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 40 years, and now offer the same services in Bellingham. 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
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:
Northwest Physical Therapy has offered services in Industrial Rehabilitation for over 30 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 FCE to help the patient regain the strength and endurance necessary to return to their occupation with decreased risk of re-injury.
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.
Pelvic Health Conditions involve muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue in the lowest part of the pelvis. They support your organs, including the bowel, bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum. These conditions can affect your physical, social, emotional and behavioral health. Discussing these personal and sensitive topics can be difficult, and it is essential to establish open lines of communication with your Physical Therapist so they can best determine how to help you.
Urinary or Urge incontinence
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic girdle pain
Pelvic Pain Syndrome
Prostatitis or prostate surgery
Urogenital or gynecologic surgery
To make an appointment or find out if you might benefit from this treatment, call our Bellingham OR Burlington Offices.
In 2017, NWPT began a contract with Sedro-Woolley High School to offer athletic training services to cover their athletes on and off the field, keep them healthy, and assist them in returning to sport and life after an injury. Our ATC, Melanie Dalpias, MS, LAT, ATC heads this program and also teaches two sports medicine courses in addition to a medical terminology course to their students thru the Career Tech Education (CTE) program.
In 2019, NWPT began a contract with Skagit Valley College to offer athletic training services to their athletes as well. Kim Firth, MS, LAT, ATC, heads up this program and serves all the athletes there, providing training room hours, event coverage, and she assists with other sports medicine policy and procedures as well.
NWPT has historically assisted our local high school, college, and community athletes since our origin in 1979. We enjoy working with the athletes and are proud to offer these services to our community and collaborate with local schools.
In response to COVID-19 the team at Northwest Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation continues to follow all Washington State Laws and is adhering to the recommendations from the Health Department and CDC along with additional precautions to ensure your therapy visit is safe and effective.
Telehealth appointments can be made for those who prefer to receive care in the convenience of your own home with one of our highly trained Doctors of Physical Therapy.