All locations currently serve the PT and orthopedic care needs of east Pittsburgh's suburban patients and beyond, delivering unparalleled results-driven service with a staff that has more than 150 years of service combined. We invite you to consider the office nearest to you your #1 resource for all your rehabilitative needs - from non-surgical and post-surgical conditions, to sports injuries, to occupational therapy, and more.
Our East Suburban Sports Medicine practice staff includes therapists, nutritionists, and certified athletic trainers who are all skilled in the latest rehabilitation therapy methods. This diverse team allows us to support both individual patients and local sports teams through high-quality outpatient orthopedic, sports medicine, and physical therapy care in Pittsburgh's eastern suburbs.
The East Suburban Sports Medicine Center, or ESSMC, is able to work with a wide range of insurance policies. Please click the link below for the complete list. If you do not find yours listed, or have any questions related to coverage, please contact us as well as your insurance company. Our staff will do our best to answer your questions and help you prepare for your visit.
Patients without insurance who are self-paying must pay at the time the service is rendered.
John and the entire staff at the Murrysville office did a fantastic job getting our son Chris back on the soccer field in just a few days after he suffered severe back stiffness and spasms. We were able to self-refer to ESSMC for the treatment and therefore able to avoid having to go see a doctor first to get a referral. This allowed us to get efficient and quick intervention to address the problem quickly.
In June of this year, I underwent biceps tenodesis surgery for a torn labrum (SLAP tear). My doctor advised me that recovery was typically 6 months. Three months post-surgery, I have about 99% range of motion restored with no pain. Every single person at the office was an absolute pleasure to work with. I primarily worked with Marielle, who is very knowledgeable and personable. I credit her physical therapy plan as the leading reason why I recovered so quickly. Moreover, I looked forward to my mornings in physical therapy, rather than dreading it. I cannot thank Marielle and the rest of the staff enough for making my recovery the best experience possible. I highly recommend the team at ESSMC.
Dave has a truly caring attitude. He is so professional and knowledgeable. He can be a tough task master but my results have been amazing. I have had two knee replacements and two shoulder reconstructions and I couldn't be happier with the results. He is an extremely positive therapist and I would not hesitate to recommend him to family and friends or to return to his care.
First time to have physical therapy and it was very successful. Mike and the entire staff were pleasant, attentive and made it a very positive experience for me. I would definitely use them again.
I have used ESSMC four times following injuries and operations. The staff is excellent and always addressed my concerns and treated me with respect. When I completed my treatments I was stronger and able to resume my normal activities. I would recommend ESSMC to anyone experiencing pain or mobility problems recovering from surgery or an accident.
I recently received physical therapy for a torn meniscus at the Penn Township office of ESSMC. I was very pleased with the therapy that I received. Christine spent time talking to me about what activities I should refrain from while my knee was healing and also detailed how the physical therapy would help me by making my quads, hamstrings and calves stronger and thereby protecting my knee. Both Melissa and Christine demonstrated the exercises and then always made sure I was performing them correctly. They were upbeat and positive at all of my visits. I would definitely return to ESSMC if I needed additional physical therapy in the future.
Neil and staff in the Penn Hills office were amazing to work with for my knee surgery recovery! The whole staff was courteous, knowledgeable, and kind!
Me and my entire family have worked with Michael and the rest of the staff at the rt. 286 location. They are all extremely professional and considerate. They have flexible scheduling and work to make your time with them enjoyable as well as beneficial. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
After having a total reverse replacement of my shoulder, i experienced an outstanding period of caring and effective treatment. Christine and Melissa gave me expert therapy in a very pleasant and friendly manner. I heartily recommend the personnel of the Penn Township office and would return if the need arose.
There is no other place to go for physical therapy. Christine & Melissa were amazing in getting me back to 110% after a torn ACL. They make being there a positive experience. They genuinely care about your progress and their patients. Thank you for everything.
The Therapist and assistant were excellent and the treatments were excellent
After back surgery for a pinched nerve, I had 6 weeks of physical therapy at this location. Matt and everyone who works there is knowledgeable and caring. The improvement in my walking has been exponential, and it continues to get better every day. I am through with physical therapy at this ESSMC location, but I will continue with the home exercise plan given to me. I expect to be at 100% very soon. Thanks everyone!!
Jessica, Karen , Gloria were the best along with the rest of the staff . They followed the Doctors instructions which made my recovery a great success. I would definitely recommend this office for anyone who needs physical therapy 😀😀😀👍👍👍
The staff at East Suburban Sports Medicine in Penn Twonship are excellent. They are friendly, encouraging, and they helped me work out the issues with my leg in no time. I will not hesitate to return if the need arises.
It was a great experience. Whole staff did Not leave any stone unturned to resolve the problem. Thanks a lot.
Everyone here is friendly, helpful, and professional. My experience with them has been terrific. Went there in a lot of pain, in a few short months I am feeling much better thanks to the treatment and care I received at ESSMC.
Jessica, Teryn and Gloria were a great help in my recovery following my rotator cuff repair. I especially appreciated the one on one attention I received during my course of care.
The staff members at this office are incredible! At each appointment, they displayed genuine care and concern for my health. The exercises and stretches they taught me have helped me heal. Their kindness has meant so much to me. I have always looked forward to my appointments and appreciate all that they have done for me. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone in need of physical therapy.
The staff at ESSMC Penn Township office was fantastic while helping me recover from my injury. Christine not only helped me recover but helped me understand how to prevent a similar injury in the future. Christine and Melissa always provided a supportive and fun environment to work in while being very flexible in scheduling visits.
I have used ESSMC Plum twice now for physical therapy and both times I got great service from their friendly staff. Should I ever need PT in the future I will definitely use them again.
I went to ESSMC Plum with severe back pain from a disc issue. Mike worked with me for about 3.5 months and was able to work the pain completely out. The most important part is sticking with their program, even at home. I never thought that I would be pain free again, but Mike made it happen. I would strongly recommend this facility. They are very friendly, flexible, and understanding.
The staff was extremely professional, helpful and empathetic of what I had gone through to have to come to Physical therapy. They checked in with me to make sure my treatment was helping me make progress each step of the way. Christine and Melissa made me want to work hard in my treatment in order to feel better and have a better quality of everyday life tasks!!!!
Fantastic experience. Very competent, knowledgeable, friendly staff. Got me back into shape.
In January 2015, I had rotator cuff surgery and had my follow-up physical therapy with ESSMC. After 4 months of rehabbing with the staff and specifically Dr. Michael Tardio, my shoulder was completely healed. Since then I have had no limitations or problems with my shoulder. I would strongly recommend the courteous and professional staff of ESSMC.
I had a Rx to help to strengthen my knee after surgery for a torn meniscus and I chose ESSMC for therapy and they helped me a lot with that knee. I was very happy with what they did for that knee and I would recommend them to anyone needing physical therapy.
Very friendly, professional staff! Exercises were clearly explained and very helpful with neck pain issues. I would highly recommend this practice for PT.
Awesome, friendly staff, who would have though you could have so much fun at 7am! They got me back to 100% in no time.
I attribute as much of my recovery to ESSMC, specifically Christine Rapp, as I do my surgeon. In fact, she answers my questions more thoroughly and thoughtfully, and is able to answer questions specific to me. I am so glad that I found this place! The only slightly negative thing I can say is that they have so many patients that it seems the staff is spread too thin. They do a fabulous job despite this and refuse to compromise patient care.
Mrs. Rapp is one of the best!! I was so satisfied with my experience here. Mrs. Rapp’s helper Melissa is a great women too! Wouldn’t wanna go anywhere else, I couldn’t walk my first day and within a week I was back to walking with a straighter leg than before. I recommend Essmc to everyone
I have been treated at ESSMC for several different injuries/conditions over a period of 3-4 years. Every time I completed PT I have felt better and was able to resume normal activities. All of the therapists, assistants, and staff are true professionals who are friendly, and caring individuals. I have every confidence in Dr. Tardio's treatment plan.
The staff and physical therapists are really wonderful. They take the time and listen to their clients and give them the help they need to recover from a surgery or sports injury. I came after a knee operation and they got me back on my feet! They are friendly and I would highly recommend them. If I ever need physical therapy in the future I will definitely go back.
Very happy with Michael and staff at Plum facility Professional and caring. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you Michael and staff
Great place, the staff is the best, from the minute you walk in the door, it's warm greetings. As I did my therapy, the staff was right there to help and were truly concerned for my well being. Although I hope I never need them again, I feel like I made a few new friends. Thanks to you all.
The staff at ESSMC took care great care of me when I was injured. Jeanette was awesome!
They have helped so much with my ACL recovery. I love everyone who works here which makes being there as often as I am much easier and enjoyable.
Matt and the staff were the best!!! Because of their expertise I am able to once more use my shoulder without any pain. Matt is a wonderful therapist who never hurts you but instead increases your strength and rom. I would tell all who will need physical therapy to let Matt get you the best results possible. thank you Matt
The staff was wonderful! Christine and Melissa were very compassionate and knowlegdable! I am very glad I choose this facility for my therapy! I would recommend this facility definately !
Christine really helped to work with me on the recovery of my shoulder! I couldn't be happier with the results
I highly recommend Christine Rapp at ESSMC! She's taken excellent care of my family through various injuries and is not only extremely knowledgeable she takes time to make her patients feel comfortable.
The staff is friendly and so helpful. Always willing to help with your exercises and find a way that makes it easier and more comfortable to do. Also keeping an eye on you to be sure you are doing things correctly and will assist you if it is wrong. Christine is so knowledgeable and thoroughly explains to you whatever you have questions about. Would recommend this facility to anyone searching for a place to go. Thanks to all for getting me back on my feet!!!!
Awesome, caring and healing! Thank you Neil, Alissa, Tina, Cassie and Ann! This facility is the best of the best!
I highly recommend the staff at ESSMC Penn Township office. They are very knowlegable and caring. I have dealt primarily with Christine and Melissa however, you cannot go wrong with any staff member there!!! They make time go fast and they know they’re stuff.
A VERY professional, dedicated and knowledgeable staff!! Pleasant and caring, as well. No matter how busy they are, they are always focused on doing the most that is possible for each client. They work well together and their teamwork is one reason why they are so successful in accomplishing so much. The atmosphere is always calm and relaxing, which is very beneficial when dealing with people who are there because they are in physical pain and anxious about their limitations. It promoted a spirit of community among the clients and made everyone feel better when they were there. It gives them hope that their lives CAN improve. Definitely would recommend this facility to everyone I know..
The organization was knowledgeable and professional. Jeanette's expertise was obvious and her ability to relate to someone more than twice her age was outstanding. Jeanette was empathic, and compassionate while still solving my issues and educating me on continuing therapy. Jeanette is a great asset to the organization.
My daughter was treated at the Plum location by Matt for TMJ issues. Matt was knowledgeable and professional. He truly helped my daughter's jaw pain. I would highly recommend Matt!
Outstanding staff and services. Thank you!