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 Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Osteoarthritis 361 131
Degenerative Disc Disease 322 124
Stiffness/Spasticity 268 99
Fibromyalgia 156 97
Balance problems 127 74
Improve flexibility/strength 84 35

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 63
Moderate 115
Mild 170
None 492

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Physical Therapy

Side effect Patients
Pain 73
Fatigue 29
Muscle aches 18
Back pain 14
Muscle soreness 14
Pain in lower back 14

Show all 131 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Physical Therapy

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 33
120 min weekly 26
90 min weekly 19
180 min weekly 14
30 min weekly 11
45 min weekly 7
150 min weekly 7
weekly 6
60 min monthly 5
40 min weekly 5

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Why patients stopped taking Physical Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 563
Did not seem to work 262
Expense 207
Other 205
Side effects too severe 134
Doctor's advice 96
Change in health plan coverage 67
Personal research 13
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Duration

Currently going to Physical Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 27
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 60
5 - 10 years 54
10 years or more 23

Stopped going to Physical Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 187
1 - 6 months 586
6 months - 1 year 135
1 - 2 years 90
2 - 5 years 93
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 453
Usually 266
Sometimes 86
Never taken as prescribed 35
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 115
Somewhat hard to take 282
A little hard to take 252
Not at all hard to take 191
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 128
$100-199 107
$50-99 48
$25-49 40
< $25 228
Not specified 289
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95 patient evaluations for Physical Therapy

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kschu
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kschu
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

See kschu's full Physical Therapy history

Sep 15, 2016 (Started Jun 10, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Gait problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Unkie
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Unkie
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 35
Condition: TBI 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
TBI

See Unkie's full Physical Therapy history

Jul 6, 2016 (Started Nov 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Corns and calluses)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 28, 2016 (Started Nov 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Corns and calluses)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: it's how I get to the grocery-store
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
tlheyne
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tlheyne
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 62
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
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