Orthopedic injuries are very common amongst competitive athletes as well as individuals who are high risk for joint injuries, such as the elderly. Aquatics therapy is highly recommended for patients who have had orthopedic joint sprains, surgeries and replacements (i.e. hip). Improving the patient’s mobility post an orthopedic surgery is imperative to prevent further consequence. Some patients are severely debilitated after orthopedic injuries because of the pain and surgery adds onto their inability to move. From lack of use, stiffness and loss of range of motion as well as the loss of flexibility may be a consequence. The water reduces the stress on the joints and muscles due to weightlessness, which allows rehabilitation to begin much sooner than if the patient was on land.
Most sports related orthopedic injuries result from trauma to the bones, muscles and joints, which include the upper extremities as much as the lower extremities. A person’s musculoskeletal is involved in every movement like walking, typing, dancing, biking, even gardening. Common orthopedic injuries include:
- Back and neck injuries,
- Overuse injuries,
- Motion injuries,
- Torn ligaments,
- Torn muscles,
- Extremity pain,
By the end of treatment the goal is to have our patients functioning at their maximum capacity. In order to this our aquatic rehabilitation pool is fully adjustable with resistance jets allow our patients to perform activities at different resistance levels as well as different massage levels. The adjustable pool increases the patient’s mobility in the joints allowing the patient to manipulate their comfort level. Through this process our patient’s pain level is greatly decreased with the massage hose system.
The underwater treadmill we use increases in 0.2 miles per hour (mph) increments to help our patients may enjoy a personalized and comfortable pace as they receive all of their health benefits of exercise. However, the underwater aquatics treadmill does not overwork the patient’s joint pounding experienced on ground level surfaces. Additionally, considering many patients who have experienced an orthopedic injury are in danger of falling or having a recurring injury, the water prevents these instances. We would like our patients as well as potential patients to know that benefits of aquatic therapy include, but are not limited to relaxation, improved joint mobility, pain relief, enhanced mobility, increased flexibility, strength, less weight and pressure on affected joints, and the strengthening of muscles and joints after surgery to prevent atrophy.
For all your orthopedic aquatics therapy questions, contact Classic Rehabilitation, Inc. are one of our two conveniently located locations in Arlington, Bedford or Grand Prairie. We provide our clients and patients a full service physical therapy experience including aquatics therapy.