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Aquatic Therapy


A physical therapy assistant at St. Joseph’s Hospital helps a joint replacement patient regain her strength.

Aquatic, or pool, therapy helps maintain, restore or enhance function for people who have had an injury, disease or functional loss. Aquatic therapy is provided by Carondelet’s qualified staff of physical therapists (PT), PT assistants, occupational therapists (OT) and OT assistants.

Conditions and medical diagnoses that would benefit from aquatic therapy include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Orthopedic conditions, including joint replacements
  • Pain syndromes
  • Soft tissue injuries (sprains, strains and contusions)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and related illnesses
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Congenital illness
  • Amputations
  • Fractures of the spine or extremities
  • Neuromuscular diseases and disorders
  • Central and peripheral neurological disorders
  • High-risk and low-risk pregnancies
  • Functional limitation due to cardiovascular or pulmonary disease

Aquatic therapy is a skilled therapy service and most insurance plans require a valid physician’s prescription.

  • Decreased swelling in the limbs
  • Improved sensory input
  • Pain control/reduction
  • Reduced weight-bearing through the joints
  • Reduction of abnormal muscle tone and spasticity