My only regret is that I didn't come here sooner.

Our Staff

Michael Hope PT, Dip. MDTMichael Hope PT, Dip. MDT

Prior to working as a physical therapist, Michael Hope trained college and professional football players in performance enhancement skills. He trained the West Virginia Mountaineers, the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Steelers and other professional players. He is one of the pioneers of the current concepts for improving pass protection skills for high school, college and professional football players.

As a rehabilitation specialist Michael has consulted/treated high school and college athletes from all over the country. He has worked with strength athletes from all over the world as well as soldiers in Iraq. He has successfully rehabilitated professional football players and he consults with professional football and college strength coaches on knee, shoulder and spinal rehabilitation.

Mr. Hope specializes in treating challenging patients that have shoulder, knee or spinal conditions that have previously failed to progress in physical therapy


  • Graduate Diploma, Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy: The McKenzie Institute
  • BS, Physical Therapy: University of Pittsburgh
  • BS, Exercise Physiology: West Virginia University

Work Experience:

  • 1996-present: Owner, Summit Physical Therapy, LLC
    Syracuse, Manlius, Oswego NY
  • 1991-1995: Staff Physical Therapy, Health America
    Pittsburgh, PA


  • EPIC Lift Capacity Evaluator

Special Projects:

  • Trains high-school, college & professional athletes on skill enhancement techniques


  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • The McKenzie Institute, USA

Consulting & Lecturing

  • Has lectured on the topics of shoulder/knee and spinal rehabilitation
  • Has consulted with NFL players and NFL strength coaches on rehabilitation.
  • Has consulted with Division I strength coaches from across the country.
  • Has consulted and rehabilitated NFL players.
  • Contributor to Elite Fitness a website dedicated to information to help in sports performance and rehabilitation of athletes


"Mike Hope is the most sought after rehab specialist in the country. As strength and conditioning coaches, our goal is to prevent injuries before they ever happen. Over the years, Mike has been a tremendous resource for us in making sure our athletes stay healthy. When we have a rehab/prehab question he is the first person we think of for help."

Sal Alosi
New York Jets

"I was introduced to Mike Hope 5 years ago. In the process of coming back from a bilateral hernia repair I injured my low-back. I went through an athletic trainer, a sports medicine doctor, and physical therapist before someone suggested I contact Mike. Within 10 minutes on the phone Mike was able to give me a diagnosis and exercise prescription that enabled me to compete again after a 10-year layoff and achieve a personal best squat of 560 in the 181 sub-master division. Since my initial introduction to Mike I have gone to him with many difficult situations regarding athletic injuries both regarding myself as well as my athletes. Mike always takes to time to explain to me what the problem is and where it may have stemmed from in terms that a non-physical therapist such as myself can understand. He goes out of his way to help his patients as well as other in the field. When in comes to athletic injuries he is the first person I would send someone to! "

Tim Kontos
Assistant Director for Sports Performance
VCU Athletics

"Michael Hope has been a driving force in assisting me over the past five years with the treatment and diagnosis of sports related injuries with our athletes, both males and females. Michael knowledge and practical application of the types of exercises and treatment best fit each individual case is what makes him unique in his approach, and he is not a “one size” fits all physical therapist. This is the one reason why I only use Michael because I know he will take the time to treat each individual athlete, which leads to proper diagnosis and in turn drives the proper treatment to insure long-term improvement and a healthy return to the athletes chosen sport."

Mark McLaughlin
Owner – Head Trainer of Performance Training Center

- Selected in the August 2009 edition of Muscle & Fitness as one of the Top 10 “Toughest Gyms” in America
- Trainer to Kevin Boss TE of the 2008 NFL Super Bowl Champion New York Giants

I have worked with college and professional athletes for almost thirty years. Working at the University of Pittsburgh I have access to some of the finest researcher and rehabilitation specialist in the country. However when I have problems I call Michael. The word best is reserved for the very few… Michael Hope is the best.

Buddy Morris
Strength Coach - Atlanta Falcons

Locations & Hours

Syracuse Physical Therapy1054 James St.
Syracuse, NY 13203
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T: (315) 422-2912
F: (315) 422-3538

Mon - Thu:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm

103 West Seneca St.
Manlius, NY 13104
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T: (315) 682-3387
F: (315) 682-3392

Mon, Wed: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue, Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Additional times by appointment only.

Oswego Physical Therapy91 East 1st St.
Oswego, NY 13216
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T: (315) 216-6688
F: (315) 216-6703

Mon, Wed: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue, Thu: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

4136A State Route 31
Clay, NY 13041
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T: (315) 303-4212
F: (315) 303-4163

Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm