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Built For Athletes, By Athletes


We are New York City’s premier
ATHLETE MECHANICS
specializing in Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy,
Sports Performance Enhancement
and Women’s Health.

“PT for people who hate that they need PT.”

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Built For Athletes, By Athletes


We are New York City’s premier
ATHLETE MECHANICS
specializing in Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy,
Sports Performance Enhancement
and Women’s Health.

“PT for people who hate that they need PT.”

 

We’ll fix you for good.

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

In a private, outpatient setting on the Upper East Side of Manhattan,
our Athlete Mechanics will evaluate how your entire body moves
to pinpoint the cause of your pain and prevent it from recurring.

Whether you’re suffering from chronic pain or a recent injury,
in need of post-op rehab 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.

We also recognize that our patient athletes who are or have been pregnant have uniquely specific needs. We carefully consider your entire medical and athletic history and assess your whole body to determine a customized treatment plan to address prenatal, postpartum and pelvic floor issues.

 
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we get it.


Clutch PT was built for athletes, by athletes.
We know how badly you want to return to training
and activity, and how frustrated you’ll be
til we get you there. Let us customize
a functional treatment plan just for you.

Book An Evaluation

we get it.


Clutch PT was built for athletes, by athletes.
We know how badly you want to return to training
and activity, and how frustrated you’ll be
til we get you there. Let us customize
a functional 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 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.

You will receive the highest quality of care and undivided attention from actual doctors — not aides. Your recovery is too important to be treated by someone from the JV squad.

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. 

We’ll address the root cause of your pain, then develop a regimen of injury prevention to maximize your potential and keep you pain-free.  

Our Athlete Mechanics 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

  • Women’s Health
    Prenatal low back, hip and nerve pain, Pubic Symphysis Disorder (PSD), C-section rehab, Coccydynia, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Postpartum return to training/sport performance

  • Pelvic Floor + Sexual Dysfunction

  • Sports Performance

  • 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 doctors who will put you back together again,
and the staff who will make it happen.

Athlete Mechanics


There’s no JV squad here.
Meet the doctors who will put you back together again,
and the staff who will make it happen.

dr. joshua grahlman

FOUNDER + ATHLETE MECHANIC

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

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

Josh has made Clutch PT the premiere clinic for outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. As a boutique clinic, the DPTs at Clutch PT are able to evaluate the entire body and customize treatment to achieve total wellness. Josh takes great pride in doing what’s right for his patients. He stakes his reputation on getting athletes better — not just most of the time, but every time.

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 new techniques in his personalized treatments. 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 marathoner, triathlete, obstacle course racer, avid football, softball and dodgeball player and former wrestler, Josh truly understands the athlete mindset and how important it is to get patients 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 just what they cannot.

With two kids and managing his practice, he doesn’t have a lot of free time, but he loves running and racing with them in the double jogger while his son yells “Faster, Daddy! Faaaaaaaster!”

Dr. Nick Torres

ATHLETE MECHANIC

 Dr. Nick Torres — Athlete Mechanic, risk taker,  @TheManualMan

Dr. Nick Torres — Athlete Mechanic, risk taker, @TheManualMan

As a young risk taker and former collegiate football player from Queens, Dr. Nicolas Torres, PT, DPT experienced firsthand how significantly physical therapy can impact the rehab process. After countless injuries, fractured bones and a couple of surgeries, Nick knew he wanted to become a PT. He earned his doctorate with a concentration in orthopedics and completed a mentorship affiliation in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where he learned advanced manual therapy skills and techniques. Nick is currently working toward a certification in Functional Manual Therapy and Postural Restoration and has completed ten continuing education courses for those specializations. He intends to never stop learning.

Consistent with the Clutch PT approach to athlete care, Nick believes in a hands-on, 360-degree approach to physical therapy, and is extremely invested in the overall well-being of each of his patients. He has also built a significant social media following as @TheManualMan, where he shares his techniques and knowledge. Nick is passionate about making PT more accessible to everyone, empowering patients with information and instruction, and offering a platform for conversation between patients and medical experts. The most efficient, effective treatment comes from a collaborative approach between patients and all the medical professionals involved in their care.

When he’s not in the clinic, Nick is outdoors as often as possible. He bikes, hikes, kayaks and camps with his friends and family, and is a big believer in the effectiveness of HIIT (high intensity interval training) both in the gym and outdoor settings. Still a risk taker at heart, he’s chomping at the bit to try sky diving and rock climbing.

Nick wants every patient to know it is within their power to get better. No one should live with pain, and it’s never too late to seek help. He’s ready to put in the work if you are!

DR. LEXI BURTMAN

CLINIC DIRECTOR + ATHLETE MECHANIC

Dr. Lexi Burtman — Athlete Mechanic, runner, skier, golfer, tennis player, chocoholic. Not necessarily in that order.

After spending many hours in rehab herself as a chronically-injured tennis player in college, Dr. Alexandra Burtman, PT, DPT was inspired to become a physical therapist.  She also just hates to see anyone in pain, and wants to do everything she can to help.

After earning her doctorate, Lexi moved to New York City to focus on treating athletes. In addition to her concentration in sports and orthopedics, she is passionate about women’s health. She’s earned advanced certifications in treating pelvic floor, pre- and postnatal conditions, and we are thrilled that she can bring this level of expertise to our patients.  

Lexi was drawn to Clutch PT’s culture of putting patient athletes above all else. She, too, believes PT should be more than therapeutic. It should ease pain but it should also challenge, strengthen and push patients to achieve their full potential. Since she’s an athlete herself, she also gets the special kind of crazy that drives many of our patients to go after big goals! 

Always down for a tennis match, Lexi wishes it wasn’t so tough to snag a court in NYC. She also enjoys running, skiing, golf, traveling and cooking (at least a little!)

Lexi loves to make her patients laugh as much as she loves helping them achieve their goals. She works hard to make sure patients leave every single treatment feeling inspired and hopeful. With the energy and compassion she brings to her treatments, it’s impossible not to leave feeling better.

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 PT 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.

When she’s not answering your calls as our Patient Concierge, she’s either leading a hard core spin class, 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.

ANDIA SMULL

PATIENT ATHLETE ADVOCATE

 Andia Smull — Patient Athlete Advocate, marathoner, relentless negotiator

Andia Smull — Patient Athlete Advocate, marathoner, relentless negotiator

Andia joined our team to make your life easier. Need someone to fight tooth and nail with an insurance company on your behalf? Andia’s the one you want!

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.