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Bellingham Sports & Spine Physical Therapy (BSSPT), providing physical therapy in Whatcom County, WA, for the Tri County area, offers a broad range of services including back and neck pain to headaches, post-operative orthopedic rehabilitation, Temporomandibular Disorder, sports and dance injuries and balance and fall prevention.

Our services include, but are not limited to, the following:

Back Pain and Neck Pain

The second most common reason people miss work in the United States is because of back and neck pain.

Either condition can deter you from living life at your fullest and can seriously impact your quality of life.

Upper Back Pain

Occurring anywhere from the base of your neck to the bottom of your rib cage, upper back pain can result from a pinched nerve to bone issues to muscular or ligament tears and overuse.

Assessing and diagnosing the root cause of your pain and the loss of function, we will prescribe a customized treatment plan to begin the healing process. We combine manual therapies, careful prescribed exercises and self-care education to help prevent recurring problems.

Post-Operative Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Research has shown that having physical therapy both following a joint replacement and other orthopedic surgeries will speed up the healing process and can optimize recovery.

We are knowledgeable about joint replacement surgery and other surgeries and will work with your surgeon and physician as a valued team member to determine the most effective rehabilitation regimen for you.

Our goal is to help you increase strength, activity and range of motion so that you can return to a active life as quickly as possible without residual mobility problems.

Shoulder Rotator Cuff Impingement

Shoulder Rotator Cuff Impingement can cause severe shoulder pain and loss of motion. It can happen when there is abnormal pressure on the tendons and bursa in the shoulder.

This commonly occurs as a result of overuse or overhead activity of the shoulder, such as painting a ceiling, for example, or playing tennis.

The pain is persistent and debilitating as you try to go about your daily activities. Proper treatment can help to avoid long-term issues such as a torn rotator cuff or surgery.

Physical therapy, prescribed exercises, and manual treatment have been found to be an effective treatment to promote healing and a return to your normal level of activity.

Motor Vehicle Injury

From head injuries to whiplash to musculoskeletal pain and concussion, we will work with your physician, insurance provider and other health team members to assist in your recovery following a motor vehicle accident.

Our goal is to assess your injuries, discuss therapy options with you, and then prescribe a course of physical therapy customized for you. We will help you recover as quickly and thoroughly as possible.


The International Headache Society lists the categories of headaches as tension-type, migraine and cluster, and other headaches.

Physical therapy can be effective in treating many of these different kinds of headaches. Your experienced physical therapist will assess and determine the specific type of headache you have and what is causing it.

Tension headaches, the most common form, can stem from poor posture, fatigue, neck or jaw issues or stress, for example.

Once we have determined the source of your headache, we then use our expertise to alleviate the pain using a variety of different manual therapies and exercise combinations including neuromotor retraining, with a focus on improved self care.

Sports and Dance Injury

At Bellingham Sports & Spine Physical Therapy, we are experienced in treating K-12thgrade school, college and competitive recreational and professional athletes as well as dancers, professional performers and instructors when they incur injuries.

Our goal is to determine the cause of your injury, reduce pain and inflammation and begin the recovery process. We will also educate you about self-care and how to prevent the injury from recurring.

We know that your sports and dance programs are important to you and you do not want to be sidelined for long. We will help you recover and return to your sports and dance programs as quickly as possible.

Pelvic Floor and Pelvic Pain

We treat both men’s and women’s incontinence as well as pelvic floor and pelvic pain.

Conditions and pelvic pain may include abdominal pain, urinary/fecal incontinence, chronic constipation, sexual dysfunction and pain, pre-natal and post-partum conditions for women and prostatis/post prostatectomy for men.

By completing a thorough examination and assessment with a course of manual therapy and PT prescribed exercise, we work together to eliminate chronic pain and improve function in your pelvic area and build strength.

First year of child birth

There are a number of post-partum issues that can prohibit women from fully recovering from the pain of childbirth, and these can often be resolved with a specialized program of physical therapy.

We will work with you to build a program of manual therapy and exercise to recover from the wide gamut of musculoskeletal and neuromotor issues that can follow the birthing experience.

TMJ Dysfunction

Conditions that impact your jaw are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

These painful conditions can be caused by dysfunction in the muscles of your jaw or the joint itself, or elsewhere.

Instrument Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a tool which enables physical therapists to effectively treat clients with some tissue dysfunctions.

It is performed using specially designed instruments that assist in tissue hydration, extensibility and collagen repair.

It is a manual therapy treatment that is followed with prescribed exercises.

It is especially effective in treating clients with muscle and ligament strains, myofascial pain and restrictions, musculoskeletal imbalances, post-surgical and traumatic scars, plantar fasciitis, neck pain and carpal tunnel syndrome, among many others.

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Our team of Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants are specifically trained in orthopedics and orthopedic rehabilitation, the science of assessing injuries and conditions that impact the musculoskeletal system and its associated joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

With the use of evidence-based therapy, a combination of hands-on manual therapy and PT prescribed exercises we work to get you pain-free and back to your desired level of activity as quickly as possible.

Balance and Fall Prevention

If you suffer from frequent falls, balance, dizziness, or headaches, you may be experiencing a problem with your balance system, in the brain or peripheral nerve track or joints.

It is important to receive proper therapy to avoid compounding the difficulties caused by balance issues, including a tendency to fall and create more injuries.

Dizziness and balance issues can diminish your independence and curtail your ability to live a full life. We have success with a variety of therapies that help us get to the root cause of your problem and work to solve it.

Myofascial Decompression

Myofascial decompression, also known as cupping therapy, helps speed recovery of some musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.

The suction provided by cupping assists in creating a vacuum between the skin and underlying tissues.

Myofascial decompression adds in flooding the injured area with fresh blood that is high in nutrients and oxygen, helping reduce pain and stiffness, thereby speedy recovery.

Surface EMG/ Bio Feedback

Our physical therapists are trained to surface electromyography or biofeedback to measure the electrical activity of surface muscles.

This helps the physical therapist to determine if the client is exhibiting an abnormal pattern of muscle recruitment, an indication of dysfunction, and to decide whether a neuromotor re-education treatment plan would help the client.

The information received from the assessment is used to determine effective treatment to correct neuromotor imbalance and restore normal function to the muscles.

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