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All Posts By: Dr. Michelle Friedman, DPT

What Do Physical Therapists do?

October is National Physical Therapy Month and in recognition I thought I’d address one of the biggest barriers that I’ve encountered as a physical therapist. The problem is that patients, the public, and sometimes friends don’t know exactly what I or other physical therapists do.  Most of what people know about physical therapy comes from […]

The Best Way to Treat Knee Pain

Knee pain affects 25 % of adults according to the the National Institute of Health. There are many ways to treat knee pain, including medications, injections, and surgery. The latest scientific evidence suggests that the most effective way to treat knee pain is through physical therapy. Physical Therapy uses a individualized holistic approach to treating […]

What is the Best Way to Treat Low Back Pain?

Back pain affects millions of people each year and is the second most common reason for disability. There are many ways to treat back pain, including medications, injections, and surgery. The latest scientific reviews report that the most effective way to treat low back pain is a multidisciplinary approach that combines exercise, mindfulness training, spinal […]

Mental Health Awareness Month from a Physical Therapist’s Perspective

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and, as physical therapists, we cannot overlook the role depression, anxiety, addiction and personality disorders can play in the rehabilitation process.  In my experience working in the healthcare profession and listening to patients describe their experience in the “system,” a mental health diagnosis comes with a lot of stigma. […]

Pain: What’s normal and what’s not

As I scroll through social media today, the day after the Broad Street Run, I see a ton of posts about not being able to move. This is my favorite one: Pretty funny,  but I definitely can relate to the sentiment. I’ve run the Broad Street Run 5 times now and consider it a mini […]