What is Hydrotherapy (water therapy)?

Category: Physical Therapy

Most Popular Types: Warm water therapy, Pool therapy, Swimming Pool, (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.

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Perceived effectiveness
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Severe
3
Moderate
7
Mild
12
None
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Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

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3
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3
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3
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2
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1
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1

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Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy))
Dosage
60 min weekly
Patients
15
Dosage
120 min weekly
Patients
11
Dosage
90 min weekly
Patients
9
Dosage
30 min weekly
Patients
5
Dosage
weekly
Patients
4
Dosage
1 hr weekly
Patients
3
Dosage
weekly
Patients
3
Dosage
40 min weekly
Patients
3
Dosage
45 min weekly
Patients
3
Dosage
80 min weekly
Patients
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
Course of treatment ended
Patients
21
Reason
Other
Patients
19
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
14
Reason
Expense
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10
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
6
Reason
Doctor's advice
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3
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
3
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
2
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Duration

Currently Going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)
Duration
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Duration
0-1 month
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0
Duration
1-3 months
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0
Duration
3-6 months
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1
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
4
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
2
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
11
Stopped Going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)
Duration
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Duration
0-1 month
Patients
7
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
16
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
15
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
10
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
5
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
6

Adherence


Always
Patients
27
51%
Usually
Patients
21
40%
Sometimes
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3
6%
Never
Patients
2
4%

Burden


Very
Patients
6
11%
Somewhat
Patients
23
43%
A little
Patients
17
32%
Not at all
Patients
7
13%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
25
89%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
1
4%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
7
25%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
9
32%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
4
14%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
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: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Little
Stickman: all
Description:M42y
FM:9y Dx
CFS:9y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

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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amackccc
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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:
MS

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

  • 0 helpful marks
jokeyjodi1963
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Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 51
Condition: Degenerative Disc Disease 11 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Degenerative Disc Disease

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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