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SCAR Physical Therapy

We are Sports Conditioning and Rehabilitation (SCAR) – the area’s leader in comprehensive, hands-on, results-oriented care.

SCAR was founded in 1973 and has become one of the most respected and innovative independently owned physical therapy practices in the Orange County-LA area. We provide the state-of-the-art care you need to get better – fast. Whether you have a new injury or suffer from chronic pain, physical therapy can relieve your discomfort, restore your function, and help you get back to your daily activities or sport.

No other Orange County physical therapy provider offers a more functional and effective approach to patient care than SCAR. Our exceptional team of therapists and other professionals, led by Owner/Executive Director Jim Herkimer, delivers individualized care to patients who have a variety of orthopedic, sports, and work injuries.

Committed to providing a complete continuum of health and wellness services under one roof, SCAR also offers a “boutique” gym with memberships, group classes, personal fitness training, a Pilates studio, and sports performance training for people of all ages, interests, and abilities. Join us to get healthy, stay healthy, and play healthy!

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Welcome to SCAR Fitness

We take an individualized and progressive approach in maintaining and improving your health and well-being.

At SCAR, we work specifically to help people GET HEALTHY as they recover from an injury. We help them to STAY HEALTHY with individualized, age appropriate fitness membership and programs designed by professionals and we help people PLAY HEALTHY with our commitment to provide state of the art programming to improve performance in the game of life.

Our facility offers contemporary, innovative equipment in an inspiring, friendly atmosphere. We have certified professionals in all areas of health and fitness to help you get healthy and stay healthy throughout your lifetime. Our fitness programs include private and semi-private Fitness Training, Pilates, Group Fitness Classes, Nutrition services and Memberships designed to suit your needs.

In addition to exceptional fitness programs, we offer sport-specific performance programs for athletes of all ages (youth to elite adults). Our programs and memberships are unique in that they include Sports Conditioning & Injury Prevention (SCIP), Functional Strength Training (FST), Video Run Analysis, and Sports Performance Training by nationally certified fitness and sports medicine professionals.

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When I started coming to therapy, I was in pain all the time, unable to sleep, and could not do my job (horse training) very well. Now my range of motion and strength are better than before my injury. My pain is gone, and I can do my job pain free. Coming to SCAR and working with Scott has further motivated me to get in the best physical condition I can. I now have a SCAR gym membership and plan to do personal training with Leo. I am excited to find out what I can accomplish! (July 2017)

C. Panttaja

2017-07-26T11:31:59+00:00

C. Panttaja

When I started coming to therapy, I was in pain all the time, unable to sleep, and could not do my job (horse training) very well. Now my range of motion and strength are better than before my injury. My pain is gone, and I can do my job pain free. Coming to SCAR and working with Scott has further motivated me to get in the best physical condition I can. I now have a SCAR gym membership and plan to do personal training with Leo. I am excited to find out what I can accomplish! (July 2017)
Thank you, team at SCAR! I could not imagine walking and getting back to the mainstream of life without all of you. A very special thanks to my therapist, Scott! He is friendly, kind, and caring and worked in my best interest. I can't say enough for all of you! Thanks for being here for people who need help! (April 2017)

Linda D.

2017-06-09T14:28:19+00:00

Linda D.

Thank you, team at SCAR! I could not imagine walking and getting back to the mainstream of life without all of you. A very special thanks to my therapist, Scott! He is friendly, kind, and caring and worked in my best interest. I can't say enough for all of you! Thanks for being here for people who need help! (April 2017)
Great experience at SCAR! Lizz and the other therapists are knowledgeable. Tough but compassionate. Thank you for getting me through a difficult time. Thanks to the front desk staff, too, who were very pleasant and efficient. (April 2017)

Dineen P.

2017-04-07T21:07:53+00:00

Dineen P.

Great experience at SCAR! Lizz and the other therapists are knowledgeable. Tough but compassionate. Thank you for getting me through a difficult time. Thanks to the front desk staff, too, who were very pleasant and efficient. (April 2017)
Coming to SCAR has been a life-changing experience! Lizz was able to make me even better than before my ACL surgery and has taught me all the tools I need to keep strong! I'm beyond grateful for Lizz and the rest of the SCAR staff. This place is my second home. Running for only a few months, I got my mile from 15 minutes to 10:22. Now that I'm a SCAR member, I'm aiming for an 8-minute mile! (February 2017)

Svetlana Z.

2017-02-03T16:07:55+00:00

Svetlana Z.

Coming to SCAR has been a life-changing experience! Lizz was able to make me even better than before my ACL surgery and has taught me all the tools I need to keep strong! I'm beyond grateful for Lizz and the rest of the SCAR staff. This place is my second home. Running for only a few months, I got my mile from 15 minutes to 10:22. Now that I'm a SCAR member, I'm aiming for an 8-minute mile! (February 2017)
Being diagnosed with vertigo was a nightmare. Thank you, Lizz, for helping me regain my equilibrium! (June 2017)

James E.

2017-06-19T16:03:45+00:00

James E.

Being diagnosed with vertigo was a nightmare. Thank you, Lizz, for helping me regain my equilibrium! (June 2017)
My therapist, Scott, was great to work with. This was my second injury that I had treatment with Scott, and both experiences were great. (June 2017)

Joseph P.

2017-06-13T14:31:55+00:00

Joseph P.

My therapist, Scott, was great to work with. This was my second injury that I had treatment with Scott, and both experiences were great. (June 2017)
I've been working with Scott Holman for the past couple of months. When I first came to SCAR, I was 5+ months out from my injury and still experiencing moderate to severe pain in my ankle and low back. Scott's use of manual therapy and rehabilitation exercises has strengthened my ankle and now I experience almost no pain. I'm very happy with the treatment I've received at SCAR and would highly recommend it! (June 2017)

Amy K.

2017-06-09T14:33:48+00:00

Amy K.

I've been working with Scott Holman for the past couple of months. When I first came to SCAR, I was 5+ months out from my injury and still experiencing moderate to severe pain in my ankle and low back. Scott's use of manual therapy and rehabilitation exercises has strengthened my ankle and now I experience almost no pain. I'm very happy with the treatment I've received at SCAR and would highly recommend it! (June 2017)
When I started physical therapy I did not think I would improve that fast. But I feel better than before! I want to thank everyone at SCAR. (June 2017)
2017-06-16T14:50:47+00:00
When I started physical therapy I did not think I would improve that fast. But I feel better than before! I want to thank everyone at SCAR. (June 2017)
The SCAR staff have been helpful and courteous. I arrived initially discouraged with my pain and hindered activity. Now I feel hopeful and encouraged that I know what I need to do and that it will make a difference. Thank you, Lizz! (February 2017)

Tracy S.

2017-02-03T16:09:51+00:00

Tracy S.

The SCAR staff have been helpful and courteous. I arrived initially discouraged with my pain and hindered activity. Now I feel hopeful and encouraged that I know what I need to do and that it will make a difference. Thank you, Lizz! (February 2017)
Caroline's therapy not only helped me get better– it's made me a better runner. I ran the Temecula 1/2 Marathon 10 minutes faster than last year.  I also ran a local 5K on Thanksgiving for a new personal best without soreness. Can't thank you enough!  (Nov. 2016)

Mike B.

2016-11-29T18:00:13+00:00

Mike B.

Caroline's therapy not only helped me get better– it's made me a better runner. I ran the Temecula 1/2 Marathon 10 minutes faster than last year.  I also ran a local 5K on Thanksgiving for a new personal best without soreness. Can't thank you enough!  (Nov. 2016)
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Lizz and Valencia during my physical therapy sessions. They both pushed me to new limits I did not think were possible. I also appreciated the friendly atmosphere and attentive front office staff. Thank you, Lizz, for listening to my stories and for getting me to run again! (Nov. 2016)

Damian M.

2016-11-18T15:11:32+00:00

Damian M.

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Lizz and Valencia during my physical therapy sessions. They both pushed me to new limits I did not think were possible. I also appreciated the friendly atmosphere and attentive front office staff. Thank you, Lizz, for listening to my stories and for getting me to run again! (Nov. 2016)
Excellent staff. Thank you for all your help. Scott and Laura are wonderful! I would recommend SCAR to everyone. God bless you. (Nov. 2016)

Gerry S.

2016-11-10T14:25:16+00:00

Gerry S.

Excellent staff. Thank you for all your help. Scott and Laura are wonderful! I would recommend SCAR to everyone. God bless you. (Nov. 2016)
Considering my injury, it has been an amazing experience.  I never knew places like this even existed. (My doctor) did an awesome job patching me up in surgery, and Kenny put me back on track to resume my normal routine and more. I’ve learned the proper way to take care of my knees and to seek guidance for any future soccer injuries. Thank you so much! (July 2016)

Carlo S.

2016-07-12T18:15:24+00:00

Carlo S.

Considering my injury, it has been an amazing experience.  I never knew places like this even existed. (My doctor) did an awesome job patching me up in surgery, and Kenny put me back on track to resume my normal routine and more. I’ve learned the proper way to take care of my knees and to seek guidance for any future soccer injuries. Thank you so much! (July 2016)
I came to SCAR with low back pain, severe and debilitating at times. Within 2 weeks all my pain subsided, and I have resumed normal activities. Most of the exercises are easy to do at home, and I will continue to do them to prevent any further issues with my back. Lizz's “kneading” of my back with her hands is very effective, too.  I highly recommend SCAR. (July 2016)

Linda S.

2016-07-12T14:34:25+00:00

Linda S.

I came to SCAR with low back pain, severe and debilitating at times. Within 2 weeks all my pain subsided, and I have resumed normal activities. Most of the exercises are easy to do at home, and I will continue to do them to prevent any further issues with my back. Lizz's “kneading” of my back with her hands is very effective, too.  I highly recommend SCAR. (July 2016)
I have been to SCAR two times for ACL rehab. Each time, the staff displayed the utmost professionalism and made me feel welcome. Lizz was fantastic– she got me back into running and soccer as fast as possible. Thank you! (August 2016)

Chris D.

2016-08-18T16:10:00+00:00

Chris D.

I have been to SCAR two times for ACL rehab. Each time, the staff displayed the utmost professionalism and made me feel welcome. Lizz was fantastic– she got me back into running and soccer as fast as possible. Thank you! (August 2016)
I now have full extension in my shoulder after surgery. Excellent treatment at SCAR and knowledgeable staff.  Scott and Jeff are the best.  I’m impressed and recommend SCAR for physical training, injury treatment, and mental attitude. (June 2016)

John V.

2016-06-22T16:47:59+00:00

John V.

I now have full extension in my shoulder after surgery. Excellent treatment at SCAR and knowledgeable staff.  Scott and Jeff are the best.  I’m impressed and recommend SCAR for physical training, injury treatment, and mental attitude. (June 2016)
Everyone associated with SCAR offers support and encouragement. Lizz gave me the confidence to attempt new and increasingly more difficult tasks. Her positive attitude empowered me to strive to regain my pre-injury physical abilities. The atmosphere at SCAR enabled me to maximize my recovery by providing a professional, yet nurturing, therapy program. Thank you! (July 2016)

Pamela K.

2016-07-12T14:29:12+00:00

Pamela K.

Everyone associated with SCAR offers support and encouragement. Lizz gave me the confidence to attempt new and increasingly more difficult tasks. Her positive attitude empowered me to strive to regain my pre-injury physical abilities. The atmosphere at SCAR enabled me to maximize my recovery by providing a professional, yet nurturing, therapy program. Thank you! (July 2016)
I came to SCAR to strengthen my core and low back. I had significant pain at the beginning of treatment.  Now at the end of treatment, pain is very minimal and manageable. With (the therapist's) help and take home exercises, I have improved significantly. I feel the staff and service are exceptional. (June 2016)

Magdaleno R.

2016-06-20T18:59:26+00:00

Magdaleno R.

I came to SCAR to strengthen my core and low back. I had significant pain at the beginning of treatment.  Now at the end of treatment, pain is very minimal and manageable. With (the therapist's) help and take home exercises, I have improved significantly. I feel the staff and service are exceptional. (June 2016)
The facility is one stop for strength training and rehabilitation for the inevitable injuries that plague athletes. When you first walk into SCAR you may be a frustrated runner, soccer player or weekend warrior, but when you are finished with your program there, you will feel like an athlete. The family atmosphere at SCAR makes clients feel welcome but amid the friendly banter, important things happen there. Jim Herkimer and his PT staff can not only fix what ails you, he can make you better, stronger and faster than you were before.

Ingrid L.

2016-04-13T17:17:52+00:00

Ingrid L.

The facility is one stop for strength training and rehabilitation for the inevitable injuries that plague athletes. When you first walk into SCAR you may be a frustrated runner, soccer player or weekend warrior, but when you are finished with your program there, you will feel like an athlete. The family atmosphere at SCAR makes clients feel welcome but amid the friendly banter, important things happen there. Jim Herkimer and his PT staff can not only fix what ails you, he can make you better, stronger and faster than you were before.
The staff were amazing, especially Lizz. I first came to SCAR unable to put on my shoes without sitting down. Now, I’ve made a full recovery and could not be happier. Recently I finished the Boston Marathon pain free! The care and instruction I received were fantastic. The exercises I learned not only helped me recover from my injury, but also will help me prevent future injuries.  I would not hesitate to recommend SCAR to my family, friends, and athletes I coach. Thank you! (April 2016)

William C.

2016-05-05T11:55:25+00:00

William C.

The staff were amazing, especially Lizz. I first came to SCAR unable to put on my shoes without sitting down. Now, I’ve made a full recovery and could not be happier. Recently I finished the Boston Marathon pain free! The care and instruction I received were fantastic. The exercises I learned not only helped me recover from my injury, but also will help me prevent future injuries.  I would not hesitate to recommend SCAR to my family, friends, and athletes I coach. Thank you! (April 2016)
I have successfully been working with Jim Herkimer and the team from SCAR for several years. I have been re-built from the ground up after injuries and have been able to fully come back and compete at the highest level. I train at SCAR for both strength and conditioning while focusing on my core. As a pro cyclist with a very long season, strength and conditioning is vital for my success. Jim and his team have improved my range of motion and strength so well from my shoulder injuries, that they have far exceeded my orthopedic surgeon’s expectations. SCAR has made me into a well balanced athlete and every time I go to SCAR I truly believe I leave a better athlete.

Austin C.

2016-04-13T17:16:06+00:00

Austin C.

I have successfully been working with Jim Herkimer and the team from SCAR for several years. I have been re-built from the ground up after injuries and have been able to fully come back and compete at the highest level. I train at SCAR for both strength and conditioning while focusing on my core. As a pro cyclist with a very long season, strength and conditioning is vital for my success. Jim and his team have improved my range of motion and strength so well from my shoulder injuries, that they have far exceeded my orthopedic surgeon’s expectations. SCAR has made me into a well balanced athlete and every time I go to SCAR I truly believe I leave a better athlete.
The staff’s dedication to their patients and the work-place is unbelievable. They always display the perfect amount of kindness and respect to the patients and each other.  I rate them a 10 out of 10 and would come back if injured again. (April 2016)

Michael A.

5.0
2016-05-05T11:52:35+00:00

Michael A.

The staff’s dedication to their patients and the work-place is unbelievable. They always display the perfect amount of kindness and respect to the patients and each other.  I rate them a 10 out of 10 and would come back if injured again. (April 2016)
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