Rehabilitation :: Aquatic Physical Therapy
Many caregivers are surprised to learn that physical therapy is often conducted in water. Children with decreased strength are able to move, explore and exercise their muscles and joints more easily in water. Physical therapy conducted in water has been shown to improve strength, flexibility and endurance.
Aquatic physical therapy benefits a number of different diagnoses including:
- Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE).
- Legg-calve-perthes disease.
- Limb lengthening.
- Spinal cord injury.
- Cerebral palsy.
- Poly and pauciarticular juvenile rheumatoid and idiopathic arthritis.
Aquatic physical therapy is conducted in our state-of-the-art aquatic area at CHOC Children’s under the constant supervision of our therapists. Each child’s caregiver is encouraged to be present and even participate to some degree in each aquatic therapy session. Learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about aquatic therapy.