What is Hydrotherapy (water therapy)?

Category: Physical Therapy

Most popular types: Warm water therapy Pool therapy Therapeutic Spa Show all

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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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 62 26
Pain 44 20
Muscle pain 29 14
Improve flexibility/strength 10 10
General health 6 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 7
Mild 15
None 37

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 3
Pain 3
Muscle soreness 2
Bursitis in hips 1
Cramps in calf muscles 1
Cramps in feet 1

Show all 22 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Dosage Patients
30 min weekly 3
weekly 1
60 min weekly 2
120 min weekly 2
9 min weekly 1
135 min weekly 1
20 min daily 1
daily 1
25 min daily 1

See all 13 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

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Reason Patients
Other 21
Course of treatment ended 20
Did not seem to work 14
Expense 10
Side effects too severe 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
Doctor's advice 2
See all 59 patients who've stopped going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Duration

Currently going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 5

Stopped going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 29
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 36
Usually 20
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 27
A little hard to take 21
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 11
$50-99 13
$25-49 3
< $25 6
Not specified 30
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7 patient evaluations for Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Aug 19, 2011 (Started Dec 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 180 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: The biggest burden would be time consumed. For it to be effective it takes about 2-3 hours in there. Sometimes that's a lot of time, even for me. Still, the benefits are so striking, I can't help but use it every day or every other day.

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Jan 26, 2011 (Started May 10, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for mobility decreased)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Every Other Week

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Apr 20, 2010 (Started Feb 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for degenerative disc disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 180 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: The hydrotherapy was primarily ordered for post fusion surgery but the warmth of the water and the way it made movements less pronounced, I was able to move more freely. It did help the fibro for a short amount of time. Anyone with fibro knows that any relief, even for just a short time, is worth doing! Unfortunately the DDD continues as does the fibro and things just keep getting progressively worse. The lower back improved but now the mid back is horrific!!!!

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