Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (561) 841-0666
Whatever your sports injury or orthopaedic condition, the Physical Therapy staff at Palm Beach Sports Medicine are focused on providing you with the personalized care you need and deserve to maximize healing.
Simple stretching exercises can help lengthen muscles and other tissue shortened by restricted activities following your injury, while strengthening exercises can build endurance and restore function.
A physical therapist may employ manual joint manipulation to increase range of motion, or may use massage to ease pain and stretch muscles. Ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and application of hot packs and/or ice are among the conservative approaches used.
TRX Suspension Training
We are excited to announce our latest piece of equipment at Palm Beach Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, The TRX! This is a great device that can be used in physical therapy from elite athletes to people just wanting to get back into shape during their rehabilitation. This suspension device does a superb job working the trunk and lumbar musculature during exercises. It is great for overall stability as well. Research supports that for shoulder athletes (specifically overhead athletes) it is beneficial to incorporate trunk and lumbar strengthening, LE strengthening, flexibility, shoulder strengthening, scapular strengthening, and sports specific exercises where appropriate. This device allows us to do that. It is not just for shoulder athletes though. It can be beneficial for just about every condition we see if you meet our criteria. We recommend that you try it with us first prior to trying this device at your gym. We will help determine if it is appropriate for you, and if so, show you specific exercises with it tailored to your condition.
Eric Wanner, PT, DPT, OCS Director
Eric Wanner, DPT received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. He currently has fifteen publications. Dr. Wanner has presented at Florida Atlantic University College of Education and at the 2013 & 2014 Learn Green Conference & Expo at Dreyfoos School of Arts about “Take Initiative and Manage Stress.”
He is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy. He is also a Certified Clinical Instructor through the APTA, and wrote for the NPTE PTA exam. Dr. Wanner also wrestled at The Ohio State University before having to stop after his fourth knee surgery leading him to turn to Physical Therapy for his profession. He is currently the Director of the Physical Therapy Department at Palm Beach Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center.
Michael Sclafani, PT
Michael Sclafani received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Cincinnati before completing a Sports Medicine Residency at the Cleveland Clinic. During residency he served as the Team Physical Therapist for John Carroll University and St. Edward’s High School, in addition to working with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, and other international, professional, and collegiate athletes. After completing residency Dr. Sclafani worked in the Sports Medicine Center within Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver, Colorado, allowing him to subspecialize in adolescent sports medicine. During his time there he also served as the Team Physical Therapist for the Queen City Rams, a men’s rugby club, as a consultant for the Denver PRO rugby team, and as the Vice Chair for the Sports Medicine group for the state of Colorado.
Dr. Sclafani has published twice internationally and is a reviewer for the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy as well as Physical Therapy in Sport. He is a board certified Sports Clinical Specialist with areas of professional interest focused in sports medicine, the hip, rugby, Crossfit, sports performance, and research. He is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and played rugby for 7 years before a myriad of injuries led him to transition to the sidelines as a medical professional. In his spare time he enjoys paddle boarding, snorkeling, and competing in local Crossfit competitions.
Danielle Frech, PT, DPT
Danielle Frech, PT, DPT received her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science degree and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Central Florida. During her career as a DPT student, her research area of study focused on Kinesiotape and its application in long distance runners. The finished project was presented at Orlando Orthopedics Convention in February 2016. Throughout her college career, Dr. Frech taught multiple different formats of group fitness at UCF. She also worked with a program at UCF that allowed students with physical disabilities to gain independence in the gym setting. She is a certified spin and group fitness instructor and loves sharing her passion for health and fitness with others. Dr. Frech’s passion for health and fitness began in her early teens when she first got involved in spinning classes. Her interest in fitness continued to grow as she was a member of both track and field and cross country teams. She still runs today and has recently just completed her 12thhalf marathon.
David Fielding, PTA
David Fielding PTA, received his AS Physical Therapist Assistant Degree from Indian River State College. David is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Florida Physical Therapy Association. He has participated in various local charity events in support of Autism, Cystic Fibrosis, Breast Cancer, and the Wounded Warrior Foundation. A Florida local born and raised in Vero Beach, David enjoys an active and healthy lifestyle. His hobbies include working out, surfing, free-diving, and spearfishing.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I wear to my Physical Therapy treatments?
When coming to Palm Beach Sports Medicine for physical therapy, please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing like jogging pants with an elastic waist and an over-sized t-shirt or sweatshirt. You therapist needs to be able to easy access your area of injury, and you want to be comfortable during any therapy that involves range of motion. This goes for your footwear, too, especially if you have a lower limb or foot injury.
How many physical therapy treatments should I expect to receive?
Your sports injury or other orthopaedic challenge is different from every other patient we see at Palm Beach Sports Medicine, so the type and number of physical therapy treatments you receive will depend upon your unique circumstances.
The average treatment plan calls for therapy two to three times a week for four to six weeks ( 2 – 3 times a week for 4 – 6 weeks), or 8 to 18 therapy sessions.
How long do the physical therapy treatments last each day?
Physical therapy sessions last approximately one hour each.
What should I expect when I come in for my treatment?
That depends on your rehabilitation and recovery goals. Every treatment plan is customized for each patient. Even patients who have similar goals may find their individual treatment plans varying based on each patient’s medical history, the extent of injury, and the current and anticipated levels of function.
At Palm Beach Sports Medicine we will use various techniques to help each of our patients reach the greatest extent of recovery possible.
Some examples of our treatment methods are:
- Range Of Motion exercises
- Electrical Stimulation
- Balance Training
- Heat and Ice
- Patient Education
What should I do if I need to cancel my appointment for the day?
If you are unable to keep your scheduled physical therapy appointment at Palm Beach Sports Medicine, please give us a call at (561) 841-0666, even if it’s a last-minute cancellation.
We will be happy to reschedule for another day or time.
Thanks to David and Eric for your work and dedication to help me in my rehabilitation. It was a wonderful help and now is in my hands to continue improving each day. Thanks a lot!M Thompson
Dear Dr.Eric. The 2-months-experience at pbspm was indeed remarkable; you as well as David were an excellent guidance for me. I am thankful for your thoughtful help. Should there be any need in the future for physical therapy there is only one way to go.....pbspm. Thank you.G. Abdo
It was an excellent experience (this was the 3rd doctor and physical therapy office I’ve tried) overall. Dr. Randazzo was great as he listened and offered the help that I needed. The PT helped me tremendously! David and Dr. Eric were extremely accurate on the choice of exercises that I needed to help me heal and learn what I have to continue on my own.Maria F
You have a very intuitive healing touch that has helped me so much in my recovery.Carol M
The entire staff was friendly, helpful, and answered questions professionally. Eric and David were both motivational and encouraging. I felt I was a part of the recovery process. Overall the “PT” treatment was excellent and friendly.Pamela Z
Best of the Best! I have been through 3 knee surgeries, 3 physical therapists and this one is by far the best of the best! I wish I knew of them earlier.Dennis
AMAZING! This staff is incredible, helpful and very accommodating. Both David and Eric have extensive knowledge and are extremely patient and caring. They fixed me!!!!Johnny
"Thank you David and Eric for the difference you have made on my condition! You guys are awesome on every level, knowledge and professionalism!!! I would highly recommend your office and I would definitely comeback the next time I need therapy!" Wish you the very best!Mariana
Thank you so much for your expertise!!! You made a painful shoulder tolerable and finally better! Merry Christmas with gratitude.Patty
Conervative Surgeons!!!!! SO REFRESHING!! Physical Therapy worked with the first 2 weeks! The Dr Stiebel was very knowledgeable and wasn't ready to cut like all the other orthos I have seen were. He is conservative and that was so refreshing. He knew Physical Therapy would help and it has!! What a great experience.Derrick
BACK TO WALKING!!! When I came to therapy I was in really bad shape. With the excellent care and treatment from Dr Eric and David I am so grateful to be able to walk and to be at the point I am today. They are without doubt the very best!!! I could not have reached my current range of motion without them. I will be telling everyone and anyone that this is the best place to come for Physical Therapy if you want success.KM
I feel very fortunate to have the experience of having your expertise, patience and kindness which you seem to show to each of your patients. It is remarkable the way your team works together so seamlessly to help us get back on our feet. Much gratitude!O’Heara
Everyone at palm beach Sport.is so interested in your wellbeing.They are so knowledgeable.Bringing you to your goals.Encouraging you every step of the process.So So involved in your recovery. Thanks again! P.s. let's not forget Patricia.for putting up with our constant changing schedules. What a team!!Barb Levey
Everyone was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Dr. Wanner was kind and took the time to explain why we were doing various stretches. I appreciate the help and would recommend others coming here if they had the need. Very skilled staff! Thank you!Sarah J
After six weeks in physical therapy at Palm Beach Spots Medicine, I progressed faster and further than I did with my previous knee rehab. Great job, Eric!Robert L
Very impressed. You all do an amazing job! Thank you!Bob K
I can do more now then before my surgery. Eric, David, and Patti are beyond excellent at their job. I will recommend Palm Beach Sports Medicine to all of my injured friends. Thank you!Jenna C
PERFECTO! Do NOT change a thing! These guys a great in everyday! From the reception, to the doctors and the physical therapists, a 10 out of 10 across the board!Mark
I have always believed in giving credit where credit is due. Needless to say, thank you for doing a great surgical job on both of my knees. This letter is mainly to compliment your physical therapy department. Eric Wanner, DPT and David Fielding, PTA are two physical therapists that you don’t want to lose. They both worked with me and I have nothing but praise for them both. Eric, being the director, is like a juggler keeping all the motions organized and on task. Their constant positive remarks and praise for this patient and, the other patients I observed while in therapy, shows their professionalism and their enthusiasm for helping their respective patients. Their professionalism and the services of everyone who I have interacted with in your office over the years just reassure me of what a fine medical facility that exists in the name of Palm Beach Sports Medicine. If you ever need any comments from a satisfied patient please don’t hesitate in contacting me.Harry W
You have a very intuitive healing touch that has helped me so much in my recovery.Carol M
Than you for patience and expert guidance through my therapy. I truly appreciate everything you’ve done for me.Caroline F
David and Eric are professional, pleasant, and thorough. I would highly recommend them for physical therapy needs.Steven T
Great job, very professional.Sarah R
Thanks so much! You guys gave me my active life back. I will always remember you both.Mary J