What is Physiotherapy?

Category: Physical Therapy

Most popular types: Therapeutic Massage Passive exercise

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Physiotherapy is an allied health profession concerned with the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and disability through physical means. It is based upon principles of medical science, and is generally held to be within the sphere of conventional medicine.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Stiffness/Spasticity 102 48
Pain 74 38
General health 36 20
Improve mobility 24 14
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 19 4
Fibromyalgia 18 8

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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 8
Moderate 10
Mild 28
None 100

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Physiotherapy

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 6
Pain 5
Tenderness 3
Back pain 2
Bruising 2
Muscle and joint pain 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Physiotherapy

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 5
180 min weekly 4
60 min monthly 3
30 min weekly 3
45 min weekly 3
90 min weekly 3
120 min weekly 3
120 min yearly 2
1 min weekly 1
180 min yearly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Physiotherapy

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 54
Other 19
Did not seem to work 16
Expense 14
Side effects too severe 14
Doctor's advice 9
Change in health plan coverage 4
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently going to Physiotherapy

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 5

Stopped going to Physiotherapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 54
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 86
Usually 38
Sometimes 14
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 52
Not at all hard to take 61
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 34
$100-199 9
$50-99 11
$25-49 2
< $25 36
Not specified 54
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13 patient evaluations for Physiotherapy

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Gudjon
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Gudjon
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
PLS

See Gudjon's full Physiotherapy history

May 26, 2017 (Started Jan 24, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 135 min Weekly
Cost: $200+ monthly

Apr 20, 2013 (Started Jan 24, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 135 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: In July 2012 I did change my physiotherapy to 3 times per week. One is as usual I go and the therapist stretches and moves my mussels. To, I go to swim mixed with number one. 3. I go and bike for 20 minutes and do some pulling for my arms.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Apr 9, 2009 (Started Jan 24, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 135 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Exersise is very impotant. Use it or loose it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
one_step_closer
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one_step_closer
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
30 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Borderline Personality

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Feb 25, 2015 (Started Jan 08, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Chondromalacia Patellae)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Pain in knees)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 15 min Monthly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Nadira
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Nadira
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Severe
56 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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Jan 15, 2014 (Started Sep 12, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Motor vehicle accident (MVA) injuries)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Physiotherapist noticed that some of my symptoms may have been from a concussion. my family dr confirmed and I was able to see Vestibular physio to regain balance
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 21, 2013 (Started Sep 12, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Motor vehicle accident (MVA) injuries)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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