Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine have been the primary focus of Northwest Physical Therapy since our origin in 1979. We have been involved in local athletics in the Skagit Valley for over 35 years, and our therapists and staff share your enthusiasm for a variety of sports and outdoor activities. Whether you are trying to return to running, skiing/snowboarding, hiking, paddling, or high school/college sports, we can customize a treatment program to help you reach your potential.
Some of our services include:
Biomechanical gait analysis for runners and walkers
Injury screens/Injury Prevention Talks
Sport Specific exercise and rehabilitation programs
Strength and Conditioning
Pre and Post-operative rehabilitation
Total and Partial Joint Replacement
Post trauma/ Motor Vehicle Accident
Repetitive Overuse injuries
Evidence has shown that vestibular rehabilitation can be effective in improving symptoms related to many vestibular (inner ear/balance) disorders. People with vestibular disorders often experience problems with vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and/or imbalance. These are the problems that rehabilitation aims to correct. Other problems can also arise that are secondary to vestibular disorders, such as nausea and/or vomiting, reduced ability to focus or concentrate, and fatigue (vestibular.org).
We offer vestibular rehabilitation at our Mt. Vernon and Sedro-Woolley offices. Dan Day, PT, MPT is the physical therapist/manager at our Sedro-Woolley office, and in addition to specific vestibular training, he has over 10 years experience.
Jess DiRusso, PT, DPT is a physical therapist at our Mt. Vernon office and also has specialized training in vestibular therapy. She has recently moved here from Honolulu where she treated patients with vestibular disorders at Queens Medical Center.
Northwest Physical Therapy has offered services in Industrial Rehabilitation for over 20 years in the state of Washington. It is our goal to help our injured workers return safely to the job environment and reduce risk of re-injury.
A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a 4 hour test to determine what an individual may be capable of physically and is often used to decide if/when it may be appropriate for an injured worker to return to their job and if modifications are needed.
Work Conditioning/Hardening is a specialized physical therapy program that may be based off of the findings from the PCE to help the patient regain the strength and endurance necessary to return to their occupation with decreased risk of re-injury.
In 2017, Melanie Dalpias, MS, LAT, ATC, joined NWPT in a partnership with Sedro-Woolley High School. We now provide athletic training services for SWHS sporting events and offer training room hours after school. Melanie also teaches two Sports Medicine classes to the high school students that may be interested in a career in this field.
NWPT has also helped with performing baseline concussion screening for high school athletes, helped with sports physicals at all three local high schools (Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Sedro-Woolley), and has helped our local athletes return to their sports and reach their goals.
Manual therapy is specialized "hands on" treatment that may include joint mobilization for the spine (or for the shoulder, hip, foot/ankle, etc.), along with deep tissue massage and/or myofascial release. Joint mobilizations help to stretch the joint capsule, to decrease pain, and improve joint range of motion and function.
Recent research advocates the use of manual physical therapy for the best therapeutic outcomes, along with a customized exercise program to help you maintain benefits gained during therapy.
Manual Therapy may enhance treatment for the following spinal dysfunctions:
Degenerative Disc Disease
Bulging or Herniated Disc
Nerve irritation (i.e. sciatica, radiculopathy)
Sacroiliac joint pain (pelvic pain)
Northwest Physical Therapy also offers massage therapy. Research has shown that massage therapy may be beneficial for the following conditions:
Muscle Strains or Injuries
Myofascial Pain Sundrome
Therapeutic Massage Cash Pay Rates:
30 minutes - $45.00
45 minutes - $65.00
60 minutes - $80.00
Other Accepted Payment Methods
Washington state L & I
Some insurance plans accepted. Call one of our clinics for more information