Back Pain

Whether you are a weekend warrior, an extreme athlete or somewhere in between there is a strong chance you will eventually have to deal with back pain.

Unfortunately you do not have to be physically active to fall victim to a back injury. Activities such as sitting in front of a computer, slipping on a wet floor, sneezing or even crawling into bed at night can put your back at risk for an injury.

Although most of the time back pain is brought on by excessive lifting, by overuse, a new activity or an accident, other times back pain can be brought on by a pinched nerve, such as in a herniated disc. However the back pain is sustained, we can help.

Our physical therapy for back pain can help relieve your symptoms by using manual therapy techniques, modalities and by teaching you stretching and strengthening exercises. Our physical therapists can also teach you proper sleeping positions, proper lifting techniques and help you learn to take care of your overall back health so your back pain can go away and stay away.

Engaging in physical therapy for back pain can help you return to a healthy active life sooner. Our physical therapists are prepared to treat all forms of back pain, regardless of cause.


Common diagnoses associated with back pain, all successfully treated with physical therapy:

  • Herniated Disc
  • Sacroiliac Dysfunction
  • Low Back Strain/Sprain
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Diseases

Participating Clinics

These neighborhood physical therapy clinics provide Back Care, click to schedule an appointment or learn more:

Free Screen on Us

We offer complimentary screens at all RET locations. If you’ve been dealing with a nagging injury or persistent pain, don’t wait any longer.

Who Benefits From Spine Care
at RET?

Patients who have acute and chronic low-back and neck pain, muscle-tension headaches, pain extending into the arms or legs, general arthritic spine complaints, lumbar spinal stenosis, and work-related spine pain may benefit from physical therapy at RET. In addition, post-surgery physical therapy is critical for successful and faster recovery from operations such as laminectomy and fusion.

Ready to improve your quality of life? Let us help you get back to where you want to be.


Here’s what some of our patients had to say...

I started PT after a car accident. The staff was extremely helpful not just with injuries from the accident, but also other issues that had been bothering me. They are very good at communicating problems and solutions and are friendly to boot. Can’t recommend enough.

five stars Kevin RET Patient

Attentive, responsive, pleasant in communication, knowledgeable staff. I got good results in a short time. Thankful to Dr. Andrew for useful information and for a program of exercises.

five stars Elena RET Patient

Doug Free, the manager at Mercer Island Physical Therapy, has a PhD in PT, and is an amazing diagnostic doctor who explains why a specific injury occurred. He also does fabulous work on your body. His entire staff is knowledgeable and excellent therapists. 

five stars Gary RET Patient

I saw Anne at 7 weeks post ulnar nerve transposition. I’ve made more progress in 1 week with her than I did in those first 7.  She is extremely knowledgeable and up to date on current research.  I’d feel very good about sending my family and friends her way!

five stars Holli RET Patient

Kelly is amazing! I felt very comfortable and she asked all of the right questions, was super friendly, and knows exactly how to help. I always leave feeling so much better, and confident that if I do my exercises, I will heal!

five stars Kelsey RET Patient

Michelle has been amazing to work with. She quickly diagnosed the root cause of the issues that continued to plague me after recovering from hip replacement surgery that other PT’s (different companies) could not. She listens, is creative, resourceful, and very knowledgeable. Everyone at the clinic is always very professional and interested in our progress.

five stars Conrac RET Patient

I have been going to Summit Therapy for a shoulder problem. I’ve made steady progress and have gotten much pain relief. The staff is very friendly and great to work with. I recently had a sudden problem of vertigo. My therapist knew exactly what to do and performed a treatment that stopped the dizziness.

five stars Patricia RET Patient