Sports Medicine Institute

Sports Medicine Institute

 Get back out there. ASAP.

The Aspen Club Sports Medicine Institute is the premier sports medicine facility in Aspen, Colorado, and in the Roaring Fork Valley. Our team of extensively trained physical therapists and chiropractors strive to improve your function through restoring range of motion, strength, endurance, and balance for optimal biomechanics and freedom from pain.

At the Aspen Club Sports Medicine Institute, we treat causes, not symptoms. Our team is nationally recognized for treating a range of conditions and patients.


The Aspen Club Sports Medicine Institute’s physical therapy team is comprised of three practitioners with over 36 years of combined clinical experience. Regardless of the nature of your injury, our team’s goal is you help you return to your optimal level of function. We treat each patient as an individual and tailor your plan of care specifically to your injury and impairments.

Our specialties include:

  • Orthopedic injuries, including: spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot injuries
  • Non-operative musculoskeletal injuries
  • Pre- and post-operative care
  • Back and neck pain
  • Injury prevention
  • Women’s health
  • Dry needling
  • Sport-specific strength/conditioning

Chiropractic care focuses on treating the person structurally from head to toe with an emphasis on detecting and correcting both the global and local kinetic chain dysfunction(s). No two bodies are the same, and treatment plans are customized accordingly. The goal of care is to restore proper biomechanics and facilitate efficient healing, allowing patients to achieve and maintain their functional goals.

Our specialties include:

  • Spinal and extremity adjustments
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Myofascial release
  • Dry needling
  • Rehabilitative exercise
  • Movement therapy
  • Orthotic prescription
  • Movement pattern assessment/modification

The Aspen Club Back Institute is a world-class destination clinic, offering life-changing programs for people suffering from chronic back and neck pain, offering highly specialized, individually-tailored programs. Our experts at the Aspen Club Back Institute offer a unique, comprehensive approach to those who have been left behind by common treatment methods and want to lead a pain-free, vigorous life. Clients can expect to leave the Aspen Club Back Institute with decreased or resolved pain, increased strength, flexibility, stamina, as well as the knowledge and tools for lifelong success.

Our clinicians have over four decades of combined experience and have helped a wide range of clients from Olympic and professional athletes, to active seniors, and everyone in between.

The Aspen Club team will be at your service to ensure all your needs are met during your stay with us in Aspen.

Our clinicians at the Aspen Club Back Institute approach pain differently:

  • Evaluate all contributing factors to the pain
  • Develop a tailored program
  • Focus on lifestyle, work, exercise, and daily activities
  • Clients receive an average of three to four hours per day of one-on-one therapy with members of our expert team
  • Programs range from three days to three weeks


For more information, please contact Jeremy James, the Aspen Club Back Institute Director.
(970) 925-8940 |

Dry needling is an extremely effective technique utilized by chiropractors, physical therapists, and medical doctors as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for musculoskeletal injuries, injury prevention, and recovery from exercise. Dry needling has been shown to reduce pain, control inflammation, relax soft tissue, and stimulate the body’s natural tissue repair process without the use of pharmaceuticals such as NSAIDs, painkillers, steroids, and muscle relaxants. The goal of all therapy is to help patients heal more effectively from their injury, establish stability, and get back to doing what they love. Dry needling is one more tool in the bag that we utilize here at the Aspen Club Sports Medicine Institute to make the healing process as efficient as possible.

Our patients do not have to stop at rehabilitation. We regularly streamline patients from post-op to performance enhancement through specialized training and programs. We go above and beyond traditional rehabilitative physical therapy and can exceed your expectations and optimize your performance.

When recovering from an injury, Pilates-based exercise optimizes strength, control, and muscle balance, while minimizing load and stress through the joints or other injured tissues. A customized Pilates program can be tailored to each patient to address specific impairments, while respecting their healing precautions. Pilates also integrates breathing to maximize core stability and overall muscle function.

Pilates-based rehabilitation is designed to efficiently transition each patient back into their functional activities, including daily activities, sports, and recreation. While all programs incorporate breathing instruction, core stabilization, and improvement of overall muscle function, each Pilates-based program is individualized to specifically meet the needs of the patient’s strength and flexibility deficits to match the physical demands of their daily life.

Pete Scher, DC, makes custom functional corrective orthotics using a unique rehabilitative and casting protocol. Prior to casting the foot, Dr. Scher rehabilitates the foot utilizing soft tissue manipulation, adjustments, and exercise to maximize the natural foot mechanics and minimize foot pathology. Foot flexibility, body weight, and activity level are factored in when designing the orthotic, and the orthotics are individually calibrated based on those measurements. This evidence-based protocol was created with the intent to design the most functional corrective orthotic possible. Orthotics may be recommended as an adjunct for the treatment of numerous structural imbalances, weaknesses, and symptoms, including: plantar fasciitis, foot pain, back pain, knee pain, hip pain, ankle instability, Morton’s Neuroma, bunions, heel pain, hammer toes, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, metatarsalgia, sesamoiditis, and many other conditions affecting the foot and the structural foundation.

At the Aspen Club Sports Medicine Institute, we believe that no two bodies are the same, and this is reflected in our full body assessment and individually-customized treatment plans. Our experts evaluate range of motion, strength, flexibility, gait, posture, balance, and any specific impairments you might have. The practitioner will develop an individualized plan with the overall goal improving movement patterns and reducing the risk of possible injury. This plan can be implemented by yourself, your personal trainer, or with continued treatment with your clinician.

The Graston Technique is an innovative, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to detect and effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions, as well as maintain optimal range of motion.

Kinesio Taping is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process, while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion.

We have moved!

Please visit us at our temporary location: 430 West Main Street, Aspen, CO 81611

Colorado is a Direct-Access state, which means you do not have to have a prescription to make an appointment for Physical Therapy (except for Medicare and Worker’s Comp insurances). Check with your insurance to see if a referral is required for coverage. We also offer self-pay rates and discounts in the form of visit packages for those whose insurance benefits have run out or have insurance that we are not contracted with at this time.