Exercise performed in water is a beneficial option for those who have difficulty performing exercise on land due to pain, weakness, compromised exercise tolerance, weight bearing restrictions or balance issues. Aquatic Therapy helps ease pain, relax joints and muscles, decrease swelling and regain movement for patients needing physical rehabilitation therapy.
Your physician may refer you to Aquatic Therapy as part of your rehabilitation for:
- Back pain or following back surgery
- Knee pain or following knee surgery
- Following total joint replacement surgery
- Lower extremity trauma
- Shoulder pain or following shoulder procedures
- Ankle sprain
- Neurological disorders
- Balance difficulties
- Bariatric patients
- Chronic pain syndromes, such as fibromyalgia
Patients may be referred to Physical Therapy/Aquatic Therapy by a provider or as determined by a physical therapist as part of a treatment plan. Most insurances cover Aquatic Therapy when justified. Patients do not need to know how to swim, as most treatments involve weight-bearing in the shallow end of the pool. A lifeguard will be present for all treatments in addition to the therapist.