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 Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Osteoarthritis 356 126
Degenerative Disc Disease 319 122
Stiffness/Spasticity 268 100
Fibromyalgia 152 89
Balance problems 125 72
Improve flexibility/strength 82 34

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 60
Moderate 110
Mild 166
None 468

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Physical Therapy

Side effect Patients
Pain 71
Fatigue 29
Muscle aches 18
Muscle soreness 14
Pain in lower back 14
Soreness 14

Show all 126 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Physical Therapy

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 37
120 min weekly 33
90 min weekly 28
180 min weekly 15
30 min weekly 12
45 min weekly 10
60 min monthly 8
150 min weekly 5
60 min daily 4
as needed 4

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Why patients stopped taking Physical Therapy

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 552
Did not seem to work 258
Expense 204
Other 201
Side effects too severe 132
Doctor's advice 92
Change in health plan coverage 66
Personal research 11
See all 1090 patients who’ve stopped going to Physical Therapy

Duration

Currently going to Physical Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 60
5 - 10 years 53
10 years or more 27

Stopped going to Physical Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 185
1 - 6 months 577
6 months - 1 year 133
1 - 2 years 89
2 - 5 years 91
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 435
Usually 257
Sometimes 82
Never taken as prescribed 30
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 109
Somewhat hard to take 273
A little hard to take 241
Not at all hard to take 181
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 123
$100-199 105
$50-99 47
$25-49 37
< $25 215
Not specified 277
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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: 35
Condition: TBI
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
TBI

See Unkie's full Physical Therapy history

Jul 6, 2016 (Started Nov 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • side effects
    Mild (Corns and calluses)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 62
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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