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 379 139
Degenerative Disc Disease 338 135
Stiffness/Spasticity 267 101
Fibromyalgia 164 103
Balance problems 131 79
Improve flexibility/strength 87 39

Show all 463 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 67
Moderate 125
Mild 183
None 508

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Physical Therapy

Side effect Patients
Pain 78
Fatigue 33
Muscle aches 19
Pain in lower back 18
Muscle pain 16
Soreness 16

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Physical Therapy

Dosage Patients
120 min weekly 35
60 min weekly 33
90 min weekly 25
180 min weekly 16
30 min weekly 12
45 min weekly 8
30 min daily 8
270 min weekly 6
as needed 6
weekly 6

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Why patients stopped taking Physical Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 582
Did not seem to work 269
Expense 215
Other 210
Side effects too severe 135
Doctor's advice 99
Change in health plan coverage 69
Personal research 13
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Duration

Currently going to Physical Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 33
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 66
5 - 10 years 61
10 years or more 26

Stopped going to Physical Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 193
1 - 6 months 602
6 months - 1 year 140
1 - 2 years 92
2 - 5 years 95
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 482
Usually 275
Sometimes 90
Never taken as prescribed 36
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 126
Somewhat hard to take 298
A little hard to take 262
Not at all hard to take 197
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 134
$100-199 115
$50-99 52
$25-49 42
< $25 239
Not specified 301
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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

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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: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
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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