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Why Choose S.P.O.R.T.S.?

How Sports and Orthopedic Therapy Services Is Different, and Why You Should Choose Us for Your Physical Therapy Needs.

Comparing physical therapy clinics is difficult when you have not seen a therapist before, but not all physical therapists and facilities are alike.  Some therapists are generally less experienced and forced to see a high number of patients.  This scenario minimizes the potential for the patient to receive comprehensive care utilizing state-of-the-art approaches.  Most physical therapists provide “quality care,” but when treatment time is limited to less than one hour it is difficult to provide “comprehensive treatment” of patients with complex or multiple problems.  At other clinics, there may only be time to do a cursory exam.  We feel the most important component of treatment is the degree of detail produced in the evaluative process.  One can only arrive at an effective treatment plan after determining an accurate functional diagnosis.

Treatments at SP.OR.T.S. are usually longer than the 45 to 60 minutes common to other facilities.  Each therapist is only asked to see 12 to 15 patients per full treatment day giving them adequate time to conduct a thorough exam and comprehensive program.  After a thorough evaluation of your problem, they will address biomechanical inefficiencies, posture, pain, swelling, strength, and endurance as well as effects from joints above and below the injury site.  The patient is always provided a written home program taking into account the patient’s goals, thoroughly explaining the working functional diagnosis and rationale for each procedure.  New patients are usually scheduled within three working days and often can be accommodated on the day of the call, especially if they are post operative or in significant pain.

We are a clinical internship site for many regional and national doctor of physical therapy (DPT) programs. Robert Grossman, PT, O.C.S. has taught many postgraduate courses locally and around the country on topics such as: assessment and treatment of somatic dysfunctions of the spine and extremities, altered neurodynamics, and “closed chain manipulation” techniques he has developed to address connective tissue restrictions affecting all the joints of the body.  Our therapists are keen on staying current with the literature and are well versed in all forms of manual therapy.

Many facilities have excellent equipment, but less experienced and effective staff physical therapists.  Keep in mind, the more educated and experienced your therapist is, the more complex the treatment program will be.  Advanced techniques and multiple simultaneous procedures take time, and often result in outstanding outcomes, which will include a rapid decrease in symptoms and rapid return to full function.

Philosophy of Care

grossman11The experienced physical therapists at SP.OR.T.S. will plan and administer your individualized treatment program designed to restore functional movement, eliminate pain, and promote healing and recovery from injury or surgery. Treatment plans are designed specifically to meet the needs and stated goals of each client.

The restoration of pain-free mobility, regardless of pathology or dysfunction, is our primary treatment objective.

To attain this goal, our philosophy of care includes hands-on manual therapy and therapeutic exercises using our fully-equipped physical therapy facility.
Your treatment will be monitored by a licensed professional to insure return to your previous lifestyle quickly and safely, from the simplest activities of daily living to the highest level of competitive athletic endeavors.


Sports and Orthopaedic Therapy Services was founded in 1987 by Robert C. Grossman, PT, OCS  and John A. Romero, MA, PT, SCS.  The facility has 3200 sq. ft. of treatment area and office space with isokinetic and other exercise devices, but the emphasis of treatment is on accurate assessment of somatic dysfunctions and their treatment through manual therapy. The treatment population is of all ages, excluding infants.

The founders, Mr. Grossman and Mr. Romero, were chief physical therapists for the Washington Bullets and Washington Capitals during the 1980’s when they were working inFriendshipHeights, where they developed a keen interest in sports rehabilitation and treatment of athletes of all levels from club players to professionals and Olympians.

Together they opened an additional facility inKensington,Marylandin the mid 1990s.  In 2006 the two facilities separated ownership interests with Robert Grossman owning theSilver Springfacility and John Romero taking over the Kensington facility.  Even though the ownership interests have changed, they still operate and share in much of the same intellectual property and cooperate in many other clinical and operational ways.



Our newly remodeled facility (2012) which boasts 3200 sq. feet of treatment and administrative areas is open and inviting.  The new color scheme and art work encourage a healing and safe treatment environment.  You will be greeted by a competent and helpful front office staff member who will be happy to assist you with scheduling, filling out forms, insurance reimbursement or in any way you may require.

Within the facility we provide these treatment modalities/procedures and equipment:

  • Manual Therapy
    Including: Osteopathic Muscle Energy, Strain/Counterstrain, Joint Manipulation, Myofascial Release, Closed Chain Manipulation and Craniosacral Therapy
  • Kinesiotaping/McConnell Taping/Other Strapping Techniques
  • Custom Foot Orthotic Management
  • TENS Evaluation and Fitting
  • Ultrasound
  • Acupuncture Point Stimulation
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Cervical and Lumbar Traction- Manual and Mechanical
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Russian Muscle Stimulator
  • Cervical and Lumbar Traction
  • Therapeutic Exercise and Neuromuscular Reeducation:
    Kinetics Activities Trainer (KAT), Cybex Upper Body Ergometer (UBE), KIN-COM Isokinetic Testing and Training, Neuro Probe Acupuncture, Rebounder and Trampolines, Stairmaster, Dumb Bell and Sandbag Weights, Fitter, SciFitRex Recumbent Stepper, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Polaris Weightlifting Equipment, Fitron Isokinetic Cycle, Treadmill


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  • * Individualized Treatment
  • * Experienced Physical Therapists
  • * Restoration of Pain-Free Function

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