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Bedford's Tricare Offers State-of-Art Physical Therapy

Mark Sirkin uses his Optojump Next, a machine that consists of two bars and LED lights, to measure performance. Photo Credit: Alex Birsh
Sirkin wanted Tricare to be spacious, and he got his wish at 460 Old Post Road. Photo Credit: Alex Birsh

BEDFORD, N.Y. ? The location of the new Tricare Physical Therapy facility on Old Post Road in Bedford could be considered inconvenient, tucked as it is behind a parking lot. But owner Mark Sirkin says it's perfect.

“It was important to me that the location is on the first floor, has available parking and handicap access,” he said. “If you just had surgery for something, you don’t want to have to negotiate stairs, or park down the street. So that was a big deal.”

Sirkin opened his practice on Jan. 1 and believes it provides a service that is not readily available in the Bedford area. “I want to make sure to try and get out there and let people know I’m here,” he said, “because there really isn’t much else around here in terms of physical therapy and rehabilitation.”

The graduate of Ithaca College and New York Medical College in Valhalla practiced for nearly a decade with orthopedic surgeons in Stamford. His wife, who grew up in Bedford, knew about the Old Post Road location because of her local roots, and he was pleased not only with the first-floor location, but also with the spacious interior.

“I wanted it to be big, that way I have the room to do everything I need to do with you. Whether you're an athlete, or someone who’s looking to get back to day-to-day stuff,” he said. “The simplest thing is gait analysis. But I need to have room to see you walk. If we’re in a small room, you’re taking three steps and turning around. That’s not enough.”

He decided to go all out with the purchase of the state-of-the-art Optojump Next, a gadget professional sports teams use to gauge an athlete's performance. With two bars and LED lights running between them, it gives Sirkin all the data he needs to see how much your body  can handle.

“So maybe you’ve sprained an ankle. I’ll have you do simple tests. Then I get the objective data from it and then you’ll have therapy,” he said. “Then, after a few weeks, I’ll put you back in and give you the same group of tests. If you’re better or worse, it’s going to show it.”

Despite the high price tag, the Italian machine and every other piece of equipment was worth it, he says, because they all contribute to what the customer ultimately is looking for.

“We’re a results-driven practice. You come here to get better. So you want to see progress,” Sirkin said. “And that’s one objective way to show you are not only getting better, but here is how much you are getting better over time.”

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