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Neck Pain

I was sent to SportsCare Physical Therapy by Dr. Burrei. He diagnosed my neck pain as a result of a spinal curve. Before receiving physical therapy treatments I was in so much pain I could not turn my head to the right. After working exclusively with John Fox for two weeks my neck pain decreased. Following one month the pain was gone. The neck exercises that John taught me have increased my neck range of motion and I feel stronger than ever before. I highly recommend SportsCare Physical Therapy and I have already recommended two friends to see John. Thanks so much.

Joan Minniti

I was referred to SportsCare Physical Therapy by Dr. Mauri for neck and shoulder pain. I had trouble lifting my left arm without experiencing pain. The diagnosis was bursitis with a grade 2 impingement. After five weeks of therapy I no longer feel pain. The therapists at Sportscare Physical Therapy thoroughly assessed me and created a plan for me. The information was very educational, the treatment was very effective and the staff was very attentive. I would not hesitate to recommend SportsCare Physical Therapy to friends and family. Thanks guys!

Enrique Liboreiro

Dear John:

I came to you with a lot of neck pain and was discharged six weeks later with no neck pain. How’s that for a success story!

I knew I was in good hands the moment I met you. You are an extremely knowledgeable and trained physical therapist. But just as important, you are a great guy who is caring, friendly, approachable, and has a terrific sense of humor: so much so that I truly enjoyed and looked forward to coming to therapy.

Not only do you conduct yourself in a professional manner, but you make sure your entire staff conducts themselves in the same way. From your office staff to your assistants, they do all their best in making everyone feel welcome and important. Your office staff is extremely efficient and helpful, from telephone reminders about appointments, to scheduling appointments and everything in between. Your assistants were very helpful in teaching me how to use the weights and machines, as well as making sure I was doing my exercises correctly.

Your facility creates and upbeat and positive environment, and a place where I knew I was going to see a huge improvement in my condition. Encouragement was always present, whether in words or actions. I felt I was going to get better whether I liked it or not. There was not an ounce of negativity anywhere. I felt everyone was there for only one reason- and that was for me to get better and better.

I can’t thank you enough for everything that you have done for me, It goes without saying that I will surely recommend you and your facility to anyone I come in contact with who I feel will benefit from your services. I hope I leave you in good spirits and in good health.

Robert Gelenter

Shoulder/Arm Pain

For several weeks prior to starting my therapy treatments at Sportscare, I was in terrible pain in my left shoulder. I decided to visit Dr. Harvey Finkelstein, a pain specialist. He strongly recommended physical therapy in lieu of medication or an operation. It was Dr. Finkelstien’s recommendation that I come to SportsCare Physical Therapy and begin treatments with John Fox.

I have been receiving physical therapy treatments three times a week for the past month. I received a home exercise program which has helped decrease my right shoulder pain which was a result of a rotator cuff injury. The severe pain is gone. I thank Dr. Finkelstein for sending me to SportsCare and John Fox. SportsCare not only reduced my pain but prevented me from undergoing a painful operation on my shoulder. Hats off to SportsCare and John Fox – they are number one on my list.

Joe Falcone

I was sent to SportsCare Physical Therapy by my orthopedist, Dr. Alpert. At first I was believed to have a torn rotator cuff in my shoulder, but x-rays later discovered that there was no tear, just a strain. At first I was a little skeptical about the physical therapy, not expecting the results nearly as quickly as I got them. Before physical therapy, I could barely move my arm. Only 4 weeks later I’m almost 100% and I can fully rotate my arm. I gained total mobility and regained my strength. I would recommend SportsCare Physical Therapy to anybody who has muscle or joint-related problems. The results are fantastic and it helps reduce pain and fatigue. The entire staff was very nice as well.

Jason Piro

Back Pain

I visited Dr. Scarpinata in January 2015. She recommended physical therapy to help relieve the pain in my lower back. I was diagnosed with degenerated discs. I chose SportsCare Physical Therapy of Farmingdale because it was conveniently located near my place of employment. From my first phone call, the staff was polite, professional and attentive to my every need. Tatiana Malkina D.P.T. was assigned to my case. My first visit with Ms. Malkina was for an evaluation of my condition.

During this consultation, Ms. Malkina made an individualized plan for healing my back. Ms. Malkina was very thorough with her examination and explanation of my condition, and confident she would be able to help reduce my pain. I felt reassured by Ms. Malkina’s positive attitude and sincere regard as my physical therapist. She went right to work to try and reduce the amount of pain I was in, even on the first visit. I actually felt immediate relief. Ms. Malkina gave me an exercise plan for home too. With every visit my pain was steadily decreasing. After just 4 weeks of physical therapy I was completely free of any back pain. I immensely regret that I waited so long to go to the Dr. for this pain. Had I known Ms. Malkina would have helped my condition so quickly, I would have sought her services much sooner.

The phenomenal service I experienced at Sportscare went beyond my physical therapist. For example, while in the exercise room the attention I received from the entire staff was incredible. Each and every staff member was kind, considerate, professional and fun! Sportscare helped dispel any apprehension I had about receiving treatment for my condition and I would gladly recommend anyone looking for physical therapy to this great place!

I was sent to John Fox Physical Therapist by Dr. Van Bosse from the Hospital of Joint Disease. I was diagnosed with spondylosis, a fracture in my lower spine.

I felt terrible at first. It limited everything I did. My back was constantly sore. WOW! After being in SportsCare Physical Therapy for 6 weeks I feel great.

Due to John’s extensive knowledge and dedication my back is hardly ever sore and I am able to do more activities. I would definitely recommend SportsCare Physical Therapy.

Chris Martinez

What can I say that hasn’t been said by the patients of SportsCare Physical Therapy.

I had scheduled an appointment with a neurosurgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery with the potential for an operation on my low back for a herniated disc causing pain to travel down my lower leg.

But since I had 10 weeks to wait for the operation, a friend of my daughter recommended SportsCare Physical Therapy. At this point, I was taking 1200mg of ibuprofen as soon as I woke up in the morning so I would be able to walk with minimal pain and another 1200mg in the afternoon. My pain at this point was at a level 8.

Just prior to Christmas 1999, I picked up my 4-year-old daughter and felt a muscle pull in my back. Unfortunately, four weeks later I experienced a fall which caused my existing muscle injury to worsen. I could no longer take the pain and weakness that I felt in my upper back so I made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Thomas Mauri. He x-rayed my back, gave me anti-inflammatory medication (Celebrex) and prescribed physical therapy. This seemed to be the appropriate Rx for muscle strain as it was diagnosed.

John Fox was the physical therapist chosen for my rehabilitation. At first, the sessions included a combination of massage, strengthening exercises and ice. The later sessions included strengthening routines involving different machines and free weights. John was polite yet firm in his treatment approach. He understood that my emotions were frazzled. After all, as an athletic person, I spend much time between tennis and working out. My sports were my stress relievers and since I could not participate in them, depression set in. John knew he had to get my back strong again as soon as possible, so that I could get back to my routine of tennis and weight training. He tailored my exercises to increase my strength and flexibility in tennis. After several weeks, I felt that I was strong as ever. My PT sessions were now over. Several months later, my summer team won a trophy for finishing 1st place in an A position. I felt proud.

John Fox was a good part of my successful comeback in tennis. I realize that my physical therapy experience will always be a part of my life. John reinforced the notion that stretching and strengthening routines are not just a part of repairing an injury but should be a constant part of everyone’s life. I observed both young and old going through this process and realized how important it is for life long fitness.

I have since and always recommend John Fox for physical therapy. His dedication, knowledge and personal attention makes him an “elite” physical therapist. Any patient of his is certainly in good hands.

Rhonda Levy

Hip/Leg Pain

I couldn’t walk 30 feet without stopping to rest to relieve the tension in my left leg. My only relief was to lay down.

So I came to John Fox who said that if I gave him 6 weeks he would get rid of my pain or at least minimize it to an acceptable level – and I thought “yeah, right!” (I had already been to a physical therapist, and nothing worked).

But in seven weeks my pain is gone and has not returned. I cancelled my surgery. Thanks to John and the team of rehabilitation specialists who kept thinking I was a turkey wishbone while stretching me. But thankfully, they never split the wish bone and John kept his promise.

I extend to all of them, my gratitude and thanks for getting me pain free and allowing me to resume activities (i.e., golf, walking, etc.).

Jack Schmidt

Knee Pain

Have done PT in other places and never felt as well as I do now. The quality and caring of the personel here is of the highest standards. They know your needs and work with you giving you the total care needed. You walk out of their facility feeling 99% better than when you walked in. I could hardly walk when I started and today I am leaving walking with more ease.

Phyllis V.

I had an excellent four week program after knee surgery. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly.

Romney A.

Outstanding care. Thanks to this well trained staff i made a complete recoveryfrom a very serious knee injury.

Peter Z.

SportsCare Physical Therapy completely changed my life! I had total knee replacement. I heard wonderful things about SportsCare Physical Therapy, especially John and Tatiana. All the things I heard did not even come close to the care and concern these 2 exceptional physical therapists had for my well being. The rehabilitation was challenging, fun and effective. For those who are reading this testimonial, if anyone in your family is in need of physical therapy, I highly recommend that they seek out John or Tatiana for the care that you look for in a healthcare provider.

Kay E.

To the future patient of Sports Care Physical Therapy,

Felt this was important to write and explain what you are about to go through. In February of 2015 I suffered a major right knee injury. I was to have my 5th knee surgery and the 3rd ACL reconstruction. Of course I was extremely nervous about my future and ability to once again fully recover. After my surgery was completed, successfully, I was now about to start my PT. Of course my doctor, DR. Jeffery Guttman, had his suggestions and recommendations. I was clearly looking for something more local. Through word of mouth and searching the internet, I looked into Sports Care PT. I emailed them with some questions and concerns. Within a half hours’ time I received a call from Joanne at the front desk. She helped me set up and evaluation appointment and then I spoke to Laurie with my insurance info. So far everything seemed seamless. I would soon learn that this was the normal operation Sport Care PT, along with Jessica as well.

The therapist assigned to my needs was Tatiana Malkina D.P.T. Right off from the start I felt very comfortable with how things were being asked and answered during my evaluation. During this time I was also introduced to John Fox P.T, M.A., C.W.T., and owner. My nervousness of a successful rehab was no longer. They both ensured that my rehab would be successful and complete. Within the first few weeks I felt like I could not have made a better decision. Tatiana made me feel like I was her only patient, although she was working with several others. She not only understood my ability to perform some simple task, she helped achieve higher expectations then I had set for myself. I soon came to realize that all I had to do was sit back and listen. At all times she would observe and correct to make sure the rehab was exactly how it needed to be done. She would make small adjustments to make them more effective. Tatiana also made a trip to personally meet my Doctor and thoroughly review my rehab protocol so everyone was on the same page. In all my years I never had a PT do something like that.

A few times during my rehab I would hit a wall and at times seemed to be stuck. Tatiana and John would confer and set things differently so I would see progress in other areas as well. My rehab was not about just my knee, but my mental and full body rehab. My confidence within myself to get through this grew with each appointment. During my rehab there was a few times I would be unable to go, due to vacation. That did not stop the rehab. I was sent with a program of exercises each time and before I left the office, once again it was demonstrated me.

My rehab was long and tedious, eight months in time. Upon my discharge date I felt outstanding. I was able to return to my normal lifestyle. I know it would not have been possible if not for the outstanding care that I had received here at Sports Care Physical Therapy. All through the process my Doctor was always encourage by my progress. I would like to thank John, Kevin, Jessica, Laurie, and Joanne. Most of all I would love to say a huge THANK YOU to Tatina ! Without you and everyone else, my recovery would not have been possible.

Rick Lopos

I was recommeded to SportsCare by a friend of mine. I told my doctor of my decision and he said he was pleased to hear where I was going. I had received a double total knee replacement by Dr Krauss. When I arrived for physical therapy I was hurting, tight, swollen and unable to walk without a walker. Following one day I was walking with a cane. After a few visits I was doing all my exercises and the range of motion of my knees was returning. I used the pool one time a week which was great. The pool really helped relearn what you forgot when it came to walking plus there was no pain in the pool.The one-on-one personal care is greatly appreciated and the friendliness and care is shown to its highest level. It’s a pleasure to come to physical therapy. Thank you.

Mary Ellen Hribok

I was referred to SportsCare Physical Therapy by a friend of mine. My diagnosis was a torn ACL ligament with meniscus damage to the left knee. I initially started physical therapy with John Fox prior to surgery to build leg strength and increase my flexibility. This really helped me in my post-operative phase of my recovery. It has been one month since surgery and I have approximately 135 degrees of range of motion. Swelling and pain have decreased significantly and I am now working with John Fox to regain my leg strength.

I feel I am way ahead of schedule in my recovery thanks to John and his PT program. John is an extremely dedicated professional and works with all his patients to achieve maximim results. I would highly recommend SportsCare Physical Therapy.

Robert Supranowich

Ankle/Foot Pain

I was referred to SportsCare Physical Therapy by my Aunt, uncle, and cousins. My cousins had injured themselves playing sports. When I injured themselves playing sports. When I injured both my Achilles tendons, my cousins told me to see John. My pediatric Orthopedist, Russell Crider, also recommended John for sports injuries.

I first came to John in September. I could barely walk, let alone play soccer. John worked very had and showed great patience with my recovery. I am now playing 3 times a week with little or no pain. I am running, shooting, and scoring in soccer. With everyones help, I was voted MVP goalie in the league.

Thanks to everyone at SportsCare Physical Therapy.

Alex Stein

In September I totally ruptured my right Achilles tendon playing basketball. Dr. Piontkowski surgically repaired the tendon and I was in a cast for 6 weeks. Then the cast was removed, I searched for a local physical therapist to assist in my recovery. My insurance company gave me a few choices and one of the physical therapists I had to choose from was John Fox. When I called, he brought me in almost immediately. The first day I came in I was on crutches. I left that day walking on my own. John’s facility gave me everything (and then some) I needed to get back to normal. His patients (including myself) have a close relationship with him and each other and that is something one can hardly find. After two months of therapy, I am almost at full strength. For an injury that takes six months to a year to heal I feel great at little over two months thanks to John. I recommend John to anyone that wants to feel at home on their way to recovery. Thanks John.

Wayne White