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PT FOR ATHLETES WHO HATE THAT THEY NEED PT.



Clutch Physical Therapy specializes in Sports + Orthopedic PT, Post-Op Rehab, Sports Performance Optimization, and getting you to an even higher level of performance than before injury.

Think you’re not an athlete? If you have a body and the discipline and desire to make it move more efficiently — you are.

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PT FOR ATHLETES WHO HATE THAT THEY NEED PT.



Clutch Physical Therapy specializes in Sports + Orthopedic PT, Post-Op Rehab, Sports Performance Optimization, and getting you to an even higher level of performance than before injury.

Think you’re not an athlete? If you have a body and the discipline and desire to make it move more efficiently — you are.

 

We’ll fix you for good.

We’ve staked our reputation on getting people better.
Not just some of the time, every time.

That means our physical therapists evaluate how your entire body moves
to pinpoint the cause of your pain and prevent it from coming back.

Whether you’re suffering from chronic pain or a recent injury,
in need of post-op rehab, making a postpartum comeback or looking to step up your game, we will get you back to doing what you love and help you realize your full athletic potential as soon as humanly possible. Maybe even inhumanly. We’re that good.

 
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we get it.


We know how badly you want to return to training and racing, and how frustrated you’ll be til we get you there. Let’s customize a treatment plan just for you.

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we get it.


We know how badly you want to return to training and racing, and how frustrated you’ll be til we get you there. Let’s customize a treatment plan just for you.

Book An Evaluation

At Clutch Physical Therapy, we provide customized, functional treatments with a full understanding of what you’re going through physically, mentally and emotionally. The wild-animal-trapped-in-a-cage feeling when your body isn’t cooperating? We get it, because we’ve been there ourselves. Our physical therapists were inspired to enter the field after being injured athletes themselves.

At our outpatient clinics on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side of Manhattan, you will receive the best care possible and undivided attention from actual doctors for the duration of your appointment. Your recovery is too important for you to be passed off to aides or assistants.

We also provide camaraderie as athletes ourselves — we’re out there training, competing and fundraising for charities right along with you. We place a very high value on the development of long term relationships with the athletes we treat. 

Our physical therapists specialize in:

  • Sports & Orthopedic Physical Therapy using the techniques of Applied Functional Science, Active Release Technique (ART) and Spinal Mobilization and Manipulation

  • Post-Op Rehab
    Specialization in ACL, Achilles and Rotator Cuff and Labral Repairs

  • Sports Performance Optimization (Adults + Youth)
    Road running (5K to marathon), trail running, ultra running, triathlon (sprint to Ironman distances), golf, tennis, cycling, swimming, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball, softball, weight lifting, CrossFit, yoga, dance, fencing, bowling

  • Soft Tissue Mobilization

  • Biomechanical Video Analysis

  • General commiseration that injury blows

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Athlete Mechanics


There’s no JV squad here. Meet the physical therapists who will put you back together again, and the team who will help make it happen.

Athlete Mechanics


There’s no JV squad here. Meet the physical therapists who will put you back together again, and the team who will help make it happen.

dr. joshua grahlman, PT, DPT, FAFS

FOUNDER + ATHLETE MECHANIC

Dr. Joshua Grahlman — Founder, Athlete Mechanic, marathoner, triathlete, wrestler, Spartan, Ninja Warrior enthusiast, dad, ice cream connoisseur

Dr. Joshua Grahlman, PT, DPT, FAFS earned his doctorate from Columbia University with an orthopedic specialty and has spent his career treating accomplished athletes including four-time World Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington, two Ironman Champion triathletes, an Olympic marathoner and Olympic fencer, and age-group competitors of all skill levels. With an established patient following and desire to provide the athletic community with an unparalleled caliber of individualized care, he founded Clutch Physical Therapy in 2013.

Built for athletes by athletes, Clutch PT has earned a reputation as the premiere clinic for outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. As a boutique clinic, our physical therapists are able to evaluate the entire body — not just individual body parts — and customize treatment to achieve total wellness and optimal performance. Dr. Josh takes great pride in doing what’s right for his patients. He stakes his reputation on getting athletes better — not just some of the time, every time.

Dr. Josh has special knowledge of endurance and overhead sports as well as biomechanics, and has traveled the country to take part in continuing education classes. He is one of just a few DPTs in New York City recognized as a Fellow in Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute for Functional Transformation (GIFT). This expertise allows him to incorporate groundbreaking techniques in his personalized treatments. Dr. Josh is also certified in Active Release Technique and Spinal Manipulation and is a TRX Suspension Training Specialist. He has consulted for Triathlete magazine and CBS News, and regularly hosts clinics about injury prevention and sports performance in New York City.

As a well-rounded athlete, Dr. Josh truly understands the mindset of his patients and how important it is to get them back to doing what they love, and how miserable they’ll be til he gets them there! He also empowers athletes to focus on what they CAN do, instead of what they cannot.

With two kids and managing his practice, he doesn’t have a ton of free time, but as a marathoner, triathlete, obstacle course racer, and avid football, softball and dodgeball player, he’s always up to sub in on any team!

DR. JAMES SINODINOS, PT, DPT, CSCS

ATHLETE MECHANIC +
PERFORMANCE SPECIALIST

Dr. James Sinodinos — always ready to toss a ball around, equally ready to crush a crossword

Dr. James Sinodinos — always ready to toss a ball around, equally ready to crush a crossword

Dr. James Sinodinos, PT, DPT, CSCS earned his doctorate from Columbia University with a specialization in orthopedic rehab. With a unique expertise in treating and optimizing sports performance in young athletes, Dr. James has been an integral part of research teams that have analyzed hip range of motion and strength in adolescent baseball players with upper extremity pathology. 

During the 2019 NFL combine season, Dr. James had the opportunity to work with high level collegiate football players who were preparing to enter the NFL draft. Some of his athletes are now playing in the NFL. He has also worked with players in the MLB and NHL as well as high level D1 athletes. Dr. James’ passion lies in helping athletes perform optimally on the field and keeping them injury-free for the long haul. 

Dr. James was fortunate enough to play collegiate baseball, but a knee injury that required surgery shortened his freshman season. The post-op rehab process led him down the path of becoming a physical therapist, and drives him to help athletes of all levels to understand their bodies, move well with proper mobility and stability, and achieve their highest level of performance. 

Outside our clinic, Dr. James enjoys playing pick up basketball, hitting the weight room, reading good books in Central Park, and solving the NYT crossword. He embodies our culture of athletes helping athletes, and genuinely gets excited about helping each patient who comes through our door to achieve their goals. A true team player, Dr. James also gets excited about our weekly staff meetings! We’re fortunate to have him and his enthusiasm here for our patients.

RAYMOND DELACRUZ, PT, MSPT, CSCS, CMTPT, FAAOMPT

ATHLETE MECHANIC + DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Raymond Delacruz, a.k.a. “Uncle Ray” — equal parts academic, raconteur and adrenaline junkie

Even though his family moved all over the country while he was growing up because his father was in the U.S. Coast Guard, Raymond Delacruz played every sport he could — soccer, wrestling, flag football, volleyball and softball. Being uprooted regularly taught him how to make new friends and relate to people easily — a skill he carried into his career as a physical therapist. Raymond really gets to know his patients as whole human beings, and values the opportunity for one-on-one care here at Clutch PT.

After rehabbing from various sports injuries in high school, Raymond knew he was destined to become a physical therapist. He earned his Master’s in Rehabilitation Science/Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina and trained in orthopedic and manual physical therapy through the Manual Therapy Institute. He’s pursuing his Doctorate in Education from the University of St. Augustine for the Health Science. Raymond believes strongly in the benefits of life-long learning and professional development, as evidenced by his numerous certifications and desire to share his knowledge with his patients and colleagues. (Ask him about the current “Muscle of the Week”!)

You’ll find Raymond to be a unique dichotomy of academic and adrenaline junkie. Whenever he can, he gets his heart thumping with outdoor adventures like white water rafting, sky diving, rock climbing and cliff jumping. But on a daily basis, the rush he feels by helping others achieve and surpass their goals is what drives and motivates him. He is humbled to have a hand in his patients’ success, and feels greater pride in their accomplishments than his own. We’re thrilled to share Ray’s gift of gab, optimism and expertise with our patients.

ANDIA SMULL

PATIENT ATHLETE ADVOCATE

Andia Smull — Patient Athlete Advocate, marathoner, multi-sport athlete, relentless negotiator

Andia joined our team to make your life easier. Need someone to fight tooth and nail with an insurance company for you? Andia’s the one you want! She fights the bureaucratic healthcare machine on behalf of our patients, advocating for the highest caliber of care at the lowest possible cost.

A born and bred UES’er who still lives just 5 blocks from her childhood home, Andia is entirely overqualified for her position. We are lucky to have this life-long, well-rounded athlete, 6-time NYC Marathon finisher and former Director of Marketing for NYRR on our team. Andia’s love for running burns deep in her personal and professional life — as long as those miles are logged outside. No treadmills, thankyouverymuch. 

Andia originally came to Clutch PT as a patient and understands all too well the frustration that comes with not being able to exercise when you want to. She appreciated how devoted our clinical staff is to providing the highest caliber of care, and has become as passionate as the rest of our team about getting patient athletes better.

Andia is an administrative dream come true for patient athletes. She makes their lives better by eliminating roadblocks to their recovery, and ensures our clinic operates like a well-oiled machine.

LAUREN KOSTKA

PATIENT ATHLETE CONCIERGE

Lauren Kostka — Patient Athlete Concierge, ballerina-turned-spin-addict, optimist

Lauren Kostka — Patient Athlete Concierge, ballerina-turned-spin-addict, optimist

Enduring endless rehearsals as a classically-trained ballerina and months of training to become a spin instructor — and loving every minute of it — made Lauren Kostka a perfect fit for the Clutch Physical Therapy team of athletes serving athletes. She embraces the idea that it doesn’t always have to be fun to be really freaking fun.

Lauren is passionate about pushing her limits, shaking things up and laughing along the way. With her heart, eyes and mind open wide, she believes in making every day count, and really savors the ones where everything just falls into place.

Lauren’s role here is to convince athletes to invest in their most valuable asset — their body — and get them to stick to the plan til they’re back to 100%. While they’re here, she does everything in her power to make their lives the absolute best they can be.

When she’s not answering your questions as our Patient Concierge, she’s either killing it on the podium at Ryde Cycling, finding her om at yoga or catching up with family and friends. If you haven’t had a chance to chat her up yet, do it! Her energy is infectious.