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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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Comprehensive treatment
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My PT treatment is ongoing but progress is being felt. Steve is a consummate therapist, his knowledge of muscle physiology is extensive. This is my third series of treatments with Steve within the last 10 years and each time I have felt that I was being treated as if I was his only patient.

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Anonymous — Sunday, 02 June 2019 14:15:16
They're great!
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Steven and Gloria are great. They work really well together and really care about their patients.

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Anonymous — Friday, 27 March 2015 16:48:51
best ever
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After shoulder surgery, Steve looked deeply at the underlying causes. Besides strengthening my shoulder, Gloria worked on stability and range of motion and I ended coming out stronger than I was before I injured my arm in the first place. They make a great team! Steve is the shoulder guy to go to!

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Anonymous — Thursday, 26 March 2015 19:12:01
I feel soooo much better because of Steve and Gloria.
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Steve is knowledgeable, capable, thoughtful and instructive. He identified my injury just by watching my walking gait. He did a great job of preparing me for total knee replacement surgery and post surgery treatments have been outstanding. I highly recommend Steve for any and all PT treatments.

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Anonymous — Wednesday, 25 March 2015 17:22:06
very VERY GOOD
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Steve always smiles, in a good positive mood,wonderful nature about him and makes a patient feel happier. he listens,and tries to really help to make me feel better as I am living in pain so very often. I would send other to him He has great energy !~

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BEVERLEY Marmor — Sunday, 08 March 2015 16:07:00
Pain-free!
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Steve worked with me at Athletic Physical Therapy and gave me exercises to do at home. I'm virtually pain-free due to his expertise in the physical therapy field. I would highly recommend Steve Crear.

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Sherri P — Sunday, 08 March 2015 15:38:51
outstanding service
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I never felt more comfortable and welcome at a medical facility. Treatment was beyond my expectations. Steve and Gloria always had answers to my questions. They are so much fun to work with. My shoulder feels amazing! They also made it easy to book appointments and work around my crazy schedule.

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Anonymous — Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:59:37
Ok for light problems
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This place is organized in terms of keeping track of the patient's schedule. I find that one PT cares for too many patients. He runs around between two to three or more at times and I do not feel that I am truly being care for on a personal level. The atmosphere is similar to herding cattles.

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Anonymous — Saturday, 28 February 2015 13:54:34
Steve is the best.
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Steve has helped me through problems with a herniated disk, blown out knee and now bursitis in my hip.

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Christine Newman — Friday, 27 February 2015 15:05:06
Physical therapy
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Steve was accommodating and helpful in my recovery.

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Kenneth R — Friday, 27 February 2015 14:07:55
A Very healing and caring environment
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Very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. With each passing visit, I can see and feel an improvement in my shoulder.

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Anonymous — Monday, 16 February 2015 22:08:36