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 Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Osteoarthritis 320 68
Degenerative Disc Disease 273 54
Stiffness/Spasticity 272 78
Fibromyalgia 140 57
Balance problems 118 48
Improve flexibility/strength 78 20

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Physical Therapy"

Severe
41
Moderate
75
Mild
114
None
333

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

Pain 66
Fatigue 29
Muscle aches 20
Hospitalization 18
Muscle soreness 13
Pain in lower back 11

Show all 93 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Physical Therapy)
Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 132
weekly 127
120 min weekly 126
180 min weekly 80
90 min weekly 76
as needed 58
daily 53
30 min weekly 42
45 min weekly 25
30 min daily 25

Dosages based on patients currently going to Physical Therapy.

Why Patients Stopped Going to Physical Therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 506
Did not seem to work 239
Expense 189
Other 183
Side effects too severe 119
Doctor's advice 86
Change in health plan coverage 64
Not indicated 12
Personal research 10
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Duration

Currently Going to Physical Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 9
3-6 months 14
6 months-1 year 32
1-2 years 42
2 years or more 151
Stopped Going to Physical Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 117
1-3 months 328
3-6 months 203
6 months-1 year 121
1-2 years 78
2 years or more 106
Adherence
Always
285 51%
Usually
192 34%
Sometimes
64 11%
Never
22 4%
Burden
Very
81 14%
Somewhat
202 36%
A little
160 28%
Not at all
120 21%
Cost per month
$200+
87 23%
$100-199
70 19%
$50-99
40 11%
$25-49
26 7%
150 40%
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92 patient evaluations for Physical Therapy

FibroMom63
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FibroMom63
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Most
external_stress: Little
Stickman: all
Description:F51y
CFS:23y Dx
FM:12y Dx
I am: n
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
Advice & Tips: Aquatic therapy for arthritis and fibromyalgia - try it if it's available to you! In addition to the physical aspects, I experienced an improvement in my mood.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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lcs
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lcs
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Jan 15, 2015 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Stiffness/Spasticity: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 45 min Weekly

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giantsfan4ever
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giantsfan4ever
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See giantsfan4ever's full Physical Therapy history

Dec 1, 2014 (Started Oct 15, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Osteoarthritis: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I'll stick to deep tissue massage which I believe helps me more.

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