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Dr. Joseph Santigate

Doctor of Physical therapy
  • Profile

Dr. Joe Santigate began his education at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. While at Wheaton, Dr. Joe was a 4 year member of the baseball team and received multiple Academic All Conference Awards. He then went on to obtain his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The College of Staten Island. During physical therapy school, he furthered his education by obtaining his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) designation through NSCA. After graduation, he went on to obtain his Champion Performance Specialist (C-PS) certification. With the combination of his CSCS and C-PS, Dr. Joe is an expert in the rehabilitation and performance enhancement of athletes. Dr. Joe is passionate about helping his patients and athletes reduce their pain, optimize their current level of function, maximize their potential, and achieve their goals whether that be playing with their grandchildren pain free or playing high school, collegiate, or professional sports.


Conditions Treated

  • Sports Injuries (sprains, strains, tendonitis, ligament reconstruction, return to sport)
  • Low back pain (disc dysfunction, joint dysfunction, muscle spasm, spinal instability)
  • Hip pain (osteoarthritis, FAI, gluteal tendinopathy, total hip replacement)
  • Knee pain (post-operative reconstruction, meniscus tear, patellar tendonitis, osteoarthritis, total knee replacement )
  • Foot & ankle pain (Achilles tendinopathy, medial tibial stress syndrome, plantar fasciitis, sprains/strains)
  • Neck pain (disc dysfunction, joint dysfunction, muscle spasm, spinal instability)
  • Shoulder pain (osteoarthritis, pre/post operative rotator cuff and labrum tears, total shoulder replacement, impingement syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome)
  • Elbow pain (medial and lateral epicondylalgia)
  • Wrist and hand pain (carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains/strains, fracture)

Treatments Utilized

  • Expert in the rehabilitation and performance enhancement of athletes
  • Champion Performance Specialist
  • Strengthening and conditioning specialist
  • Range of motion expert
  • Manual therapy procedures
  • Concussion Management
  • Soft tissue mobilization and stretching
  • Functional Exercise prescription
  • Balance training
  • Gait analysis and training
  • Return to sport protocols


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - The College of Staten Island
  • Bachelor of Science - Wheaton College

Doctoral Education

  • Clinical Anatomy
  • Medical Terminology
  • Foundations of Patient Care
  • Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice and Ethics
  • Upper Extremity Kinesiology and Assessment
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Clinical Practice
  • Human Physiology and Exercise Physiology
  • Evidence-Based Research and Applied Statistics
  • Clinical Medicine for Physical Therapy
  • Introduction to Musculoskeletal Examination
  • Research Design
  • Structure and Function of the Nervous System
  • PT Interventions and Preventions
  • Physical Modalities- Clinical Decision Making and Application
  • Lower Extremity Kinesiology and Assessment
  • Pulmonary PT
  • Musculoskeletal Examinations and Interventions I
  • Integumentary System: Assessment and Intervention
  • Clinical Education: Educational Theories
  • Differential Diagnosis in Neurological Evaluation
  • Differential Diagnosis and Intervention in Clinical Orthopedics
  • Introduction to Neurological PT
  • Neurological Interventions I
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal Examinations and Interventions II
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Differential Diagnosis and Intervention in Clinical Neurology
  • Clinical Research and Health Informatics
  • Health Promotion
  • Pediatric Development
  • Musculoskeletal Examinations and Interventions III
  • Radiology and Imaging
  • Topics in Physical Therapy
  • Abnormal Pediatric Development and Assessment
  • Seminar on Organization and Management
  • Pharmacology and Systems Review
  • Electroneuromyography and Motion Analysis
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Acute Care Physical Therapy

Post Graduate Education and Certifications

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Champion Performance Specialist
  • ASMI Injuries in Baseball