An injury or pain can stop you from doing what you love. Sports injuries, pre and post-surgical discomfort, and sprains and strains can make it hard to live an active lifestyle. At Backcountry Physical Therapy, we firmly believe that these things should not hold you back from exploring Colorado’s great outdoors. Our physical therapy services will work to find the actual causes of your problems and pain. Our knowledgeable and compassionate physical therapists will create a long-term, customized plan so you can meet your goals. We will help foster lifelong changes to your health and mindset to improve your quality of life. With performance physical therapy from Backcountry Physical Therapy, you never have to let pain or impaired performance get in the way of your passion for the outdoors.

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Dr. Scott Runyon

Dr. Scott Runyon is a sports physical therapist who graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. He then went on to study physical therapy at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science — earning his doctorate in 2014. For two years following this, he traveled the country as a contract physical therapist to experience different settings of therapy in almost every region of the United States. During that time, he was always attracted to areas where he could find the most active populations and help patients reach high-level goals. He settled in Colorado in 2016 with his wife, Heather, and has been dedicated to treating orthopedic injuries, especially in athletes. He volunteers at Palmer High School working with the athletic trainer to provide injury consultations to student-athletes at games and practices.

Scott is an avid outdoorsman. He moved to Colorado to live an outdoor lifestyle. He enjoys hiking, skiing, fishing, climbing, and whitewater sports and is willing to try almost any mountain activity. He also enjoys playing and watching most team sports.



Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology — the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — 2011

Doctorate in Physical Therapy — Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science — 2014

Functional Dry Needling — Level 1 — 2018

Emergency Medical Response in Sports Venues — 2018

Dr. Emily Schwerdt

Dr. Emily Schwerdt is a pelvic floor physical therapist who graduated from Maryville University in 2016 with her Bachelor of Health Science while competing on the cross country and track teams. She continued at Maryville University to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018. She then worked for 1.5 years in St. Louis, MO treating orthopedic and pelvic floor patients before moving with her husband and two dogs to Colorado Springs. Emily is passionate about treating the female athlete and all that entails, especially in regards to pelvic floor health. She treats conditions such as incontinence, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis recti abdominis, pain during pregnancy such as pelvic girdle pain or pubic symphysis pain, and derives great joy from helping women return to activity postpartum. 

In her free time, Emily is an avid road and trail runner and racer. When she isn't running, you can often find her backpacking, camping, or hiking with her husband and their two dogs. Since moving to Colorado, Emily looks forward to learning more winter sports, especially cross country skiing.

Dr. Emily Schwerdt and her dog posing on top of a mountain

Hannah Wengert

Administrative Assistant

Hannah Wengert is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. During her time at school, she worked as a Resident Assistant for the university’s on-campus housing. Before moving to Colorado Springs for school, she grew up in the mountain town of Winter Park, Colorado, where she competed on the alpine skiing competition team. During her time competing, she had the opportunity to travel around the state and country to train and compete. Her involvement in sports led to her interest in the human body and sports medicine. Hannah is currently in the process of applying to physical therapy programs to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. In her free time, Hannah enjoys trail running, biking, skiing, hiking, and just about any outdoor activity.



Our patients always come first. Our passion is serving the individuals in our community by introducing quality changes in their life so they can get back to what they love to do.


We always listen to our patients at Backcountry Physical Therapy. Our physical therapy services are precise so we find the true sources of your problems, pain, and discomfort.


The team at Backcountry Physical Therapy understands that your time and money are valuable. Our physical therapy services work to save you time, money, and frustration.


Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of our patients. At Backcountry Physical Therapy, we care about creating lifelong changes to your health and mindset so you can live a better life.


We will never give up on you at Backcountry Physical Therapy. The results for our patients are not just satisfactory for them but our team. Our passion is helping individuals meet their goals.


If pain, impaired performance, or injury has stopped you from doing the outdoor activities you love, Backcountry Physical Therapy can help. We help athletes and outdoor enthusiasts recover, avoid injuries, and improve their performance. Our sports physical therapy services will pinpoint the true sources of your problems to save you time, money, and frustration. Not to mention, we will create an individualized, long-term plan that will help you live a higher quality of life. Whether you live an active lifestyle on the weekends or are a professional athlete, physical therapy services from Backcountry Physical Therapy will help you heal so you can achieve your personal or professional sports goals.

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(719) 285-9670

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2660 Vickers Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80918


Mon – Fri — 7:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday — By appointment
Sunday — Closed


Colorado Springs