Dr. Scott Hammons. Photo courtesy Elite Sports and Spine.

Dr. Scott Hammons. Photo courtesy Elite Sports and Spine.

Since 1999, when Dr. Scott Hammons opened the first Elite Sports and Spine clinic in Bellevue, the practice has grown to include six doctors, a massage therapist, and three clinics. The newest clinic was opened in March in West Seattle.

The West Seattle clinic is a new business model for Elite Sports and Spine. The Bellevue clinic is 6,000 square feet, and the South Lake Union location is 3,000 square feet — both are large enough for a performance center complete with classes and trainers. The West Seattle clinic is only 860 square feet, offering a pared down selection of services and eliminating the need for extra space, coordination, and overhead.

Hammons was actively involved in the running community when he opened his first clinic. The practice grew quickly during the next four years, and the clinic moved multiple times in Bellevue to accomodate expansion. Hammons says the clinic will open more clinics in the coming years, and his eyes are focused north.

“We have plans to expand into the Snohomish or Mill Creek-Lynnwood area,” Hammons says. “After that we have planned to go somewhere down south, but we’re not sure how far.” He says Renton and Federal Way are options they are exploring.

While the practice has expanded and changed, its specialties remain sports-focused. Athletic injuries and strains remain the most common ailments Hammons’ team treats, but the crew has increasingly been seeing patients with sitting-related conditions.

“Over the last six to eight years we have seen a lot more issues related to being at the workstation, or people just being at the desk working for so many hours per day,” Hammons says. “For our Bellevue clinic, it’s probably more so than we see in Downtown Seattle.”

Hammons says mini breaks during the day, spent walking around the office or outside, serve a two-fold purpose. “The first is mental. Breaks help you unwind for a minute and let go of stress,” Hammons says. “And then it’s physical as well. Moving around improves the blood flow and relieves the muscles from being in a tight, stagnant position for a long period of time.”