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 of Physical Therapy

Severe
46
Moderate
83
Mild
124
None
365

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

Patients
72
Patients
29
Hospitalization
Patients
23
Patients
19
Patients
13
Patients
13

Show all 109 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Physical Therapy)
Dosage
60 min weekly
Patients
141
Dosage
120 min weekly
Patients
129
Dosage
weekly
Patients
127
Dosage
180 min weekly
Patients
85
Dosage
90 min weekly
Patients
81
Dosage
as needed
Patients
58
Dosage
daily
Patients
53
Dosage
30 min weekly
Patients
43
Dosage
45 min weekly
Patients
28
Dosage
30 min daily
Patients
26

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
537
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
250
Reason
Expense
Patients
198
Reason
Other
Patients
194
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
125
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
87
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
64
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
12
Reason
Personal research
Patients
11
See all 1087 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
7
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
15
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
22
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
37
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
192
Stopped Going to Physical Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
120
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
341
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
211
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
130
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
81
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
111

Adherence


Always
Patients
320
52%
Usually
Patients
202
33%
Sometimes
Patients
68
11%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
28
5%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
90
15%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
216
35%
A little hard to take
Patients
177
29%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
135
22%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
97
16%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
79
13%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
41
7%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
26
4%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
162
26%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
213
34%
Last updated:

92 patient evaluations for Physical Therapy

tlheyne
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tlheyne
Data Quality: 3 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
westchester
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westchester
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See westchester's full Physical Therapy history

May 23, 2015 (Started Feb 05, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Weekly
Cost: $200+ monthly

Oct 27, 2009 (Started Feb 05, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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