Back & Neck Physical Therapy Fort Collins, Windsor & Surrounding Cities

Did you know that approximately 80% of adults in the United States have experienced back pain? And around 8% suffer from chronic back pain - that's 16 million adults dealing with debilitating back pain every day.

Lower back pain can be chronic and discouraging, but physical therapy is a great option that has been scientifically proven to reduce even long-term debilitating complaints. Physical therapy low back pain treatments vary from patient to patient, but many of them focus on increasing mobility and strength. 

Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain can be the result of an old injury, something that has built up over time, or an acute injury from bending or lifting the wrong way. Other common causes are weakness in the core strength or muscle weakness after an injury. Car accidents can also cause back pain by straining the muscles or fracturing the bones in the spine. Additionally, as we get older the fluid-filled discs that separate and cushion the joint in the spine lose volume and become thinner, allowing movements of the spine to compress nerves, leading to shooting or radiating pain. 

Solutions for Lower Back Pain

Truly effective solutions for lower back pain are hard to come by, but physical therapy is one of the most successful options available. In patients that demonstrate weakness of the spinal stabilizer muscles, we use evidence-based strengthening and stabilizing programs to reduce back pain and improve function. For patients whose pain is caused by degeneration in the spinal discs, mobility exercises, stretches and glides to improve nerve mobility, and mechanical traction to reduce the load on the discs may be indicated. Regardless of what is specifically causing your problem, our physical therapists have back pain treatments and exercises that will work for you. 

Find Physical Therapists For Your Lower Back Pain

 For individuals seeking therapeutic treatment options for lower back pain in Fort Collins, Windsor & surrounding cities, check out Colorado in Motion! We understand that chronic lower back pain can be incredibly discouraging, but our specialists are ready and waiting to make this the most successful and pain-relieving experience possible. If you have tried everything, consider giving us a chance to eliminate your pain like we have for so many patients before!

Do You Need Physical Therapy for Your Back and Neck Pain?

You will likely benefit from PT if you have:

  • Acute/chronic lower back pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Pain extending to arms and/or legs
  • General arthritic back complaints
  • Work-related back pain
  • Recently had back surgery

Causes of Back Pain

Fitness Level

People who are in poor shape or with weak core muscles are more likely to suffer from back pain as they have less support for their spine.


It's no secret that desk jobs aren't great for your back. Your job may be a primary cause of your back pain if you sit too much or strain yourself often.

Body Weight

Obesity is a leading cause of back pain and many patients may be able to reduce or eliminate back pain by reaching a healthier body weight.


Smoking has a lot of negative effects on your body. It can cause inflammation and restrict blood flow, both of which heavily contribute to back pain.


Strain or injury is a common cause of back pain. Sudden movements, falls, or other accidents can lead to an acute episode of back pain.


Unfortunately, your genes can be a cause for back pain. Studies on lumbar disc disease have shown that back pain may run in families.

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Here’s what some of our patients had to say

I am 100% cured. No more numbness in my fingers. I don’t even need to wear my brace at night anymore. Your recommended equipment and posture changes did the trick. Thanks so much!

five stars Rob, Fort Collins Rob, Fort Collins

Our son was 9+ weeks premature and required physical therapy to help with his gross motor skills. Jessica Albers was our therapist and she was wonderful. She gave us the tools to help our son develop and he is now a very active little two year old. We would recommend Jessica to any parents with…

five stars Aaron Biesemeier Aaron Biesemeier

I was referred to CIM for some calf and Achilles issues a few months after a bad strain. I had the pleasure of working with Derek Haverley to resolve it. Derek took time explaining to me how dry needling could help the situation, the results were amazing. It took about 4-5 sessions of dry needling…

five stars Jill Fox Jill Fox

From the very first treatment with Tim I knew I was on the road to recovery. A combination of dry needling, manipulation, home exercises relieved my chronic leg pain caused by a herniated disk. I was in severe pain and limited mobility for more than 3 years. I’ve had 4 treatments and I’m back on…

five stars Joe Joe

Tim has been helping me deal with various running and cycling injuries for a couple of years. They have included hip, back, calf, and knee issues. The at-home exercises he recommended helped so much, and I am now running and cycling pain free. He also recommended a specific strength training program. I am so grateful…

five stars Sheri Sheri

I was in a horrible car accident and had tried many specialized treatments for pain and pain management for more than a year before it was suggested (by a foot doctor) to have Physical Therapy at CIM. Three months ago I started working with David at the College/Harmony facility. What a difference he has made…

five stars Carol carol

Through a combination of dry needling and exercises, Terry had my lower back pain gone within a few weeks. His approach to care is great — educate the patient, give ’em the necessary tools, and the healing happens.

five stars Chris Ketterman Chris Ketterman

Terry is phenomenal. I’m a runner that has been working on a variety of issues for quite a while and I very recently saw Terry. I’ve had chronic Plantar Fasciitis and Terry has gotten it taken care of. His use of ASTYM has been great and my return to running has been much faster than…

five stars Jim Haselmaier Jim Haselmaier

I worked with John Zapanta this fall for joint pain and had terrific results. I was often amazed with the progress made. John’s personality, talent and enthusiasm regarding my recovery made the process more enjoyable than I would have thought possible. I was impressed that he often would follow up with an e-mail with photos…

five stars Cynthia Coogan Cynthia Coogan

I was referred to Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists and saw John. He was very helpful in easing the pain in my shoulder and gave me exercises to do at home in short increments of time that would fit into my schedule, but would still accomplish the goal. He will listen to any concerns, is very…

five stars Carol Metzner Carol Metzner

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