What is Hydrotherapy (water therapy)?

Category: Physical Therapy

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See also: Aquatic Therapy Exercises, Balneotherapy Hot Pool Exercises

Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy involves the use of water for soothing pains and treating diseases. Hydrotherapy is used to treat musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or spinal cord injuries and in patients suffering burns, spasticity, stroke or paralysis.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Hydrotherapy (water therapy)"

Severe
3
Moderate
6
Mild
11
None
27

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy))
Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 14
120 min weekly 11
90 min weekly 8
30 min weekly 4
weekly 4
1 hr weekly 3
weekly 3
40 min weekly 3
80 min weekly 3
weekly 3
Why Patients Stopped Going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy) (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 18
Course of treatment ended 17
Did not seem to work 12
Expense 9
Side effects too severe 6
Doctor's advice 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Not indicated 2
See all 53 patients who’ve stopped going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Duration

Currently Going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 2
3-6 months 2
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 16
Stopped Going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)
Duration Patients
0-1 month 6
1-3 months 14
3-6 months 14
6 months-1 year 10
1-2 years 5
2 years or more 5
Adherence
Always
24 51%
Usually
19 40%
Sometimes
3 6%
Never
1 2%
Burden
Very
5 11%
Somewhat
21 45%
A little
14 30%
Not at all
7 15%
Cost
$200+
1 4%
$100-199
6 22%
$50-99
9 33%
$25-49
4 15%
< $25
7 26%
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7 patient evaluations for Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

deweynora
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deweynora
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:67y
FM:13y Dx
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See deweynora's full Hydrotherapy (water therapy) history

Mar 24, 2009 (Started )

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Advice & Tips: go slow
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Soreness

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RCWinston
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RCWinston
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 59
Condition: 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported

See RCWinston's full Hydrotherapy (water therapy) history

Jun 19, 2009 (Started Apr 10, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Muscle spasms: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 150 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I enjoyed this and was surprised how many other individuals that worked out in the pool also had FM. The facility I used was close to my job and I used my lunch hours of went right after work. This has to be convenient or you will not do it.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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soulcatcher
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soulcatcher
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F57y
CFS:14y Dx
FM:18y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See soulcatcher's full Hydrotherapy (water therapy) history

Feb 19, 2010 (Started Jun 15, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Osteoarthritis (OA): Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 180 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Sometimes it is hard for me to go to the pool, be it weather, conflict in appointments, not feeling well, etc. I noticed I do feel slightly better when I go for a session and I feel very good when I can keep going for 3 times a week for at least a month or so. It makes me feel stronger and that I have accomplished something to help my fibro. I would recommend this to everyone who suffers from fibro.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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