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what is aquatic physical therapy exactly?

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Dr. Cassandra Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Water-based exercise: Aqua therapy is an exercise program performed in water. There are many benefits of aqua therapy - buoyancy of the water helps to decrease the weight bearing stresses to the joints. This may benefit patients with arthritis, recovering from an injury such as fracture or muscle strain, or patients who are overweight. Exercises can also use the water resistance for muscle strengthening.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Pool therapy: Aquatic therapy combines the advantages of buoyancy from being in the water with standard physical therapy principles used on "dry land." water also gives the additional benefit of providing a graduated resistance to movement, whereby the more force applied to move through the water, the more resistance felt by the patient doing the moving.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Could a torn labrum in the shoulder be healed with physical therapy?

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Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
No: Although therapy can not heal a torn labrum, it may restore strength motion and provide enough pain relief that no further treatment may be needed. If it does not help that surgery may be recommended.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are good physical therapy exercises for fingers?

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Dr. Judy Orton
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Stress ball: Squeeze a stress ball or tennis ball for 5 minutes per day. Opening and closing your hands and fingers widely will help to stretch. There's also a grip strengthening device you can buy at most sporting goods stores.
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
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A 52-year-old member asked:

Would a physical at a physical therapy clinic be different than at a doctor's office ?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Could be.: I'm not sure exactly what a physical at a physical therapy clinic would entail, but a physician would go over your family, social, and medical history, medications, allergies, immunization status, preventative health and what is recommended for your age and risk factors. They would also examine your various organ systems. A physical therapist is not trained to conduct a physical like this.
A 25-year-old member asked:

Is water physical therapy effective?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Can be: Water or aquatic physical therapy can be very effective, especially when we want to minimize weight bearing but want to maintain resistance. It is also a very effective form of exercise for those who have difficulty with full weight bearing.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are the typical physical therapy precautions for cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Talk to your doctor: Cardiomyopathy is a complex condition with varying types and severities. The condition is generally treated and monitored by a cardiologist. There are no "typical" precautions. It is imperative that you seek indiviualized, specific recommendations from your cardiologist with respect to your particular condition.

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