Blog Posts by Dr. Michelle Friedman, DPT – Page 3

6 Simple Stretches for Pelvic Floor Pain and Tightness

There are many causes of pelvic floor spasm and tightness. Sometimes nerve irritation from infection or low back injury can cause the pelvic floor to spasm. Another cause is overuse of the pelvic floor muscles during stabilization of the pelvis during movement. This happens if hip or abdominal muscles are weak and the pelvic floor…

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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…

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When the Therapist Becomes the Patient: My Guide to Healthy Wrists

Several months ago while on vacation, I had a bad bike accident. I was riding on a rocky, unpaved road and hit a big rock. I went flying off my bike and hit the ground hard! Severe burning and pain to my right hip quickly ensued, but I was able to stand up and walk…

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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.…

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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…

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