Sellwood Physical Therapy - Nick Wilkins

Nick Wilkins, PT, DPT

Clinic Director | Physical Therapist
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Certified Manual Physical Therapist

Nick Wilkins, Doctor of Physical Therapy, received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. While attending UCR, he competed on the golf team under scholarship. The team won 2 Div. I Big West titles. His senior year he earned national recognition as an All American Scholar.

He continued on to pursue his Doctorate in Physical Therapy, graduating with top honors of his class with the Alumni Scholarship Achievement Award from Loma Linda University in 2010. For the next 2 years, he worked as a Caddie and PT for a professional golfer on the PGA Tour, helping contribute to 3 victories.

Nick then moved to the great Pacific Northwest where he was offered the privilege to work under Fellow Tim Brinker at Therapeutic Associates in Hillsboro. During this time, Nick completed his Manual Therapy Specialty and Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy training, successfully earning his manual therapy certification (CMPT) with the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in 2015, and became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2017.

As the director of Sellwood Physical Therapy, Nick strives to translate his personal relationship with sports and hard earned knowledge in manual therapy into a tailored experience for each patient. He has a particular passion in educating patients about the cause of their symptoms and utilizing manual therapy techniques unique to each patient’s needs to help them achieve their health goals.

Living and working in the Sellwood neighborhood allows him and his wife to enjoy the small town feel. Outside of work, Nick enjoys playing on a recreational hockey team and golfing the beautiful Oregon links.

Blog Posts written by Nick Wilkins

A Golfer's Perspective to Low Back Pain: Choose Your Path to Recovery

In January of 2016, Nick Watney, a professional golfer with over $25 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour, took the approach to rehabilitate his lower back with physical therapy. He was feeling lower back pain that radiated into his left hamstring area above his knee. An MRI confirmed a disc herniation. He had multiple surgical consults, however ultimately decided on physical rehabilitation.

Plantar Fasciitis: Current Evidence on Diagnosis and Treatment

Plantar fasciitis is a common musculoskeletal injury that affects almost 10% of the population. It is responsible for nearly 1 million outpatient visits in the US per year2,5. It commonly presents as sharp pain in the heel with the first few steps following periods of inactivity. Common knowledge has attributed it to inflammation of the plantar fascia, however current evidence suggests that the disease is more likely associated with microscopic degeneration and subsequent thickening of the tissue3. The diagnosis of “plantar fasciosis” has been utilized more frequently lately to reflect the degenerative nature of the condition.