How many Britons is physiotherapy helping?
April 12th, 2024, Clifton Mark

How many Britons is physiotherapy helping?

Physiotherapy, a popular way of treating injuries and chronic pain, is available both privately and through the NHS. As a treatment, it often includes exercises and involves helping patients manage pain and motor function. A recent YouGov survey asks how many Britons use physiotherapy and whether they found it useful.

Who’s had physiotherapy?

According to a March 2024 poll of over 2,000 Britons, 39% have, at some point in their lives, received care from a physiotherapist. This includes more women, of whom 43% have done physiotherapy, than men (35%).

Older Britons are also more likely to have seen a physiotherapist. Less than a fifth (18%) of 18-24-year-olds have seen a PT compared to 47% of those 55 or older. Is physiotherapy helpful?

Of those who have had physiotherapy, 83% say they found it helpful. While men are less likely to have had this treatment, they’re slightly more likely to find it helpful, with 86% of men compared to 80% of women saying it helped.

Respondents’ age seems to have no statistically significant effect on how likely they are to find physiotherapy helpful.

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YouGov Surveys: Serviced provide quick survey results from nationally representative or targeted audiences in multiple markets. This study was conducted online on March 5- 2024, with a nationally representative sample of 2,199 adults (aged 18+ years) in Great Britain, using a questionnaire designed by YouGov. Data figures have been weighted by age, gender, education and social grade to be representative of all adults in Great Britain (18 years or older) and reflect the latest ONS population estimates. Learn more about YouGov Surveys: Serviced.