The staff of Salem Rehabilitation Associates is all smiles at their new facility in Keizer. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

Of the Keizertimes

Salem Rehabilitation Associates recently moved its 20-strong staff to new offices in Keizer.

The medical group specializes in rehabilitating those who suffered injuries or have a chronic condition affecting mobility and quality of life.

“Our focus is on function,” said Dr. Raymond Brumbaugh, a physician and partner. “We try to help people who had illness or injury resume normal function as much as possible. We deal with things like traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury (and) a lot of non-operative musculoskeletal injuries.”

Patients are generally referred to the clinic, he said. The move to Keizer resulted from  a chance to  own their property.

“We had been renting for that time and it seemed like a good time to get our own place and to get more exposure,” Brumbaugh said. “We were not real visible to the community from our other location.”

Founded in 1988, the practice was formerly in a Salem Hospital-owned building on Center Street. The Keizer location also provided easier access from Woodburn and points northward, he said.

The 7,300 square foot building was “gutted and remodeled,” he said, adding an elevator for disabled access.

Brumbaugh said their specialty came into its own after World War II “when people were coming back from war with amputations, brain and spinal cord injuries … it fills that gap in their medical care.”

The clinic can conduct electrodiagnostic studies to determine nerve function, and recently started offering ultrasound-guided injections.

“If people need an injection in the shoulder or even small tendons in the hand or wrist, they can use ultrasound to make sure the injection is going in the right place,” Brumbaugh said.