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Conditions Treated With Hydrotherapy

There are very few musculoskeletal conditions that will not benefit from hydrotherapy. Below are some examples of conditions that can be helped:

   Long term conditions

    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Ankylosing spondylitis
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Rheumatic conditions

These conditions benefit in particular from the buoyancy that water gives by reducing the stress on the joints. The resistance can also be used to strengthen muscles and the warmth helps with relaxation and movement.

   After surgery

    • Joint replacements (for example hip, knee or shoulder)
    • Muscle or tendon repair.
    • Spinal operations
    • Ligament reconstruction

The support from the water will help make movement easier soon after surgery. The hydrostatic pressure will help reduce swelling, and the warmth of the water will help with pain relief.

   After fracture (breaking a bone)

    • Once a plaster has been removed
    • After surgery has been performed

Not only will the area be weak and stiff but often there will be a restriction on the amount of body weight that can be put through a bone (reduced weight-bearing). The support of the water will allow the muscles and joints to be strengthened without placing too much stress on the bone.

   Back Pain

The support and warmth of the water will reduce the stress on the back allowing stretching and strengthening to be performed without aggravating any pain. As the back becomes stronger and more flexible this should reduce pain.

   Sports injuries

    • Muscle strains
    • Ligament sprains

The hydrostatic pressure from the water can help reduce swelling. The support and resistance from the water will help with rehabilitation back to normal without risk of re-injury. Hydrotherapy is particularly useful in the early stages of rehabilitation soon after an injury.

   Neurological conditions

    • Stroke / CVA
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Paraplegia
    • Central nervous system conditions

The support and warmth of the water can be used to improve independence, confidence, strength and flexibility.

   Reduced mobility / activity levels after illness

Hydrotherapy can help improve general health and fitness after an illness and can be used to improve balance and coordination in a supported environment.