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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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Sore shoulders and stiff knees
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Steve is really a great physical therapist. He makes me work really hard on my exercises for both shoulders and my knees. I really look forward to my visits.

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Eiko K — Friday, 28 June 2019 12:40:52
Steven is the best! He knows how far to push things!
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He knows how far to push things and when to hold back. Have made amazing progress after my shoulder surgery to repair things after a dislocation.

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Anonymous — Monday, 30 July 2018 19:42:44
Hip replacement rehab
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Excellent and efficient therapists. Positive experience

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Patricia Choate — Wednesday, 18 July 2018 14:06:04
Personable, knowledgeable, diligent
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This was my second time using Steve for my PT. Steve is a kind, personable and attentive therapist with strong knowledge of his craft and a very motivational style. He's a busy guy with several patients going at one time, yet keeps up with it all. I'm grateful to him for helping me.

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Anonymous — Wednesday, 18 July 2018 12:01:36
Knee and Shoulder succesful treatment
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I saw Steve and Gloria for my knee in 2017 and for my shoulder in 2018. Steve took all aspects of my life style into consideration in order to develop the most perfect program for me. Treatment was beyond successful for my knee and shoulder. I'm now able to get back to my normal active life style.

Anonymous — Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:39:11
Excellent service from experienced professional
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Excellent service from experienced professional.

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Anonymous — Tuesday, 17 July 2018 23:36:03
Shoulder tear resolved!
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Steven Crear did a fantastic job of helping me overcome a torn labrum in my shoulder. He was very knowledgeable and professional, accommodated my work schedule for appointments and knew exactly what to do to get my shoulder healed. I referred one of my colleagues to Steven

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Anonymous — Tuesday, 17 July 2018 19:54:12
He’s very good therapist,have nice actitud
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All the time the help nice

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Anonymous — Tuesday, 17 July 2018 18:58:04
Outstanding treatment
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After a very serious car accident, I was sent to Athletic Physical Therapy. I'm so glad I came here. I worked with Steve and his assistant, Gloria, for about 8 weeks for my back injury which resulted in a lot of back pain. I have never had a better experience with a specialist. Thank you!

Anonymous — Monday, 16 July 2018 11:27:26
Execellent physical therapist
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I highly recommend Steve; besides his brilliance, he also makes rehab fun and teaches as he goes.

Anonymous — Thursday, 05 April 2018 14:56:49
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Steve Is easy to work with and communicate great!

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Rhommel C — Monday, 12 February 2018 13:09:31