What is Physical Therapy (PT)?

Category: Physical Therapy

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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 287 50
Stiffness/Spasticity 244 68
Degenerative Disc Disease 230 40
Fibromyalgia 131 51
Balance problems 115 49
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 (PT)"

Severe
32
Moderate
65
Mild
107
None
287

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

Pain 56
Fatigue 29
Muscle aches 20
Hospitalization 13
Pain in lower back 12
Muscle soreness 11

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Physical Therapy (PT))
Dosage Patients
weekly 127
as needed 58
daily 53
30 min weekly 36
45 min weekly 26
60 min weekly 129
90 min weekly 70
120 min weekly 115
180 min weekly 76
30 min daily 24
Why Patients Stopped Going to Physical Therapy (PT) (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 475
Did not seem to work 222
Expense 178
Other 173
Side effects too severe 106
Doctor's advice 69
Change in health plan coverage 62
Not indicated 11
Personal research 9
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Duration

Currently Going to Physical Therapy (PT)
Duration Patients
0-1 month 2
1-3 months 9
3-6 months 12
6 months-1 year 35
1-2 years 49
2 years or more 180
Stopped Going to Physical Therapy (PT)
Duration Patients
0-1 month 110
1-3 months 318
3-6 months 196
6 months-1 year 109
1-2 years 71
2 years or more 99
Adherence
Always
243 49%
Usually
170 35%
Sometimes
59 12%
Never
19 4%
Burden
Very
70 14%
Somewhat
177 36%
A little
135 27%
Not at all
109 22%
Cost
$200+
73 22%
$100-199
65 20%
$50-99
33 10%
$25-49
25 8%
< $25
136 41%
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90 patient evaluations for Physical Therapy (PT)

StrkL
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StrkL
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
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Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See StrkL's full Physical Therapy (PT) history

Feb 10, 2014 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Balance problems: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Dystonia: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Freezing of gait: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 30 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: I am putting this in a separate category from my regular workout routine. I do this to reduce dystonia and to reduce freezing. My Home Physical Therapy consists of 4 things: 1. Balance exercises; 2. Walking with weights; 3. Walking on my heels; 4. Walking on my toes: Here are the descriptions of what I do: 1. Balance exercises A. I swing a 10-lb dumbbell around my waist while standing on one leg -(2 sets of 30 sec each on right leg, 2 sets of 60 sec each on left leg). B. Standing on wobble board (2 sets of 30 sec each on right leg, 2 sets of 60 sec each on left leg). C. Spins I spin clockwise once, then counter-clockwise once; then I spin CW twice and CCW twice; then CW three times and CCW three times; then CW five times and CCW five times. I do A and B before the rest of my workout; I do C before and after. 2. Walking with weights A. I walk with 15-lb dumbbells for 2-3 minutes B. I walk backward with 5-lb dumbbells for 2-3 minutes I do A and B before the rest of my workout. 3. Walking on my heels A. I walk on my heels for one minute before the rest of my workout B. I walk on my heels for five minutes after I'm done 4. Walking on my toes I walk on my toes for about a minute before the rest of my workout
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 25, 2012 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Dystonia: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 30 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: I follow a specific program to reduce my dystonia. See http://home.earthlink.net/~strkl/ for it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 1, 2011 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Dystonia: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 30 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: My dystonia is worse in my left foot. It becomes pigeon-toed (pointing inward), and tends to twist so that I land on the outside of my foot when walking. In fact, I need to be careful that my ankle doesn't roll over (twisting my ankle). If I concentrate on landing more to the inside of my foot, and trying to keep my foot straight, I can continue to walk for a while. I've worked up to the point where I can walk for a mile or more this way. And I've found that I seem to have built up resistance to dystonia. I can exercise at higher intensity, or for a longer time, before getting dystonia. It used to be that once I went into dystonia, I would have to stop walking or running and finish my workout on an exercise bike or elliptical machine. And I would not be able to walk normally until I took my next dose and waited 30 to 60 minutes for it to take effect. (And it would be preferable to take my next dose immediately, or it would take two hours for me to come on then.) But now, even after pushing through the dystonia, once I shower and change, my dystonia is gone, and I can take my medication on my usual schedule. I do this as part of my regular exercise routine, not as Home Physical Therapy. I've just entered it this way because it seems to be the only way I can do so. I wrote about this in more detail at http://www.patientslikeme.com/forum/pd/topics/100055?post_id=1535080#post-1535080
Cost: < $25 monthly

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whatacall
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whatacall
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: None
Stiffness: Some
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: little
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I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jan 10, 2014 (Started Sep 15, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Osteoarthritis: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Neck pain: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain in shoulders: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Back pain: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Herniated disks in lower back, L4 and L5: Slight
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 360 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: have to keep the muscles moving
Cost: $200+ monthly

Nov 4, 2013 (Started Sep 15, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Degenerative Disc Disease: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Tendinitis: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Osteoarthritis: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Neck pain: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain in shoulders: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Back pain: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Broken Bone: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Plantar fasciitis (painful foot): Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 360 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Helps with after surgery to be able to do more than if I hadn't done it. Breathing in and out helps with minor pain to cool down muscles. Don't go and drive if you are taking pain meds cause you can be charged with DUI.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Sep 20, 2013 (Started Sep 15, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Degenerative Disc Disease: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Tendinitis: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Osteoarthritis: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Neck pain: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain in shoulders: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Back pain: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for Broken Bone: None
  • Perceived effectiveness for Plantar fasciitis (painful foot): Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 360 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: no pain no gain doesn't work with fibromyalgia start low go slow does must believe in your own power to heal yourself from management of pain and stretching muscles and tendons and ligaments. went from constantly being in pain to intermittent pain daily and given me the chance to exercise daily or 5 days a week it does help sometimes just sweating helps the pain. I can or I will sometimes happens in your vocabulary to yourself and others after therapy.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Sep 19, 2013 (Started Sep 15, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain in shoulders: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for Neck pain: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for Degenerative Disc Disease: None
  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Tendinitis: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Osteoarthritis: None
  • Perceived effectiveness for Back pain: None
  • Perceived effectiveness for Broken Bone: None
  • Perceived effectiveness for Plantar fasciitis (painful foot): Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Very
Cost: $200+ monthly

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bokocrew
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Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 20
Condition: Medial Epicondylitis 8 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Medial Epicondylitis

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Nov 4, 2013 (Started Jul 15, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Lateral Epicondylitis of Elbow: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Medial Epicondylitis: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Tendinitis: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 210 min Weekly

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