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Dr. David "Tony" Friedrichs is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT). He grew up in St. Peters, Missouri and is a proud alumnus of Francis Howell Central High School. Dr. Friedrichs was appointed to the United States Air Force Academy in 2003 where he received high honors for academic, athletic, and military performance. He later went on to complete degrees in exercise science (Summa Cum Laude), Spanish, and physical therapy at Saint Louis University, graduating at the top of his class. Dr. Friedrichs was certified as a Level III manual physical therapist in 2013. In 2015, Dr. Friedrichs established his private practice to provide patients with more one-on-one time for guided rehabilitation exercise, education, and hands-on treatment. Dr. Friedrichs enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two young children. He continues to play baseball in the St. Louis Men's Baseball League. He also sits on the External Advisory Board for Saint Louis University's physical therapy program.
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Physical therapy is much more than "just exercise." Your PT's job is to provide the right physical stress, with the right dosage, to the right tissue or structure in your body. If done properly, this often results in a successful recovery through your body's natural process of tissue adaptation and remodeling (just like muscles that grow with resistance exercise, and bones that become more dense with proper loading). While it sounds simple, determining the appropriate stress, dosage, and body tissue can be quite complex, and not all PT's are created equal when it comes to solving this important equation. When it comes to rehabilitating your injury or surgery, your therapist matters.