Welcome to Empire Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
By David Stedjan, PT, MPT, OCS
I formed Empire Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in 2017 with the goal of being the go to problem solver for all the musculoskeletal needs in Valley Cottage, Clarkstown, Rockland County and beyond. Empire Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation is here to deliver highly customized and detailed care for any of the aches and pains that you may feel. We strive to give comprehensive information and treatments every single day to help everyone in our community to be the best they can be.
I have been a Physical Therapist since 2001, was board certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2006, worked with great surgeons, sports medicine physicians, podiatrists, rheumatologists, neurologists, and physiatrists, and taken countless courses that have helped shaped my clinical knowledge…but all you hear is “brag, brag, brag”, and you’re thinking “how is this pompous a** gonna help me?”
The more important question is “WHY?”
My wife, Annamarie, and I moved to Clarkstown in 2006 (just after our Wedding in Piermont). One move and 2 kids later, we have met so many awesome people in our neighborhood and in our school community.
We thoroughly enjoy living here in Rockland County; and as a physical therapist, I felt the calling to be able to help our friends and neighbors to avoid, rehabilitate from, and prevent injuries. Many friends and family members told me to find a job at one of the wonderful PT offices in the area, but as someone who has helped shaped many PT offices in the past I want our friends and neighbors to have the experience that I have thoughtfully crafted my whole career without the barriers that may be part of another PT’s vision for their office. So, I started Empire Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation to be able to give all our friends and neighbors what I consider to be the best care possible--not just a technically superior treatment, but the CARE for you and your life that the people of this community so richly deserve.
The “WHY” drives WHAT we do and HOW we do it!
At Empire Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, we deliver treatments that are 100% based on our examination and evaluation of you. Achieving your goals as our ONE AND ONLY goal. If you need to be strengthened, that’s what we’ll do; more motion?…yup; increased stability (whatever that is)?…yes, that too; or any combination of all of these…we will do whatever it takes to get you back to being the top performer that you always knew you were.
We do physical therapy for athletes, post-op physical therapy, physical therapy for your aches and pains, manual therapy, and even performance training. We want to care for your back pain, knee pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, balance problems, and anything that is limiting your abilities.
“HOW” we are going to be your top musculoskeletal skeletal resource?
When I say “musculoskeletal resource”, that’s not just great care (we promise to always make that a “given” at Empire), but the full service musculoskeletal treatment and informational center of the community. We think that being THE musculoskeletal resource requires us to do 7 things very well.
Quality, comprehensive and customized care
Free Lectures on a wide range of health topics that will enhance your ability to care for your body, as well as your loved ones.
Screenings at Community events, including postural screenings, balance assessments, endurance testing, and others at events like street fairs, senior citizen “get togethers”/clubs, and opening days of sports practice and games.
Free Consultations with our Physical Therapists in our office.
Our list of qualified professionals that we may suggest you consult to assist in your care, including physicians who specialize in cases like yours, personal trainers who understand your needs after an injury, nutritionists, and many others who we feel are good resources as well.
Our performance training program—sometimes physical therapy is not enough to “fix” all your needs after an injury, that is where our Performance training comes in. Our performance training program is the bridge between traditional physical therapy and returning to your sport, exercise program, and social activities.
And…this blog will be filled with information that will help you learn about your body and the ways to keep you being physical, moving forward and living well.
I’m apologize for the “manifesto”, and THANK YOU for staying with me this far. Long story, short…Empire Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation is my way of saying thank you for making my life and my family’s life better by being such a great community. In some small way, I hope to be able to help all of you have as wonderful lives as you have given us by achieving these 7 goals.
All I ask of you, is that you let me know how we are doing. Stop in, stop me on the street, comment on our posts and let me know if we can do any more to be our musculoskeletal problem solver.