Utilizing Aquatic Therapy for Groin Injury: A Case Review

Utilizing Aquatic Therapy for Groin Injury: A Case Review


March 29, 2017 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm EDT

Presented By:  Todd Lewarchick, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Outpatient Rehabilitation Manager, Cleveland Clinic


Groin injuries range in type and severity, often in the form of a strain or pull. Osteitis pubis is a specific groin condition that can occur as an inflammatory process in athletes and one that can linger and return if not treated properly. Traditionally, rest and time have been prescribed as the primary healing methods. However, aquatic therapy has been found to be an effective tool in the rehabilitation of this injury, especially early in the recovery process. It can be used to alleviate pain, correct the mechanical problems that precipitated the injury and strengthen the affected muscles.

In this webinar, Todd Lewarchick, Outpatient Rehabilitation Manager at the Cleveland Clinic, will present the case study of the rehabilitation of a high school athlete who was diagnosed with osteitis pubis while pursuing a Division I football scholarship. Todd will review the case history of this athlete including signs and symptoms of the injury and diagnosis. He will discuss why aquatic therapy was utilized for this athlete and will outline the progression of aquatic therapy protocols as part of the overall rehabilitation process. Using video, Todd will demonstrate several specific exercises that were used as part of the aquatic therapy progression. He will share the clinical outcomes of this rehabilitation and results this athlete was subsequently able to achieve.


  •  Advantages of using aquatic therapy due to land therapy’s limitations for osteitis pubis
  • Progression of land and aquatic therapy protocols used for this diagnosis
  • Specific aquatic exercises used to improve function, stabilization and strength