Aquatic therapy, often referred to as pool therapy, can be used with almost any type of injury, including sprains/strains, burns, and even traumatic brain injuries. Initial post-surgical rehabilitation for knees, backs and shoulders may benefit from pool therapy.
How it works
Pool therapy works with the combination of heat, pressure and buoyancy to help the healing process. Often after an injury, a person cannot put much weight (if any) on the affected body part. Pool therapy allows for more movement while reducing the risk of stress or re-injury. This means that patients may be able to start therapy sooner and recover faster.
A common misconception is that the aquatic therapy is "soft" or passive therapy. Many believe it is only for those who have arthritis or need to relax. When done correctly, aquatic therapy is a rigorous treatment option that is safe and effective.
Overall, aquatic therapy, when compared on a per-unit basis, is typically 10-15% higher than land-based therapies. However, many patients feel the benefits of pool therapy are worth the cost difference. the benefits frequently more than offset this cost difference.