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.

Purpose
Patients
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Physical Therapy

Severe
42
Moderate
76
Mild
117
None
340

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

Patients
66
Patients
28
Hospitalization
Patients
20
Patients
19
Patients
13
Patients
11

Show all 97 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Physical Therapy)
Dosage
60 min weekly
Patients
134
Dosage
120 min weekly
Patients
128
Dosage
weekly
Patients
127
Dosage
180 min weekly
Patients
79
Dosage
90 min weekly
Patients
77
Dosage
as needed
Patients
58
Dosage
daily
Patients
53
Dosage
30 min weekly
Patients
40
Dosage
45 min weekly
Patients
25
Dosage
30 min daily
Patients
25

Dosages based on patients currently going to Physical Therapy.

Why Patients Stopped Going to Physical Therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
514
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
240
Reason
Expense
Patients
190
Reason
Other
Patients
185
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
120
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
87
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
64
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
12
Reason
Personal research
Patients
10
See all 1048 patients who’ve stopped going to Physical Therapy

Duration

Currently Going to Physical Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
1
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
2
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
12
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
26
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
34
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
142
Stopped Going to Physical Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
118
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
332
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
204
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
125
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
79
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
105

Adherence


Always
Patients
292
51%
Usually
Patients
196
34%
Sometimes
Patients
64
11%
Never
Patients
23
4%

Burden


Very
Patients
81
14%
Somewhat
Patients
206
36%
A little
Patients
164
29%
Not at all
Patients
124
22%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
195
51%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
91
24%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
69
18%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
41
11%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
25
7%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
154
41%
Last updated:

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: $100-199 monthly

Oct 27, 2009 (Started Feb 05, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: Weekly
Cost: $50-99 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: b
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
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Cost: Not specified monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
lcs
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lcs
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 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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