What is Physical Therapy?

Category: Physical Therapy

Most popular types: Home Physical Therapy Outpatient PT Exercise machines 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

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 47
Moderate 80
Mild 125
None 354

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Physical Therapy

Side effect Patients
Pain 69
Fatigue 28
Muscle aches 18
Muscle soreness 14
Back pain 13
Soreness 13

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Physical Therapy

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 37
120 min weekly 36
90 min weekly 25
180 min weekly 21
30 min weekly 13
weekly 10
60 min monthly 9
45 min weekly 8
60 min daily 5
40 min weekly 4

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Why patients stopped taking Physical Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 547
Did not seem to work 254
Expense 201
Other 197
Side effects too severe 126
Doctor's advice 90
Change in health plan coverage 66
Personal research 11
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Duration

Currently going to Physical Therapy

Duration Patients
0-1 month 4
1-3 months 9
3-6 months 25
6 months-1 year 24
1-2 years 34
2 years or more 150

Stopped going to Physical Therapy

Duration Patients
0-1 month 175
1-3 months 351
3-6 months 218
6 months-1 year 133
1-2 years 89
2 years or more 119

Adherence


Always
Patients
314
52%
Usually
Patients
196
32%
Sometimes
Patients
69
11%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
27
4%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
90
15%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
206
34%
A little hard to take
Patients
178
29%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
132
22%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
91
15%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
78
13%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
38
6%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
29
5%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
157
26%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
213
35%
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93 patient evaluations for Physical Therapy

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Unkie
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Unkie
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 34
Condition: TBI
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
TBI

See Unkie's full Physical Therapy history

May 28, 2016 (Started Nov 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • side effects
    Mild (Corns and calluses)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: it's how I get to the grocery-store
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
tlheyne
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tlheyne
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 61
Condition: Transverse Myelitis 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Transverse Myelitis

See tlheyne's full Physical Therapy history

Dec 8, 2015 (Started Dec 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Weakness of limbs)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Think positive!!

  • 0 helpful marks
Alie
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I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Alie's full Physical Therapy history

Sep 23, 2015 (Started Oct 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fibromyalgia)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 90 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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