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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Osteoarthritis 371 136
Degenerative Disc Disease 330 131
Stiffness/Spasticity 267 101
Fibromyalgia 161 100
Balance problems 127 77
Improve flexibility/strength 86 38

Show all 461 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 66
Moderate 123
Mild 179
None 499

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Physical Therapy

Side effect Patients
Pain 77
Fatigue 32
Muscle aches 19
Pain in lower back 17
Back pain 14
Muscle pain 14

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Physical Therapy

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 37
120 min weekly 29
90 min weekly 22
180 min weekly 16
30 min weekly 8
weekly 8
45 min weekly 7
30 min daily 7
as needed 5
60 min monthly 4

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Why patients stopped taking Physical Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 578
Did not seem to work 266
Expense 215
Other 210
Side effects too severe 135
Doctor's advice 97
Change in health plan coverage 68
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 30
1 - 2 years 30
2 - 5 years 63
5 - 10 years 60
10 years or more 28

Stopped going to Physical Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 191
1 - 6 months 598
6 months - 1 year 139
1 - 2 years 91
2 - 5 years 95
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 470
Usually 272
Sometimes 89
Never taken as prescribed 36
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 124
Somewhat hard to take 290
A little hard to take 260
Not at all hard to take 193
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 133
$100-199 110
$50-99 51
$25-49 42
< $25 235
Not specified 296
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95 patient evaluations for Physical Therapy

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LSK
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LSK
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: mild
I am: n
I have:
MS

See LSK's full Physical Therapy history

Jan 4, 2017 (Started May 27, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Weakness in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Walking problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Osteoarthritis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Balance problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (less free time)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 270 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: This program MS-specific rehab program, Total Fitness & Rehab, is truly amazing. I know that I am functioning much better since I started treatment at TRF & it has been inspiring to see dramatic improvements in others. It is definitely a big time commitment, when I'm missing my free time, I just remind myself of all the benefits.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Sep 10, 2008 (Started May 27, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Walking problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Balance problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: It is important to see a physical therapist who has experience in treating neurologic disorders, not just acute orthopedic-related injuries.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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kschu
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kschu
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 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

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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

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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: None
I am: g
I have:
TBI

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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

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