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Providence facility in Wilsonville reopens this month after flooding in March

PMG PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - Providence physical therapist Jaime Dutra is elated to move back into her old office in Wilsonville after flooding.

While getting ready for work in mid-March, Jaime Dutra, a physical therapist at Providence Wilsonville Sports Therapy in Town Center, received an unpleasant phone call — to say the least.

Dutra was told that the building where Providence treats patients had flooded and would be unusable for 3 to 5 months. For days, she was in shock.

"This is my home. As stupid as that sounds, this is not a job for me. This is like I come to work and, like anybody, you get up in the morning and you're like, 'Yeah I don't really feel like going in,' but once I'm here, this is my home," Dutra said. "This is my people, and so to lose that sense of home was really difficult."

Providence clinicians moved temporarily to Providence in Bridgeport Village, but are returning to their former space at 29345 S.W. Town Center Loop East this month.

Dutra said the flooding resulted from a water main break and that the break wasn't detected for as long as 24 hours. And while some things like treatment tables, a computer and some workout machinery were destroyed, because the physical therapy clinic is on the second floor, it did not endure as much damage as the first floor, which is where the regular clinicians treat patients. That part of the building will open up in late August while the physical therapy portion will open in early August.

"The water main serving a very large building throws out a high velocity of water, and it did that unattended for 12 to 24 hours," Dutra said. "There was quite a bit of water even on the second floor, but the first floor obviously got the brunt of that. They had to replace the walls, the ceiling tiles, electrical, HVAC."

Dutra initially had her own clinic in Wilsonville, but has worked for Providence the past seven years. The Providence clinic specializes in orthopedics, sports training, fall prevention and pelvic training.

Dutra, for her part, is an expert in fall prevention and orthopedics and said many of her clients live in Charbonneau, which has a population that skews older. To prevent falls, she helps clients gain better balance.

"Once a patient falls and they get injured, the likelihood of it happening multiple times increases. Once you've had a major fall that maybe resulted in a major fracture of some kind, a lot of the times quality of life declines from there. So what we're working on is preventing the fall from even occurring," Dutra said. "We figure out where your weaknesses are and create a treatment program specific to where your weaknesses are."

She also works with many clients who have poor posture and are developing back issues.

"Sometimes it's really basic, like, 'I sit at my computer for eight hours a day and my back hurts.' Well, no kidding. So let's figure out how we can make that not happen and then give you an exercise program to keep your back healthy for the long-term," Dutra said.

Dutra is thankful that the vast majority of her clients stayed with Providence through the flooding and commuted to Bridgeport Village for appointments.

And though Dutra and her colleagues are booked for the first week or so after they return to Wilsonville, she encourages residents dealing with nagging pain to give the Providence clinic a shot.

"People hurt their backs and they think, 'I'm just going to have to deal with that,' but there's things we can do to heal an injury but also prevent it from returning," Dutra said. "If you're questioning, 'Maybe there's something that I can do or I've seen somebody else and it didn't get better,' we always like to take a crack at those puzzles."

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