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Steven Crear, PT Athletic Physical Therapy - West Los Angeles

My Passion for Practice

Steve Crear is a licensed Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Specialist with 38 years of experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. After his internship in New York City, Steve moved to Santa Monica and began his career. He worked at Orthopedic Hospital of Los Angeles for five years, where he established protocol and exercise programs which include hydro-therapy for full/partial hips, and knee patients, and birth-defect children. He administered physical therapy to oncology amputees, and implemented physical therapy programs for Sports Medicine Clinic. He later joined the Staff and Ward Physical Therapists at Saint John’s Hospital. After five years at Saint John’s Hospital, Steve worked with three orthopedic medical doctors who later merged and formed the renowned Santa Monica Orthopedic Group. He has rehabilitated countless patients recovering from various physical traumas, injuries, and orthopedic surgical procedures; developed programs and treatments for advancement and home/gym exercise; instituted a new advance ACL protocol with Pedlar; and contributed to the ACL Pre-Op Instruction Video produced by Santa Monica Orthopedic Group. Steve has successfully worked numerous events, most recently working with the FIFA World Cup (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and the CONCACAF Gold Cup (Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Football). For seven years, Steve had the privilege to be the private physical therapist to President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. Additionally, in 1984 he worked for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, UCLA Olympic Village, providing athletes with physical therapy care on an as-needed basis. Steve is very active in community life. During the last 25 years, he has helped raise millions of dollars for education and various charity outreach programs on the Westside of Los Angeles. Steve is witty with a great sense of humor.

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I feel so much better!
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I have seen Steve for many many year for numerous reasons. I can't seem to stay away. He has helped me get through every single one of my injuries. I always feel so much better after seeing him. The staff is caring and compassionate!

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Anonymous — Tuesday, 29 August 2017 15:44:19
Steve gave me my life back!
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I began seeing Steve for PT after shoulder surgery that was preceded by neck surgery that left me unable to move my right arm for over a year. I was in despair. Steve was so kind and patient with my injuries but also gently pushed me through the pain to recovery. Steve gave me HOPE from day one.

Anonymous — Thursday, 19 October 2017 13:09:58
Impressive Treatment
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I was beyond impressed with my experience at this office. My first contact was with Gloria and I was completely blown away by how helpful and kind she was and how fast she was at getting me in to see a therapist. First point of contact is crucial! My appointment ran on time, Steve was really knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable throughout the appointment! I would highly recommend this PT group! Parking is free!!!

Anonymous — Friday, 22 September 2017 13:30:51
Wonderful therapist and staff
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After months of dealing with pain on my left shoulder, I finally went in to see Steve. I wish I had done it sooner! I had immediate relief and after just a few sessions, I felt much stronger. Thank you so much Steve, you helped me tremendously during such a hard time in my life.

Anonymous — Monday, 11 September 2017 09:44:36
Steve fixed my right knee
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After dealing with a lot of pain I decided I needed help and started treatment with Steve. He is truly wonderful, he got me back on track and I'm now able to keep going with my active life style. I'm grateful to all of the staff for all their kindness and emotional support in such hard times.

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Anonymous — Monday, 07 August 2017 10:02:08
Shoulders miracle recovery
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After an old neck surgery and a new shoulder issue, I thought I would never regain mobility. I gave up after attending a few other physical therapy clinics with no results. It wasn't until a friend told me about Steve, few weeks in and I have gain strength and flexibility. Thank you.

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Anonymous — Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:32:36
Back pain
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Steve is very friendly and professional. Now Melissa is new therapist and her hands do wonders, she is very sweet and attentive, Freddy does help me with the exercises, he is very understanding and encourages me. Gloria is very friendly and makes sure that rules are followed, helps me all the time

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Flora Hoorizadeh — Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:24:34
Great PT
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Excellent interactions. Thoughtful therapist and understanding. Excellent experience.

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Anonymous — Tuesday, 11 April 2017 19:23:48
Pre-op knee surgery visit
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Steven was very helpful showing me post-op exercises that would help mobility.

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Anonymous — Wednesday, 05 April 2017 17:33:32
Efficient and effective
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Steve has been a therapist for years and it shows. He is extremely knowledgeable and has wonderful bedside manner.

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Anonymous — Friday, 24 March 2017 20:59:44