Who Am I?
Why am I doing this?

My interest in physical therapy began in college. As a basketball player I experienced numerous injuries requiring treatment and rehabilitation. My misfortunes on the basketball court led me to first hand experience in a field that would become my profession. In 1990 I graduated from the UW-LaCrosse with majors in Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology.

After a number of years treating athletes in both the clinic and in schools I returned to school at the University of Illinois in Chicago to obtain my degree in Physical Therapy. My entire career has been in the outpatient orthopedic setting, treating people with a variety of joint related injuries and conditions. I am certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and am licensed to practice physical therapy in the state of Oregon.

Currently I am the sports team lead physical therapist at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon.

Because there are only so many hours in the day, I have been limited in how many people I can help with their joint pain. I thought about how I could reach more people and of course the internet was obviously a good fit. Although the internet contains a scattering of good content, I was surprised by the number of non-medically trained people giving advice. It appeared as if anyone who had personally experienced a specific condition was now an expert, qualified to give others advice. And, the information that was available was limited on what people could do to help themselves.

I also realized in my own practice that a good number of the people coming to me were often misinformed as to where to start in addressing their joint pain. I spent a good part of my time ‘setting the record straight’ and educating my patients regarding simple things they could do to help themselves.

That’s when I decided to launch this site.

Over the course of my career I have gained real world experience in treating a variety of joint conditions. I hope this site is an extension of what I have been able to do in the clinic: help people understand their condition and what they can do to control their symptoms. My goal is to give each person tools they can use to help manage their own joint pain.

I hope you find the information I have on this site helpful. Feel free to contact me with questions and suggestions.

To your health,

Janelle Trempe PT, ATC

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