Pool therapy great alternative for patients

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AQUATIC POOL: Pikeville Medical Center patients are able to rehab in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center’s HydroWorx 2000 therapy pool. PMC has offered the service to patients for the past six years.

PIKEVILLE - Patients unable to tolerate physical therapy due to discomfort or pain have an alternative at Pikeville Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, thanks to the HydroWorx 2000 aquatic therapy pool.

This state-of-the-art system, offering the most advanced water-based physical therapy, is also used by Cleveland Clinic, numerous state universities and professional sports teams.

The second nearest facility in Kentucky to offer the HydroWorx 2000 is in Lexington.

Aquatic therapy is covered by most insurance companies and is used for a variety of reasons, including: total joint replacement rehabilitation, fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, as well as orthopedic, neurologic and neuromuscular conditions.

“For nearly six years we have had the opportunity to offer aquatic therapy to those who are unable to participate in land-based physical therapy treatments, due to extreme pain or discomfort,” said Linda Derossett, Pikeville Medical Center Director of Rehabilitation Therapy Services. 

“This is a wonderful service to our community and has proved successful for many of our patients.”

The HydroWorx 2000 features a large treadmill capable of holding four to six people at one time. However, Pikeville Medical Center respects patient privacy and prefers to provide individualized treatment.

Therapy sessions usually are conducted twice a week for four to six weeks.  Sessions generally begin at 15 to 30 minutes and can progress up to an hour.

After undergoing aquatic therapy, patients have reported improved mobility, increased flexibility and strength, an increased range of motion, and improved walking patterns.

A study by Utah State University’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department reports that “patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis may receive the same aerobic conditioning with less joint pain and greater improvements in mobility by using underwater treadmills as opposed to land treadmills.”

Some of the unique aspects of the HydroWorx 2000 are:

•An adjustable floor, allowing patients to enter the pool at deck level and then be lowered to various depths (6-foot maximum)

•A large underwater treadmill with different speeds

•An underwater camera and monitoring system that allow physical therapists to diagnose patients’ walking patterns and record treatment sessions/progress

•Resistance therapy jets

Physical therapists also use devices such as dumbbells and aerobic steps to assist in therapy and increase resistance.

Not everyone may be a candidate for aquatic therapy, including those who have an open wound, any type of incontinence or a fear of water.

A physician’s referral is required for a patient to receive aquatic therapy.

To see PMC’s HydroWorx 2000 or to learn more about aquatic therapy, call Pikeville Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 606-218-3507.

Source: http://hydroworx.com