What is Outpatient PT?

Category: Physical Therapy

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Generic name: 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 40 21
Degenerative disc disease 34 11
Fibromyalgia 15 10
Balance problems 13 12
Stiffness/spasticity 11 11
Improve flexibility/strength 9 9

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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
7
Moderate
12
Mild
24
None
53

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Outpatient PT

Side effect Patients
Muscle pain 4
Pain 4
Soreness 4
Fatigue 3
Muscle spasms 3
Increased pain 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Outpatient PT

Dosage Patients
weekly 5
90 min weekly 4
120 min weekly 4
daily 3
45 min monthly 2
60 min monthly 2
45 min weekly 2
240 min yearly 1
100 min weekly 1
135 min weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Outpatient PT

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 53
Other 20
Did not seem to work 17
Expense 13
Side effects too severe 13
Change in health plan coverage 10
Doctor's advice 7
See all 94 patients who've stopped going to Outpatient PT

Duration

Currently going to Outpatient PT

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 3

Stopped going to Outpatient PT

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 54
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 49
Usually 34
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 36
A little hard to take 27
Not at all hard to take 21
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 14
$100-199 18
$50-99 8
$25-49 1
< $25 25
Not specified 30
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5 patient evaluations for Outpatient PT

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

  • 2 helpful marks

Nov 12, 2012 (Started Sep 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for gait training)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bursitis)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for osteoarthritis)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for ataxia (lack of coordination))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 21, 2011 (Started Sep 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for gait training)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for ataxia (lack of coordination))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for osteoarthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 27, 2010 (Started Sep 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for gait training)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for ataxia (lack of coordination))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: for shoulder pain. PT had me stop doing certain exercises while working out.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 15, 2012 (Started Feb 14, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in knees)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 min Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks
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