn't walk comfortably for fear I'd fall. I saw a PT who was kind but gave me boring exercises I did but didn't help clear the problem and another PT who just massaged the upper leg. I ended up "waiting it out" so to speak as it eventually just got better.

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Why do I have shoulder pain after doing push-ups?

I recently started working out more frequently, doing 3-5 hour long yoga sessions every week and trying to build arm strength by doing 30 push ups (with my knees down) every day. A few days ago, I noticed a sometimes-dull sometimes-sharp ache in my right shoulder when I'm going about my day - whether sitting on my computer during work, or making dinner, or even reading.

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I'm experiencing pain while weight training after a six month hiatus

I’m beginning a weight training program after a long hiatus (6 months) from any kind of training. When I did my first lower body day, I had to stop after my first set of body weight walking lunges because of sharp pain in my glutes and the tops of my hamstrings. This was the 4th exercise of my workout and I warmed up and stretched beforehand.

Can you help with treating chronic pain in the deep tissue muscle?

My mother has had chronic pain in the deep tissue muscle and/or bone on her right hip joint/buttocks muscle. I was thinking about purchasing a percussive theragun to loosen the muscle that is causing her pain. We have tried a foam roller but it is hard for her to get down on the ground to even use it and getting back up.

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After I recover from a strained rhomboid, would it be advised to use a rowing machine?

I've been considering purchasing an indoor rowing machine for exercise. My usual exercise is cycling or swimming. I still cycle year-round outdoors or at home on a trainer but due to the pandemic, I am avoiding indoor public spaces so I will not be swimming now that the outdoor pools around here are closed.

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Could my pain in the upper pelvis and lower back be from doing calf raises? 

The other day i did a lot of calf raises and now my calves are sore. But also my upper left pelvis and lower back hurt. Can that because of doing calf raises? 

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Why is pain still present despite improved range of motion and strength after an ankle injury?

I sprained my ankle 4 - 5 weeks ago. I have no pain at rest or during daily activities, full range of motion (ROM) in the injured ankle, and greater than 90% of the strength/function, but there is still slight pain (about 2 out of 10) during functional tests (e.g., hop test). Is this normal despite full ROM and decent symmetry? Why is this pain still present despite improved ROM and strength?

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What to expect for recovery from a muscle strain injury

I believe I strained or partially tore a groin muscle 6 weeks back. I've tried to stay off it as much as possible, and ice the area several times a day, but I still experience some tightness in the area. Should I be pain and tightness free when it's time to resume exercise and activity on it?