Rehabilitation :: Frequently Asked Questions About Aquatic Physical Therapy
The physical therapists at CHOC Children’s work with patients of all ages. Some patients, depending upon their age, diagnosis and treatment plan, may have aquatic physical therapy that takes place in our center’s pool at CHOC Children’s. The questions below are some of the most frequently asked about aquatic physical therapy. The answers in this document should not replace the specific information provided by the patient’s therapists or doctor.
What are the benefits of aquatic physical therapy?
Patients in water are able to perform movements that would be impossible on land. The water makes gravity less and allows the child to have more movement than he or she would on land. Patients with arthritis are able to perform their therapy pain-free in warm water.
What if my child cannot swim?
Most of the pool is shallow and each of our therapists enters the pool with the child to ensure safety. We also have floatation devices for both safety and as part of the therapeutic exercises.
How will my child get into the pool?
If the child cannot walk, we have a special lift that helps our patients up and into the pool and out of the pool at the end of the therapy session.
Does insurance cover aquatic therapy?
Each health insurance provider is different and a special authorization is usually needed before a patient can begin aquatic therapy.
Please speak with the child’s therapists or physicians about any of your specific questions. Learn more about aquatic therapy.