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The Carolina Spine and Neurosurgery Center facility uses hydrotherapy for athletic rehabilitation to help this high school football and basketball athlete. Back issues prevented him from playing sports. In addition, he couldn’t attend school due to prolonged sitting. After four weeks of aquatic therapy, he went back to lifting weights for in physical therapy. His activity and flexibility increased dramatically while his pain level is decreased.

Why Aquatic Therapy Works for Athletic Rehabilitation

The unique properties of water – buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, viscosity and fluid dynamics – provided an ideal athletic rehabilitation environment. Here’s why:

  • Water allows the injured body part to actively “rest” while the patient gains confidence. Range of motion is easier in the water in the critically early stages of healing and rehabilitation.
  • Therapists can tailor patient protocols to reflect individual treatment plans.  Even in the acute stages of rehabilitation, patients feel safe and secure in the water. This helps raise morale and success rate.
  • Water’s anti-gravity property provides support to muscles and joints.  This reduces pain, spasm and swelling while providing earlier, more effective aquatic therapy rehabilitation.  Less pain and more support means faster recovery times.

Another big advantage is that a patient can begin treatment in the first stages of injury. In addition, patients continue to train during recovery. From orthopedic recover to neuromuscular conditions, water therapy is an ideal way to treat a variety of health conditions.

Hydrotherapy gives patient the confidence, strength, and support they need to master proper mechanics and improve the quality of their life.

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