Renewal Rehabilitation

click to enlarge Mike Anastasas of Renewal Rehab. - ERIC SNIDER
Mike Anastasas of Renewal Rehab.

Rehabbing that surgically repaired shoulder or bad knee is only slightly more appealing than a root canal. Other than offering state-of-the-art exercises that bring patients back to health, the best thing a physical therapy shop can provide is some fun to counter the pain and all that huffin’ ’n’ puffin’. That’s where co-owner Mike Anastasas and his staff excel. Renewal Rehab, a small facility adjacent to a doctor’s office in Hyde Park, is not stacked with state-of-the-art machines, but Renewal makes up for that with knowledge and guidance (and lots of elastic bands). And because of the close quarters, a certain camaraderie, even friendship, develops between regulars. Doing the same set of rotator cuff exercises as the person next to you is a perfect conversation starter. Jokes and barbs fly around, debates break out and plenty of laughter reverberates throughout Renewal Rehab. And the next thing you know, you’re feeling better and don’t have to come anymore. 613 S. Magnolia Ave. #2, Tampa, 813-254-9475,

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