New Patients
Patients can be seen for physical therapy both with and without a doctors
referral.  However, many insurance companies
require a referral and/or
authorization for treatment.  It is recommended that you check with our office
or your insurance company regarding benefits.
Prepare for your first appointment...
What to bring:
Doctor/Provider referral
Insurance card
Know the primary insurance holders date of birth
Wear or bring loose clothes that allow for movement
and expose the area you are seeking treatment for
(IE. tanktops, sports bras, and shorts).  Athletic
shoes may also be needed for use of gym equipment.
Bring any information you might have with regards
to your injury. (Imaging: x-rays, MRI)
Please download, print, and bring your new
patient paperwork below.
Our office is located at 1408 N Garden Street.  
Parking for Skyline Physical Therapy is
available behind the building.
Skyline Physical Therapy
Phone: 360.738.4300
Fax: 360.738.8010

1408 N. Garden St
Bellingham, WA 98225
relaxing creek
Before your appointment...
Please Download, Print, and BRING with you:
1408 N. Garden Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360.738.4300
Fax: 360.738.8010

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Jane In Belize
Horse Back Riding Tips:
Horseback riders can suffer
from a number of muscle
weaknesses. Physical therapy
can help identify these areas
and develop a individualized
plan to correct them. Jane has
been working with
equestrians of all ages for a
number of years and would
like to suggest a few tips.
Please note these are only
suggestions and all horseback
riding injuries should be
reviewed by a physical
therapist or your primary care
doctor.
Here are some points to
remember when working with
equestrians:

•A forward head posture is a
weakness in the neck flexors.
This is a cause of headaches
and a "wobble" head in riders.
•Rounded shoulders are due
to weak shoulder blade
muscles and make the rider
appear slumped in the saddle.
This position makes it difficult
and can lead to injuries or
muscle soreness.
•Tight chest muscles also
result in a slumped posture
and rounded shoulders (see
above).
•Riders need strong core
stability, which requires good
abdominal strength.
•The pelvis and lower back
must be flexible. These are
areas that frequently create
pain and stiffness in riders
(we see and treat a great
deal of lower back issues
among equestrians).

A high degree of fitness
decreases the chance of
serious injury, helps injuries
heal quickly, allows riders to
look more elegant in the
saddle, and makes riding more
enjoyable.  In the event of an
injury, riders can look to
physical therapy to help them
"get back in the saddle again."
American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties -JaneRichardson Diplomate