Overview

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a rehabilitative branch of medicine in which pain is treated by employing physical practices to manipulate areas that require special attention, instead of directly turning to surgery as the solve-it-all option. 
 

Overview

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a rehabilitative branch of medicine in which pain is treated by employing physical practices to manipulate areas that require special attention, instead of directly turning to surgery as the solve-it-all option. 
 

No Appointments Necessary

Walk-ins are always welcome, or schedule an appointment to reserve a time.

Fast and Specialized

Skip the emergency room wait and receive more specialized attention than at an urgent care center.

Uniquely Certified

Ranking at the top 1% in medical certifications, our doctors are trusted medical directors for the NBA and MLB.

Walk-ins Welcome

Walk-ins are always welcome, or schedule an appointment to reserve a time.

Fast and Specialized

Skip the emergency room wait and receive more specialized attention than at an urgent care center.

Uniquely Certified

Ranking at the top 1% in medical certifications, our doctors are trusted medical directors for the NBA and MLB.

Physical Therapy

About

Physical therapy includes evaluating, assessing, and treating individuals with mobility limitations regardless of their age. It helps in creating body awareness (a benefit that is usually overlooked or underestimated), becoming aware of our movements as we carry out our daily activities, and could significantly help in maintaining good posture and minimizing stress on the joints. People generally turn to physical therapy to progressively restore their pain-free states, to prevent injuries, or to improve balance and physical longevity. If done properly, physical therapy is the ideal conservative form of treatment, capable of bringing better results than surgery. 
 
At SFWIO we understand that physical therapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution and that’s the reason why our treatments are tailored to fit the uniqueness of each patient’s body and conditions. Physical therapy can be an alternative to surgery, a prerequisite to perform surgery, or part of the care regime following surgery. Its benefits and uses are unlimited and can be constantly unlocked by human potential. 

Conditions commonly treated:

• Trauma Surgery

• Sports Medicine

• Arthroscopic Surgery

• Athletic Injuries

• Sports Injuries

• Rotator Cuff Injuries

• Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair

• Hand Injuries

• Fracture Care

• Operative & Non-operative (most) Orthopedic Injuries

• Current Alternative Treatments

  • Pre-operative Care
  • Post-operative Care
  • Non-operative
  • Sports Performance

Before proceeding with orthopedic surgery, it is quite common for patients to have physical therapy. Getting several weeks of physical therapy before undergoing surgery can reduce joint inflammation and improve blood flow to the area. By doing so, the healing process to follow will be shortened and significantly enhanced. 

After surgery, physical therapy could play a vital role in helping you get back to your regular life. At SMWIO we strongly recommend physical therapy as a method of improving range of motion, minimizing scar tissue development, and in general, to obtain a maximized healing process.

There is a common myth that surgery is a solve-it-all solution. Our experience indicates otherwise. We’ve seen physical therapy work so well that sometimes it has eliminated the need for surgery. We’ve also experienced first hand how surgery isn’t always the best route. The outcome depends on the person, and since we are all very unique, so are our treatments. 

Recreational physical activities and athletics require superior physical capacity, and with such, higher chances for getting injured arise. Our doctors’ expertise comes from learning first hand how to treat any type of sport injury. They rank at the top 1% in medical certifications, and are trusted medical directors for the NBA and MLB.

Daniel Gonzalez

M.D.

Dr. Daniel Gonzalez is a sports medicine physician, board-certified in Family Medicine, who completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where he gained significant experience at the highest level of collegiate and professional sports serving as an Associate Team Physician for Georgia State University’s NCAA Division-1 Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Soccer, and Cross Country, as well as an Associate Player Physician for the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake, Georgia. He also had the unique experience of providing medical coverage for USA Track and Field Olympic Athletes during their 2020 Marathon Olympic Trials.

A graduate from Florida State University and Ross University School of Medicine, Dr. Gonzalez completed his Family Medicine Residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey, where he was awarded the 2019 Resident Teacher Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

He has a genuine interest in providing specialized medical care by maximizing nonoperative treatments in order to help you get back to doing what it is you enjoy most in life. Dr. Gonzalez is a native of South Florida who enjoys fishing and boating, as well as traveling in order to experience new places and cultures.

Dr. Scott D. Kazdan

D.O., FAAOS

Dr. Scott Kazdan is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with over 23 years experience. He has been serving West Broward county in private practice with a focus on Sports Medicine and Joint replacement.

He received his Bachelor of Science from Tulane University and his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University. He completed his Orthopedic Residency at Peninsula Hospital Center in New York.

Dr. Kazdan is a General Orthopedic Surgeon treating a wide range of orthopedic injuries and issues. He employs the latest techniques in Surgical and Nonsurgical care. With his knowledge and experience his team will continue to provide outstanding care for their patients.

Dr. Fabian Morales

M.D., MS, CAQSM

Dr. Fabian Morales is one of only a handful of physicians in the United States to be double board-certified in both Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine and certified to practice Age Management Medicine. In addition to the acute management of orthopedic injuries and illnesses, Dr. Morales provides a full spectrum of orthopedic care including diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, fracture management and regenerative non-surgical orthopedics. Dr. Morales has significant experience at the highest levels of professional sports including serving as Medical Director for Event Medical Services at the National Basketball Association. He provides medical coverage for elite level athletes domestically and internationally including NBA Global Games, NBA finals, All Star Games and NBA basketball camps. He has also served as medical director for USA Boxing where he provided medical coverage at ringside for youth and adult boxing matches.

Dr. Morales has a special interest in regenerative nonsurgical orthopedics and Age Management for patients and athletes throughout their lives. He is a pioneer in the use of Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell treatments for a variety of orthopedic conditions.

A graduate of the Rutgers Medical School, Dr. Morales completed a residency at Jacobi Medical Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA where he served as a team physician for Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dr. Morales has been core faculty at the Sports Medicine fellowship at North Shore/LIJ Hofstra School of Medicine in New York and is the current supervisor of the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine rotation at the Emergency Medicine residency program at Kendall Regional Hospital in Miami. He has done multiple presentations and lectures on sports medicine and anti-aging as well as having multiple publications in the field. He has also been interviewed multiple times in television and print on topics relating to sports medicine.

Dr. Morales has been a life long athlete and participates in Mixed Martial Arts and CrossFit/Interval Training.

Dr. Morales is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in both English and Spanish.