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
30

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

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3
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3
Patients
3
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2
Patients
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
30 min daily
Patients
4
Dosage
1 hr weekly
Patients
3
Dosage
weekly
Patients
3
Dosage
40 min weekly
Patients
3
Dosage
45 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
20
Reason
Other
Patients
19
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
14
Reason
Expense
Patients
10
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
6
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
3
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
3
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
2
See all 59 patients who’ve stopped going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Duration

Currently Going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)
Duration
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Duration
0-1 month
Patients
1
Duration
1-3 months
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0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
2
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
3
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
2
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
11
Stopped Going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
6
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
26
50%
Usually
Patients
21
40%
Sometimes
Patients
3
6%
Never
Patients
2
4%

Burden


Very
Patients
6
12%
Somewhat
Patients
23
44%
A little
Patients
16
31%
Not at all
Patients
7
13%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
24
86%
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)

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: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Soreness

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RCWinston
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RCWinston
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: 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 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
soulcatcher
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soulcatcher
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F58y
CFS:15y 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 monthly

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