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
44
Moderate
77
Mild
119
None
343

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

Patients
68
Patients
28
Hospitalization
Patients
21
Patients
19
Patients
13
Patients
11

Show all 98 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Physical Therapy)
Dosage
60 min weekly
Patients
136
Dosage
weekly
Patients
127
Dosage
120 min weekly
Patients
127
Dosage
180 min weekly
Patients
80
Dosage
90 min weekly
Patients
79
Dosage
as needed
Patients
58
Dosage
daily
Patients
53
Dosage
30 min weekly
Patients
42
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
516
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
241
Reason
Expense
Patients
191
Reason
Other
Patients
185
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
122
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
88
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
64
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
12
Reason
Personal research
Patients
10
See all 1051 patients who’ve stopped going to Physical Therapy

Duration

Currently Going to Physical Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
3
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
8
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
8
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
20
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
27
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
155
Stopped Going to Physical Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
117
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
332
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
203
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
125
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
80
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
107

Adherence


Always
Patients
297
51%
Usually
Patients
198
34%
Sometimes
Patients
65
11%
Never
Patients
23
4%

Burden


Very
Patients
84
14%
Somewhat
Patients
208
36%
A little
Patients
166
28%
Not at all
Patients
125
21%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
197
51%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
93
24%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
71
18%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
41
11%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
25
6%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
156
40%
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: 2 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: All
Stickman: all
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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