4 Ways Aquatic Therapy Can Promote Healing After Joint Replacement

4 Ways Aquatic Therapy Can Promote Healing After Joint Replacement

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Location: PruittHealth-Savannah

Hundreds of thousands of joint replacements are done each year in the United States. Replacing a joint can be extremely helpful to those who suffer from great pain, but the recovery can sometimes be strenuous. It is important to begin range of motion exercises soon after surgery, but this can often be a painful process. Many times, patients don’t enjoy physical therapy sessions because the joint is still swollen and painful from the surgery.

Aquatic therapy can include the same movements as traditional physical therapy performed on land, but the natural properties of water promote healing and are more forgiving. The buoyancy of the water can make a patient up to 80 percent lighter. For example, a 200-pound man submerged into a therapy pool would feel as if he were 40 pounds. This has a significant impact on patients. It takes the innate stressors off of the affected bones, muscles and tendons. This allows for a more enjoyable therapy sessions and even creates a relaxing environment.

Here are four ways that aquatic therapy can promote healing and make rehabilitation a bit more tolerable:

  1. Reduces pain and muscle spasms
  2. Increases circulation and decreases swelling
  3. Reduces risk of injury
  4. Begins range of motion earlier than on land

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