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Table 3 Percentage distribution of treated body part for patients treated by a physical therapist in 2005, for the United States (FOTO), Israel (Maccabi) and the Netherlands (LiPZ)*

From: Comparing patient characteristics and treatment processes in patients receiving physical therapy in the United States, Israel and the Netherlands: Cross sectional analyses of data from three clinical databases

  FOTO1 Maccabi2 LiPZ3
Upper extremities    
Shoulder 19.0 11.7 11.9
Arm (upper and/or forearm) 0.9 2.0 2.2
Elbow 1.4 3.0 2.8
Wrist/hand 1.4 7.4 1.7
Total upper extremities 22.7 24.1 18.6
Lower extremities    
Pelvis/hip 5.8 4.7 5.4
Leg (upper and/or lower) 3.1 1.5 4.9
Knee 14.3 14.5 11.5
Ankle/foot 7.4 7.8 3.0
Total lower extremities 30.6 28.5 24.8
Spinal impairments    
Craniofacial 0.2 0.2 1.5
Neck 13.6 18.2 20.0
Ribs/trunk 0.2 0.7 1.6
Thoracic spine 2.0 4.2 11.7
Lumbar spine 30.6 24.2 21.9
Total spinal impairments 46.6 47.5 56.7
Number of patients (abs.) 61,672 91,565 9,413
Unknown (abs.) 1,126 7,974 2,780
  1. * Statistical analyses were not performed as the body parts were deducted from different classifications
  2. 1 According to physical therapist, front office staff or patient
  3. 2 Physical therapists' diagnosis recoded into treated body part
  4. 3 Medical diagnosis recoded into treated body part