What is Physiotherapy?

Category: Physical Therapy

Most popular types: Therapeutic Massage Passive exercise

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Physiotherapy is an allied health profession concerned with the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and disability through physical means. It is based upon principles of medical science, and is generally held to be within the sphere of conventional medicine.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Stiffness/spasticity 116 60
Pain 95 41
General health 41 22
Improve mobility 29 16
Balance problems 20 12

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 9
Moderate 19
Mild 35
None 111

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Physiotherapy

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 6
Pain 6
Muscle fatigue 3
Muscle soreness 3
Tenderness 3
Back pain 2

Show all 24 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Physiotherapy

Dosage Patients Percentage
weekly 3
90 min weekly 2
monthly 2
80 min monthly 1
30 min weekly 1
60 min weekly 1
120 min weekly 1
135 min weekly 1
40 min daily 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Physiotherapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 55
Other 23
Did not seem to work 16
Expense 15
Side effects too severe 14
Doctor's advice 9
Change in health plan coverage 6
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently going to Physiotherapy

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 5

Stopped going to Physiotherapy

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 58
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 98
Usually 52
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 33
A little hard to take 59
Not at all hard to take 68
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 43
$100-199 10
$50-99 13
$25-49 2
< $25 45
Not specified 61
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13 patient evaluations for Physiotherapy

Jan 12, 2020 (Started Jan 24, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 135 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Still going strong.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 20, 2018 (Started Jan 24, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 135 min Weekly
Cost: $200+ monthly

May 26, 2017 (Started Jan 24, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 135 min Weekly
Cost: $200+ monthly

Apr 20, 2013 (Started Jan 24, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 135 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: In July 2012 I did change my physiotherapy to 3 times per week. One is as usual I go and the therapist stretches and moves my mussels. To, I go to swim mixed with number one. 3. I go and bike for 20 minutes and do some pulling for my arms.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Apr 9, 2009 (Started Jan 24, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 135 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Exersise is very impotant. Use it or loose it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 25, 2015 (Started Jan 08, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chondromalacia patellae)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain in knee(s))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 15 min Monthly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 15, 2014 (Started Sep 12, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for motor vehicle accident (MVA) injuries)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Physiotherapist noticed that some of my symptoms may have been from a concussion. my family dr confirmed and I was able to see Vestibular physio to regain balance
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 21, 2013 (Started Sep 12, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for motor vehicle accident (MVA) injuries)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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