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 322 68
Degenerative Disc Disease 276 56
Stiffness/Spasticity 272 78
Fibromyalgia 139 56
Balance problems 118 49
Neck pain 79 26

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Physical Therapy"

Severe
41
Moderate
75
Mild
115
None
340

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

Pain 66
Fatigue 28
Hospitalization 19
Muscle aches 19
Muscle soreness 13
Pain in lower back 11

Show all 94 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Physical Therapy)
Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 133
weekly 127
120 min weekly 127
180 min weekly 79
90 min weekly 76
as needed 58
daily 53
30 min weekly 40
45 min weekly 25
30 min daily 25

Dosages based on patients currently going to Physical Therapy.

Why Patients Stopped Going to Physical Therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 513
Did not seem to work 239
Expense 190
Other 185
Side effects too severe 119
Doctor's advice 86
Change in health plan coverage 64
Not indicated 12
Personal research 10
See all 1046 patients who’ve stopped going to Physical Therapy

Duration

Currently Going to Physical Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 2
3-6 months 11
6 months-1 year 26
1-2 years 32
2 years or more 131
Stopped Going to Physical Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 118
1-3 months 331
3-6 months 204
6 months-1 year 125
1-2 years 79
2 years or more 105
Adherence
Always
291 51%
Usually
194 34%
Sometimes
64 11%
Never
22 4%
Burden
Very
80 14%
Somewhat
203 36%
A little
164 29%
Not at all
124 22%
Cost per month
$200+
91 24%
$100-199
69 18%
$50-99
40 11%
$25-49
25 7%
152 40%
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92 patient evaluations for Physical Therapy

westchester
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Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: g
I have:
MS

See westchester's full Physical Therapy history

May 23, 2015 (Started Feb 05, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 120 min Weekly
Cost: $200+ monthly

Oct 27, 2009 (Started Feb 05, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: Weekly
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
FibroMom63
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FibroMom63
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F52y
CFS:23y Dx
FM:12y Dx
I am: g
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

See lcs's full Physical Therapy history

Jan 15, 2015 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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