Recovery from Achilles Surgery

I came to Physical Synergy after my Achilles surgery July 1st 2018 because physical therapy at my surgery center wasn’t helping my recovery. My goal was to run in the 2019 NYC marathon. Dr Mike, Dr Charlie and Jim worked on me physically and mentally. I was back to running by November 2018. I had countless complications from my feet to my back during training. I couldn’t have continued my training without the expertise, instructions and work done by both Dr Charlie and Dr Mike. I was able to run the 2019 NYC marathon in under 4 hours, all because these guys believed in me! Graston, adjustments, muscle work, physical therapy, yoga, motivation and humor! Now I’m in peak shape mentally and physically!

Jack G.

Back pain

I was having chronic back pain since March 2017 which remained stagnant and did not get any better with time. I was recommended to Physical Synergy by a close friend patient. Since coming to Physical Synergy, my back pain has been relieved, does not occur as often and my body feels better as a whole. The biggest surprise I’ve had since coming to Physical Synergy is how quickly I was given relief for my back pain. I believe that my goals have been achieved but I can always have more. It will continually be a work in progress. My ultimate goal is to never have back pain again. I have already recommended family and friends to come to Physical Synergy. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and professional. They really care about you and your well-being. 

Steven L.


What brought me to Physical Synergy was pain from a shoulder impingement that was bugging me for about a year, most likely from years of heavy weight training.

My good friend, Evan Centopani, recommended and encouraged me to seek help from Dr. Mike at Physical Synergy after telling him about my issue. Taking his advice, I made an appointment, and the rest is history.

Now, over a year later, the benefits I’ve experienced as a result of coming to Physical Synergy and seeing Dr. Mike on a weekly basis have been tremendous. Not only does my shoulder no longer bother me, it only took about three visits for the pain to completely subside which was amazing on many levels. The pin point muscle treatments allow me to train with greater intensity, provide quicker recovery time from muscle soreness and improve range of motion, keeping me injury free so I can continue to stay focused on my goals as a body builder.

When recommending friends and family, I tell them they are going to wish they had known about Physical Synergy long before they tried all the “other” options. 

-Anthony L.

Grade 3 ankle sprain:

I heard through family that they (Physical Synergy) could heal my injury. I have had amazing treatment and great explanation on what they have felt was going on! My recovery time has been incredible and was able to get myself back to work which was my original goal! If you need to get your injury taken care of correctly and quick go here! 

- Andris F.

On New years I was experiencing discomfort in my lower back with pain shooting down my left leg. Dr. Charlie and I have known one another for years and he recommended that I come see him to get dry needling and stretched by him. I found with dry needling my muscles were able to relax and helped me recover in just one month. I have zero pain in my lower back or legs and I still have some numbness in my left foot but day by day it is getting better. I would highly recommend Dr. Charlie and anyone at Physical Synergy because they go above and beyond to help you with any problem you have. 

- Robert M.

“I came to physical Synergy after persistent pain in my shins and knee due to ACL tear last year. I had been coping with it through Advil but decided that something needed to be done to fix it because it was getting worse and I was entering a long intense spring season. After hearing about Physical Synergy through a friend (who gave a lot of positive comments about injury recovery) I decided to make an appointment. After one visit I left with immediate relief in my shins, Dr Charlie located the pain quickly and came to a solution on how to treat it. I began getting it massaged and doing physical therapy where I’ve seen great and fast results in only a matter of days! I have less pain at practice and I definitely will be staying after the feeling of relief. Also: I highly recommend Physical Synergy to anyone struggling with any kind of injury because not only will they treat/diagnose it effectively and efficiently, they have a very kind welcoming staff that makes you feel comfortable.”

- Zelle H.

“ 8 years ago I began having hip problems. Four years ago I injured my back as well. I progressively and rapidly experienced a debilitating functional decline. When I came to Physical Synergy I hadn’t been able to walk without a cane in over 3 years. I couldn’t sit, bend, turn, or carry anything. I hadn’t been able to hold either of my children in years. I had tried other physical therapists and chiropractors without benefit. Immediately I could tell that Physical Synergy was different than any other place I had been to. Doc Charlie took the time to listen to me. He then designed a plan that was unique and specific to me. Within a few weeks I noticed an immediate difference. I began doing exercises again, this time without any pain. Jim has tremendous expertise and attention to detail, and has since developed a robust physical therapy plan for me. It has been 3 months since I have needed a cane. I can do 100 pushups, 20 pull ups, and 100 squats. I can bend over, carry my children, and wrestle with my sons. People say that I look like an entirely different person and I feel that I am getting my life back. I myself am a physician and I can say personally and professionally that there is no place like Physical Synergy. They welcome challenges, care about patients, celebrate success, and have an incredibly high level of expertise. I would recommend without reservation Physical Synergy to anyone and remain continuously grateful for all they have done for me.”

- Douglas L.

“I came to Physical Synergy with a torn labrum in my right hip. I came because the folks at Physical Synergy had helped me a year before with a herniated disc and I knew they were the best! Since working with Charlie, Jim, and Theresa, I have gone from agonizing back, hip, and thigh spasms to doing all manner of exercises virtually pain free.

I highly recommend Physical Synergy and I tell others all the time that Physical Synergy is the One-Stop-Shop for healing.”

- Katie M.

Physical Synergy was highly recommended to me by a friend after my doctor diagnosed me with a herniated disc in my back that was causing back & calf pain. Through a combo of chiropractic care & Physical Therapy, Dr. Alex, Frank & Jim have helped me make great progress. The difference between how I felt when I limped in for the first visit and how I feel now- back to being active & with the confidence to start running again- is night and day. The team taught me how to take much better care of myself holistically, so that I’ll be stronger & smarter after this experience than I was before; and on top of it all, Dr. Alex, Frank & Jim made recovering from an injury fun! Keep up the great work guys! Thank you!

- Lindsay C. 

I will turn 60 in five months. I started running the Fairfield Half Marathon ten years ago in 2004. It has been one of my favorite races and something I look forward to, but due to problems with my leg, I was forced to sit out last year. I volunteered to help at the beach and although interacting with the runners was a lot of fun, I left feeling very empty. I had just finished six months of physical therapy for my sciatica, which my orthopedist had diagnosed as the cause of my problem. The PT didn’t help and the pain was such that I never thought I would be able to run again. Even walking was difficult. Both the orthopedist and therapist told me to stop running and advised me to take up another hobby - but I still wanted to run. I needed to run. I was so discouraged, I googled Physical Synergy when I got home because you had been recommended to me by my friend and banker. I left an appointment request online and was surprised to receive a call on my way to work the next morning, letting me know there was an available appointment that afternoon. When I got to the office and was handed medical information forms to fill out including a line drawing of the body, asking me to identify and describe the pain I was experiencing, I knew I was in the right place. I had printed out a similar drawing and highlighted the different areas of pain for my orthopedist, who refused to look at it. At that first exam I was told the problem was with my IT band, not the sciatic nerve. After my first session, I left feeling better and more encouraged than I had in years. When was asked what my goal was, I replied it would be great to run a mile or two every now and then. I was told that wasn’t good enough, that I should be able to run as much as I wanted to. Although I had some ups and downs over the next seven or eight months, we found the best way to treat my problem and I had hope that I might be able to continue running.

In April I began a fairly serious training schedule. Over the last nine weeks I have run 140 miles, which combined with some tweaks to my diet earlier in the year, helped contribute to losing 24 pounds. I’m writing today because earlier this morning I finished the Fairfield Half Marathon - with a new personal best time. I would never have been able to accomplish this - or even dreamed of it, without all the help and encouragement that everyone at Physical Synergy has given me over the past year. Thanks for making such a huge difference in my life. With much thanks and gratitude,

- Bob W. 

I had been diagnosed with a spinal condition 4 months ago. I’ve been going to a Physical Therapist all along. My basketball coach had been pushing me to see Dr. Mike. After two months I gave in. After an hour consultation he explained what was going on with my specific case, we went right into his treatment. I can honestly say that, that one hour with Dr. Mike improved my condition more than two months of ‘traditional’ physical therapy!

- Zachary T. 

All of the staff at Physical Synergy was extremely helpful with everything they did. They were clearly very knowledgeable and did everything they could to relieve my pain and stop it from coming back. I would highly recommend Physical Synergy to anyone that is struggling with any sports related injuries.

- Jordan A. 

I came to Physical Synergy due to a work injury of my low back and neck. Frank was and is still a big part of my recovery process. Frank is very knowledgeable about what exercise you should be doing to benefit yourself and strengthen.

- Kim Marie C. 

I started going to Physical Synergy from a friend’s recommendation to see Dr. Mike Troknya. Many times, while waiting, Frank would do stretches and exercises with me. Frank is very knowledgeable and always tried new things I had never seen or heard of at other places. Frank is a very nice person and very professional. Frank is always concerned about your health and helping.

- Loren C.

Two herniated discs in my lower back were the cause of daily discomfort. Physical therapy provided temporary relief but did not solve the problem. On the advice of a friend, I went to Physical Synergy. After six months of treatment that incorporated a total body and lifestyle approach I was stronger, lost 15 pounds and, most importantly, no longer suffered from daily discomfort. The Physical Synergy team are dedicated professionals that have enhanced my life.

- E. Greene

I came to see Physical Synergy for intense sciatic nerve pain. Dr. Mike, Frank, and the team helped to relieve my pain and solve my issue. Dr. Mike even saw me on Saturdays and Sundays when I was injured. What I have appreciated most is the individualized attention. I would recommend Physical Synergy to everyone and already have!

- Ben C.

I was experiencing right shoulder pain over the past few months and finally decided to get some professional help when the pain was waking me up at night. I had heard about Physical Synergy from friends at work and loved the concept of treating the whole person using chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage. Dr. Alex diagnosed my problem within the first few minutes of examining me and went to work treating me. He used ART to loosen the tight muscles and incorporated physical therapy and massage to compliment his work. Frank was also crucial to my recovery, using physical therapy specific to my needs. I can’t thank Dr. Alex enough for his expert and professional care!

- Patti F.

As I was doing a simple exercise, I made a big mistake that resulted in a torn meniscus. Right after surgery to remove the issue, I worked with Frank, Dr. Alex, and Betsy to rehabilitate and get back to the simple things in life that were so hard to do. Within a three-month period, I made amazing progress because of the physical therapy, therapeutic massage, and deep muscle and tissue manipulation. However, it was not only the expertise that made the experience healing. The environment is soothing, the personable staff really gets to know you, and you look forward to going. I highly recommend Physical Synergy, and my advice is to seek out their help now – whether it is preventative or for rehabilitation, you will benefit more than you can imagine – mentally and physically.

- Kristina R.

I’ve been a patient for many years, and have been in awe of Dr. Mike and his entire staff. Whether it’s just for maintenance adjustments or a specific issue his entire team works on the problem together, always keeping each other updated on your progress or tackling your injury in a new innovative way. The staff is personable and caring – always checking in on your progress. Along with the therapy massages, your treatments are full service!!

- Karen F.

I have been a patient of Dr. Mike’s for well over 15 years. I started coming to Physical Synergy just after it opened in its original location in the Bobs shopping center in the heart of Fairfield. Over this time, I can say that Dr. Mike and his staff have been there for me time after time. They are all highly qualified and skilled in doing whatever it takes to get my injuries healed and strong again. I am a cameraman that works in film and TV production. It is an incredibly demanding job that pushes my body to the limits. Dr. Mike and his staff have always been there for me working around my very demanding schedule. They have always found a way to make the time to get me in and get me going again. The facility is a great place of positive energy…with incredibly talented massage therapists with years of knowledge that get right to the issue at hand (pun intended). They have a great physical therapy/weight training area led by Frank who is not only highly skilled in his knowledge and craft but he is also a great guy with tons of positive energy to keep you going and focused. Frank always takes the time to make sure you understand the right way to exercise and that you are doing the treatment properly. In my opinion, the hot yoga studio is one of the best in Fairfield County. The space itself is a beautiful room with great natural daylight. The yoga instructors are some of the best around with a great selection of different types of yoga. I can’t say enough good things about my many years of experience at Physical Synergy. It’s a great place to come for healing.

- Jim O.

Excellent facility. Friendly therapists/staff/doctors. Long-term patient attendance – with Jim Morris for 7 years!

- George P. J.

I came into Physical Synergy with knee pain. I had injured my inner knee 5 years prior and was told that it was tissue damage and that nothing could be done. After a hiking trip this past summer I couldn’t take it anymore. My family had been coming to Physical Synergy so I decided to give it a try. Not only did Dr. Alex pin-point the pain; he told me that I had been living with a pulled adductor. More importantly, he could fix it! I have been working with Dr. Alex and Frank for a while now and feel great. They were so willing to help and listen when I needed to modify something or was hurting. They have become friends to me now and I love going to see them every week! I feel stronger than ever and cannot thank them enough for it!

- Lauren

My issue was general soreness and fatigue in my left arm. I was constantly tight in my arm which limited my abilities as a baseball pitcher. I was recommended by Joe Torre, owner of the organization I play ball for, The Black Sox. I began working with Dr. Alex and Frank and I immediately noticed results in my arm, my velocity increased, and I felt stronger and MUCH healthier! Their approaches were so unique from what I was used to and really helped me utilize my untapped potential. I liked that these approaches gave me instant pain relief that lasts constantly and I can feel the relief in my everyday activities. These guys are awesome and have helped me TREMENDOUSLY as a professional baseball player.

- Zack Z.

I recently visited Physical Synergy on the advice of my tennis pro after I'd come down with a sudden, inexplicable back injury. At 37, I'd had no history of back problems. And as a tennis pro myself, I rely on my body to be in optimal shape. I'd gone into Physical Synergy with the intention of getting my back healed and getting back onto the court.

After meeting with Dr. Mike, I quickly realized that my back injury was a symptom of minor, but long lasting imbalances throughout my body that had been there for years. Dr. Mike hardly spoke about my back, but focused instead on my legs and their overall tightness. What sets PS and Dr. Mike apart is that they diagnose problems from their subtle origins.

Each treatment is a mixture of education about the body and its systems, a lesson on diet and nutrition, and of course, the physical treatment of the issues themselves. Afterward, his expert staff guide me through preventative and palliative care exercises to ensure that I get the most out of my treatment.

Needless to say, my back issues have cleared up. I'm now playing and teaching at a higher level. The larger point for me though, is that with the help of Dr. Mike and his staff, I've reignited a desire to be healthy at every level. I'm more educated about what's going on for me physically, and therefore more empowered to take control over my own health. I believe that Dr. Mike and staff have cleared the way for me to have a long and productive career in a field that requires optimal health.

- Kieran M.

My problems were to do with knee and lower back issues for which I had several other opinions. Seeing Dr. Troknya was refreshing in as much as he looked at and treated the musculature contributing to my lower back pain. He also helped tremendously with my decision to avoid knee surgery. I found the Physical Synergy Team friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable.

- David B.

I can't thank the staff of Physical Synergy enough for helping me in my rehab process. From the front desk to the back room, the entire staff was friendly and as helpful as possible. They run their operation very smoothly and soundly and make you feel very comfortable whenever you are there. I am a current collegiate football player coming off of shoulder surgery so getting back to 'normal' as quickly as possible while doing so in a safe matter was crucial for me. Thanks to Frankie and the doctors at Physical Synergy, I was able to do it quicker than I could've imagined, all the while making my shoulder even stronger and more stable than before. Doc. Alex, Doc. Mike and Jim all do a phenomenal job aiding you in the rehab process as well as being very helpful and answering any questions I had. The staff is extremely well-educated and always has the clients best interest at heart. To make things even better I think I've made a few more friends in the process between the other friendly clientele and the staff. Everyone that attends the facility and works here makes it a great place to be a part of.

- Andrew O.

I found Physical Synergy through a Google search- after receiving ART treatment out-of-state. I had a very painful shoulder, and to a lesser extent, elbow and SI joint. I worked with Dr. Mike and mostly with Frank in the rehab room. The mobility in my shoulder is greatly increased and pain during activity diminished, although not totally gone. The approach, to my knowledge, is unique and thorough. I felt like my recovery was paramount and the “team” so supportive. What a fantastic facility; I’d recommend to anyone.

- Amy C.

“I came to rehab following shoulder surgery. Frank, Jim and the doctors at Physical Synergy were an excellent team. That’s the difference here, good guys who know what they are doing, helping you as a team. This also opened the way to staying in shape better after rehab, thanks to all.”

- Glenn F.

I had ACL surgery in my right knee and completed traditional PT, but because of my job I needed to take my therapy to the next level. Physical Synergy was able to provide job-specific therapy to get my knee where it needed to be. Frank, Kevin and the doctors at Physical Synergy designed a program that got me back to work and feeling comfortable.

- Kevin P - firefighter

Problem: Partial tear in bicep tendon

Came to Came to Physical Synergy on referral from a friend.
The doctors at Physical Synergy have been helping me not only with my shoulder problem but with alignment/structural problems. As a result I have less pain in my shoulder and legs.

I love how you have training, massage and yoga in addition to chiropractic care.

- Larissa S.

I had chronic hamstring issues which resulted in frequent strains/pulls. It (Physical Synergy) was recommended by a friend. Physical Synergy staff (Dr. Mike, Betsy, Alecsa, Stephanie, Frank etc.) helped me solve my problem. My problem was solved with brute force, and the approach was unique. I liked that the approach was thorough and it WORKED!!! My throwing arm has peaked while working with PS staff!

- Michael C.

“I’ve been coming to Physical Synergy for the past year due to a lower back subluxation, and later, rotator cuff irritation. The staff here hasn’t been anything less than incredible. Dr. Mike and Frank helped isolate the source of my pain, and developed a unique, creative solution to the problem which fit my injury, abilities, and lifestyle. I’ve seen more progress in as little as one visit than I would ever imagine achieving on my own. Their approach complimented my lifestyle, and even provided the tools to continue healing on my own time. Everyone on the staff is super friendly and excellent to work with!”

- Mike E.

I have been seeing the doctors at Physical Synergy for several years now for a variety of issues. Recently, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and have been given a big machine to sleep with every night. It wasn’t a treatment that I felt I would be consistent with so I decided to visit Dr. Mike. I saw immediate results with the treatment. I felt rested when I woke up in the morning but most important my wife was very happy because my snoring was completely gone.

- Michael M.

“As a Division 1 College athlete coming off shoulder surgery I needed to ensure a quick and “effectfull” recovery. At Physical Synergy they did just that through their individual 1 on 1 care. With a combination of the doctors, Frank, and Jim I can proudly say at four months post-surgery I am feeling strong and confident in their work, as if I was at another place. Their detailed work produces positive work on any injury or pain helping athletes get back to the field even stronger than before. “

- Paul S.

The staff at Physical Synergy have been instrumental in my transition from a person with casual workout habits, to a person who enjoys working out daily. Between the therapy and massage treatments that have improved my well being, to the knowledge and positive attitude of the personal trainers the experience at Physical Synergy is simply inspiring. They let you work at your own pace while gently pushing you to do more. The overall environment of the place is one of friends and family. You walk in and both patients and staff greet you with a smile that makes you eager to return.

-Paul G. (Realtor)

Since beginning treatment, at Physical Synergy, not only does my back feel better, but the doctors at Physical Synergy taught me a lot about diet and nutrition. Within a few treatments, I feel nearly 100% better for a condition that has been bothering me for months.

- Sheri G.

I suffered from daily discomfort as a result of two herniated disks in my lower back. Physical therapy only provided temporary relief. Looking for better results, I went to Physical Synergy. After six months of treatment with a total body and lifestyle approach, I was stronger, had lost 15 pounds and most importantly, no longer lived in daily discomfort. The staff at Physical Synergy are patient and dedicated professionals.

- Edward G., Fairfield P.D. #124

Physical Synergy has given me a new life. Before I came here I could barely walk. I was unable to kneel and my pain had gotten the best of me. Today, I have good mobility, I feel energized, and my whole life has taken a turn for the better. I even feel younger. I strongly believe that God brought me to Physical Synergy.

- Rafaela M. (pastor)

I started going to Physical Synergy in November of 2007. Since then I have dropped a significant amount of weight and feel better than ever! By developing the right physical and nutritional program for me, they have been able to help me build my strength and endurance. As a result, I am in the then best shape I have been in in years, my blood pressure has come down and my confidence level has gone up!

- Kathleen Y.

I am more in tune with why something may not feel right and how to change that. I came here with terrible back pain from two bulging discs and have become perfectly functional again by strengthening the muscles around the discs. Simple, but critical to my recovery.

- Laurie O.

I was recommended to see the doctors at Physical Synergy for my right Knee pain by a friend. I have been going to physical synergy for about 3 months now, mostly for my right knee pain. I would like to say that my knee pain is gone and now working on strengthening the muscles around my knees so that it doesn’t come back again! I have seen the doctors at Physical Synergy and their professional team for other musculoskeletal issues as well. They are all very friendly, helpful and attentive to your pain/issues you are having.

- Jinne S


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Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I came to Physical Synergy after my Achilles surgery July 1st 2018 because physical therapy at my surgery center wasn’t helping my recovery. My goal was to run in the 2019 NYC marathon. Dr Mike, Dr Charlie and Jim worked on me physically and mentally. I was back to running by November 2018. I had countless complications from my feet to my back during training. I couldn’t have continued my training without the expertise, instructions and work done by both Dr Charlie and Dr Mike. I was able to run the 2019 NYC marathon in under 4 hours, all because these guys believed in me! Graston, adjustments, muscle work, physical therapy, yoga, motivation and humor! Now I’m in peak shape mentally and physically!"
    Jack G.
  • "I was recommended to see the doctors at Physical Synergy for my right knee pain by a friend. I have been going to Physical Synergy for about 3 months now, mostly for my right knee pain. I would like to say that my knee pain is gone and now working on strengthening the muscles around my knees so that it doesn’t come back again! I have seen their professional team for other musculoskeletal issues as well. They are all very friendly, helpful and attentive to your pain/issues you are having."
    Jinne S.