What is Physical Therapy?

Category: Physical Therapy

Most Popular Types: Home Physical Therapy, Outpatient PT, Balance and gait training, (Show all)

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See also: Rehabilitation Physical Therapy

Physical therapy (PT) is a component of rehabilitation to build strength, mobility and fitness. PT may be used short term after an injury or long term following traumatic injury or serious illness such as a stroke to regain as much independence and functioning as possible.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Osteoarthritis 316 65
Degenerative Disc Disease 270 52
Stiffness/Spasticity 270 77
Fibromyalgia 139 57
Balance problems 118 48
Improve flexibility/strength 79 20

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Physical Therapy"

Severe
41
Moderate
73
Mild
114
None
328

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Physical Therapy

Pain 66
Fatigue 29
Muscle aches 20
Hospitalization 18
Muscle soreness 13
Pain in lower back 11

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Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Physical Therapy)
Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 133
weekly 127
120 min weekly 125
180 min weekly 80
90 min weekly 77
as needed 58
daily 53
30 min weekly 42
45 min weekly 25
30 min daily 25
Why Patients Stopped Going to Physical Therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 501
Did not seem to work 234
Expense 188
Other 183
Side effects too severe 119
Doctor's advice 85
Change in health plan coverage 65
Not indicated 12
Personal research 9
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Duration

Currently Going to Physical Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 5
1-3 months 7
3-6 months 18
6 months-1 year 29
1-2 years 42
2 years or more 154
Stopped Going to Physical Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 117
1-3 months 326
3-6 months 202
6 months-1 year 121
1-2 years 78
2 years or more 105
Adherence
Always
280 50%
Usually
190 34%
Sometimes
64 12%
Never
22 4%
Burden
Very
81 15%
Somewhat
202 36%
A little
157 28%
Not at all
116 21%
Cost per month
$200+
86 23%
$100-199
70 19%
$50-99
40 11%
$25-49
26 7%
< $25
148 40%
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91 patient evaluations for Physical Therapy

FibroMom63
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FibroMom63
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Most
external_stress: Little
Stickman: all
Description:F51y
CFS:23y Dx
FM:12y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See FibroMom63's full Physical Therapy history

Apr 1, 2015 (Started Apr 01, 2015)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Osteoarthritis: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Aquatic therapy for arthritis and fibromyalgia - try it if it's available to you! In addition to the physical aspects, I experienced an improvement in my mood.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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lcs
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lcs
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Jan 15, 2015 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Stiffness/Spasticity: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 45 min Weekly

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Tulabee
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Tulabee
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Nov 9, 2014 (Started Oct 06, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: Somewhat
Advice & Tips: July 2014. Visit to orthopedist and PT for shoulder impingement.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Nov 9, 2009 (Started Oct 06, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 90 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: My fitsy 3 visits gave me enough exercises for several months. I don't know how often i should see the PT.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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