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Table 5 Percentage of interventions applied in patients treated by a physical therapist in 2005, for the United States (FOTO), Israel (Maccabi) and the Netherlands (LiPZ), for the total patient population, patients treated for their lumbar spine and patients with ankle sprain*

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

Total population FOTO Maccabi LiPZ
Therapeutic exercise/advice 78.0 79.4 84.5
Manual therapy 31.8 54.7 67.2
Prescription, application and/or fabrication of devices 2.2 2.9 1.6
Electrotherapeutic modalities 22.5 41.7 4.5
Physical agents and mechanical modalities 43.3 55.4 5.0
Other 3.2 7.6 2.3
Number of patients – treatment closed (abs.) 36,076 96,568 8,869
Lumbar spine treated    
Therapeutic exercise/advice 86.0 81.2 82.5
Manual therapy 28.2 58.8 50.6
Prescription, application and/or fabrication of devices 1.2 1.2 0.1
Electrotherapeutic modalities 22.3 51.0 6.8
Physical agents and mechanical modalities 42.1 56.1 2.4
Other 4.6 5.0 1.4
Number of patients – treatment closed (abs.) 6,756 15,493 1,895
Treated for ankle sprain    
Therapeutic exercise/advice 89.0 91.9 87.8
Manual therapy 22.6 43.9 15.4
Prescription, application and/or fabrication of devices 4.9 4.5 41.5
Electrotherapeutic modalities 27.8 34.0 0.8
Physical agents and mechanical modalities 56.0 58.8 1.6
Other 6.1 2.6 2.4
Number of patients – treatment closed (abs.) 327 1,411 123
  1. * because of the differences in classifications no statistical tests were conducted