- Published: 11 December 2011
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• Orthopedic Injuries
• Low back pain
• Gait and Balance Deficits
Aquatic therapy offers an alternative form of rehabilitation and can be used in conjunction with more traditional outpatient therapies.
Individuals with a variety of disabilities and orthopedic conditions can benefit from participation in aquatic therapy. People with back problems, knee injuries, ankle injuries, and other orthopaedic injuries are just a few of who can benefit from aquatic therapy. While the pool can be used as a tool in most rehabilitation programs it is important to speak with your physician to see if aquatic therapy is right for you. The heat of the pool can be problematic for certain neurological and cardiac conditions. Careful screening and program development by a physical therapist will assure safe participation. Though aquatic therapy is not recommended for certain medical conditions, the vast majority of people can participate. Swimming experience is not necessary.
Testimonial - "I have nothing but praise for my three weeks of aquatic therapy at St. Francis Rehabilitation. After having kneecap repair surgery on my previously complete knee replacement I was in a lot of pain and had a very swollen knee. Upon my completion of therapy my knee measured 3 inches smaller than on my initial evaluation. Plus, I was able to complete my therapy sessions without a lot of pain and able to do much more than I could ever complete on land. I really looked forward to my sessions and will really miss the water treadmill. Thanks to the entire PT team. It was a lot of fun."
- Kay Tengler 1-13-2012