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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 58 25
Pain 41 18
Muscle pain 27 14
Improve flexibility/strength 9 9
General health 8 2
Improve mobility 6 4

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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 13
None 34

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

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Dosage Patients
135 min weekly 3
30 min weekly 2
60 min weekly 2
90 min weekly 2
120 min weekly 2
9 min weekly 1
weekly 1
daily 1
180 min weekly 1
300 min weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 22
Other 19
Did not seem to work 14
Expense 10
Side effects too severe 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
Doctor's advice 2
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Duration

Currently going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 3

Stopped going to Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 33
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 33
Usually 20
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 25
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 11
$50-99 10
$25-49 3
< $25 7
Not specified 27
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7 patient evaluations for Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

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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:68y
FM:15y Dx
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See deweynora's full Hydrotherapy (water therapy) history

Mar 24, 2009 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibromyalgia)
  • side effects
    Mild (Soreness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 60
Condition: 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported

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Jun 19, 2009 (Started Apr 10, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle spasms)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F59y
FM:20y Dx
CFS:16y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See soulcatcher's full Hydrotherapy (water therapy) history

Feb 19, 2010 (Started Jun 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Osteoarthritis (OA))
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
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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