SPEAR is Counted Among New York’s Future 50…for the Fifth Time!

Posted by | Posted in Community, Events, Fun & Sundry, Inspiration, Our Therapists, Rewards, SPEAR in the media, Team SPEAR-IT | Posted on 04-19-2017

Best Physical Therapy Company in NYC - SPEAR Physical Therapy

Last month, SmartCEO Magazine gathered more than 300 executives to celebrate 60 of New York’ s fastest-growing companies. For the fifth year, SPEAR Physical Therapy was among the companies honored–recognized again for its dramatic and continued growth in both revenue and employee numbers.

Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, President of SmartCEO, said of this year’s Future 50 winners: “These passionate and driven entrepreneurs embody the true definition of leadership. We honor them for their unwavering commitment to building their businesses, shaping our communities and making our region a better place to work and live.”

Good Times (but no drums!)

You might remember, last year’s Future 50 gala saw SPEAR founder and CEO Dan Rootenberg end the evening behind a drum kit, entertaining the masses. This year’s event was no less festive, with many of the SPEAR Team in attendance to celebrate the exciting occasion.

“Winning the future 50 for five years straight is a testament to the growth of our executive leadership team,” Rootenberg explains. “It’s extremely rewarding for me, personally, to see the development of the leaders in our organization, who live and breathe our shared values. When you have alignment culturally and structurally, great things happen.”

The future continues to burn bright for SPEAR, as they prepare to launch two brand-new locations: one in Tribeca (our second downtown location), and the other in Brooklyn Heights–the first outside the  borough of Manhattan. The added convenience of these new locations will mean the chance to rehab more New Yorkers, quickly and safely.

SPEAR is Making Inroads in the Outer Boroughs…Fuhgeddaboudit!

Posted by | Posted in Back to Life, Community, Our Therapists, SPEAR in the media | Posted on 04-18-2017

SPEAR is officially moving to Brooklyn! SPEAR will be the exclusive providers of physical therapy in the newly renovated retail space of the St. George Tower located at 41 Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights. Now so many of our Brooklynite patients can be treated within even a shorter distance of their homes, a convenience they’ve been asking for (and deserve!).

The brand-new 4,500 square foot state-of-the-art facility will feature private exam rooms, a large gym space, a lower-level staff room, and space dedicated for physicians and ancillary services (massage, women’s health, vestibular therapy, etc.). The space is located conveniently next to the 2,3 lines, a short walk from the 4,5,A,C,E, Q and R lines, and just one block from the beautiful Brooklyn Heights promenade with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan.

An Experienced Leader

The SPEAR Brooklyn Heights team will be headed by our current 84th Street Director, Jimmy Olayos. This new location presents a one-of-a-kind opportunity to help the Brooklyn community of patients and physicians get back to life!

“SPEAR Physical Therapy will bring a fresh and modern feel to the healthcare experience in the historic Brooklyn Heights neighborhood,” explains Olayos. “We look forward to serving the Brooklyn community by providing exceptional healthcare services from NYC’s top-rated Physical Therapists along with the five-star customer service experience SPEAR prides itself on!”

The Brooklyn Heights clinic will be open from 7am – 8pm Monday through Friday with Saturday hours coming soon. Walk-ins are always welcome, and no referral is required for commercial insurances. As with all the SPEAR locations, our Physical Therapists will treat any orthopedic condition, general aches and pains, as well as gait and balance dysfunction. We can also work to achieve fitness and weight loss goals.

See you in Brooklyn!


SPEAR On-Call: We’ll Come to You

Posted by | Posted in Back to Life, Community, Injuries, Tips & Favorites | Posted on 04-08-2017

Now it’s easier than ever to get the care you deserve  in New York City. In keeping with our mission of providing accessibility to all New Yorkers, SPEAR Physical Therapy is now providing the ultimate in concierge healthcare service: SPEAR On-Call, delivering the best physical therapists in NYC straight to your hotel room, home or office.

With SPEAR On-Call, you won’t need to navigate subways or busy city streets to receive the care and treatment you need. The convenience of SPEAR On-Call is ideal for travelers staying at Manhattan hotels as well as local New Yorkers who prefer to be treated in the comfort of their own homes/offices. Simply call 646-518-5557 to book your on-location appointment and you’ll be treated by the very same therapists we use in all of our SPEAR facilities—the highest-rated PTs in the city. You can also use the BetterPT mobile app to book an appointment.

Insurance and Billing

You can pay for SPEAR On-Call through your insurance (it will be billed as an out-of-network service, however). You can also pay with cash or card, bypassing insurance altogether.

Call 646-518-5557, or book with the BetterPT app, where you can pick the day you want treatment, then choose your SPEAR therapist. Book your appointment; we’ll come to you.

Baseball Screen Helps Our Youngest Athletes Avoid Injury

Posted by | Posted in Back to Life, Baseball, Community, Education, elbow injuries, Events, Injuries, Sports | Posted on 03-27-2017

Little League Baseball Injury Screening NYC

On Saturday, March 25, SPEAR Physical Therapy hosted a Baseball Injury Screening for the Peter Stuyvesant Little League (PSLL) players as part of our continued grassroots effort to prevent throwing injuries.

Did you know that pitching is the fastest recorded human movement? The amount of force experienced by a pitcher’s shoulder is 1-1.5x that of the person’s body weight! We are doing what we can to help the youngest ball players stay injury free.

Justin Farnsworth, PT, DPT, CSCS, SFMA, CAFS, ran the recent screen which brought to SPEAR some 35 young players. In his time working as a PT in Arizona, Farnsworth, a college-level athlete, conducted similar assessments  many times for ball players at all levels of the game, including many major league athletes.

Physical Therapy Baseball Screening in NYC

Farnsworth explains the importance of the baseball screen to these young players. “There is a high incidence of players as young as middle and high school who are getting elbow/shoulder surgery due to injuries sustained during throwing. Screening allows to identify players who are at risk and catch them before these injuries develop. It also allows us to give back to the community and service players who need it.”

Identifying Risk

The PSLL athletes who attended the screen were put through a series of seven short tests designed to assess critical components of a pitching delivery. The goal was to identify any players who would be considered at risk  for injuries related to throwing. Players who were determined to be vulnerable to elbow or shoulder injuries received injury-preventing tips and corrective exercises from members of the SPEAR team.

NYC Baseball Injury Physical Therapy Screening

Screen Now, Play Later

The importance of these assessments should not be overlooked for players of this age. With a little education in motor control and some targeted strength exercises, most at-risk players are able to reverse their tendency toward injury in just a few sessions with the right physical therapist.

Any baseball team interested in this type of functional screen should contact us at 212-759-2282.

Thanks to everyone who came out! All of us at SPEAR Physical Therapy wish you a safe and winning season!

Physical Therapy to Preventing Baseball Injuries

SPEAR Opens its New Murray Hill Facility

Posted by | Posted in Back to Life, Community, Our Therapists, SPEAR in the media, Women's Health | Posted on 03-18-2017

Physical Therapy in Murray Hill NYC

We are proud to announce the long-awaited opening of our SPEAR Murray Hill location.

This new state-of-the-art physical therapy office is located on the ground floor at 143 East 34th Street near Lexington Avenue. This convenient location will serve commuters in the midtown area, as well as residents of the Murray Hill neighborhood.

Natalia Farnsworth PT, DPT has been named the Clinical Director of this flagship location. Natalia has a passion for getting New Yorkers back to life and enjoys treating a variety of conditions (with a special interest in women’s health).

“Being here on street level allows more convenience and accessibility for our patients, which is key in New York City,” says Natalia.


Jeremy Crow PT, DPT, CSCS, SCS, Director of Clinical Education at SPEAR, will also be treating patients at SPEAR’s Murray Hill location. Jeremy served as a field-of-play physical therapist for the volleyball venue at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, and is looking forward to sharing that experience with his patients.

The opening of additional SPEAR locations allows us to reach more New Yorkers, and in turn, help more of them get “back to life”. This office, in particular, offers an open-air layout with vaulted ceilings and a “gym feel.” But it also has a more refined look that makes patients feel comfortable.

SPEAR has been growing rapidly, adding six NYC locations in just the last two years. In fact, SPEAR has been recognized by both Inc. 5000 and Smart CEO Magazine multiple times for being one of the fastest-growing businesses in the country. The biggest award of all came in late 2016 when SPEAR was named the “Top Private Physical Therapy Practice in the Nation” by the American Physical Therapy Association, the first practice in New York to achieve this distinguished award.

Murray Hill Physical Therapy Clinic - SPEAR