Recovering from a surgical procedure can be daunting – it requires time, dedication, and often involves physical therapy to regain mobility and alleviate discomfort. In recent years, hydrotherapy has emerged as a popular form of therapy, utilizing the healing and rehabilitative properties of water.
Hydrotherapy, also referred to as aquatic therapy, is a type of physical therapy that leverages the power of water to facilitate healing and rehabilitation. This versatile therapy can take place in various water-based environments, including pools, hot tubs, or whirlpool baths.
During hydrotherapy sessions, a trained therapist guides the patient through a series of exercises within the water. The buoyancy of the water reduces the strain on joints, allowing for easier movement and exercise without placing excessive stress on the body.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy Include:
Alleviated Pain: Hydrotherapy has proven to be an effective method for reducing post-surgical pain. The warmth of the water helps relax muscles and enhances blood circulation, ultimately reducing pain and fostering the healing process.
Enhanced Range of Motion: After surgery, it is common to experience stiffness and limited range of motion. Hydrotherapy aids in increasing flexibility and range of motion, making everyday tasks more manageable.
Improved Muscle Strength: Hydrotherapy promotes the improvement of muscle strength and tone, which is particularly important following surgical procedures that may result in muscle weakness.
Reduced Swelling: Post-surgery swelling, and inflammation can be effectively minimized through hydrotherapy. The water’s pressure facilitates circulation, promoting the elimination of excess fluid from the body.
Enhanced Balance and Coordination: Hydrotherapy contributes to improved balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls and related injuries.
Promoted Relaxation: Hydrotherapy provides a serene and calming experience, effectively reducing stress, and promoting overall well-being.
Who Can Benefit from Hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy extends its benefits to a wide range of patients, including those who have recently undergone surgery. Common surgeries that can benefit from hydrotherapy include joint replacements, spinal surgeries, and orthopedic procedures. Aquatic therapy can be beneficial for individuals experiencing chronic pain or managing conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis.
At iOrtho, we utilize the warmth and buoyancy of water in this therapeutic approach to help patients with pain reduction, improve their range of motion, enhance their muscle strength, reduce swelling, and to promote relaxation.
iOrtho is a multi-specialty musculoskeletal healthcare practice that provides patients with new technologies and innovative procedures designed to make state-of-the-art treatments readily available while maximizing outcomes. For people with active lifestyles and/or physical job requirements, iOrtho is the comprehensive single-source solution for all orthopedic needs; trauma, arthritis, sports, spine- minimally invasive procedures, computer navigated robotic procedures, custom implants, restorative treatments including hyaluronate acid, plasma, stem cell and vitamin infusion therapy. iOrtho surgeons are affiliated with NYU Langone Health and the practice takes most major insurances.