What is Hydrotherapy (water therapy)?

Category: Physical Therapy

Most Popular Types: Warm water therapy, Pool therapy, Swimming Pool, (Show all)


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

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

Fatigue 3
Pain 3
Soreness 3
Neck pain 2
Bursitis in hips 1
Cramps in calf muscles 1

Show all 23 reported side effects


Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy))
Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 16
120 min weekly 11
90 min weekly 9
30 min weekly 5
weekly 4
1 hr weekly 3
weekly 3
40 min weekly 3
45 min weekly 3
80 min weekly 3

Dosages based on patients currently going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy).

Why Patients Stopped Going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy) (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 19
Course of treatment ended 19
Did not seem to work 14
Expense 10
Side effects too severe 6
Doctor's advice 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Not indicated 2
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Currently Going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 2
6 months-1 year 4
1-2 years 3
2 years or more 14
Stopped Going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)
Duration Patients
0-1 month 6
1-3 months 15
3-6 months 15
6 months-1 year 10
1-2 years 5
2 years or more 6
26 50%
20 38%
4 8%
2 4%
6 12%
24 46%
A little
15 29%
Not at all
7 13%
Cost per month
1 4%
7 25%
9 32%
4 14%
7 25%
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7 patient evaluations for Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Echo Mountain
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Echo Mountain
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Little
Stickman: all
CFS:8y Dx
FM:8y Dx
I am: b
I have:

See Echo Mountain's full Hydrotherapy (water therapy) history

Aug 19, 2011 (Started Dec 01, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Fibromyalgia: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
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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Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:

See amackccc's full Hydrotherapy (water therapy) history

Jan 26, 2011 (Started May 10, 2002)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Mobility decreased: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 30 min Every Other Week

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14403 thumb
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Most
function: Little
external_stress: Most
Stickman: all
FM:9y Dx
I am: vb
I have:

See jokeyjodi1963's full Hydrotherapy (water therapy) history

Apr 20, 2010 (Started Feb 15, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD): Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
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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