If you’ve recently undergone, or will soon have hip replacement surgery, recovery is at the top of your mind. Aquatic therapy is an effective, gentle way to speed healing. A mixture of buoyancy, warm water temperature, viscosity, and hydrostatic pressure offer healing properties to the injured area. Additionally, water therapy promotes overall well-being and good health. If you’re looking for aquatic therapy in Baltimore, Comprehensive Spine & Sports Center in Essex may be just what you need.
When You Need Hip Surgery
Typically, hip surgery occurs when you have a painful hip due to arthritis and the alternatives are not providing relief. During surgery, the damaged hip is replaced with an artificial joint made of metal and plastic which will make walking and standing easier and far less painful than before. The surgery consists of the surgeon removing the ball portion of the joint which is then replaced with the artificial joint. Then the hipbone is prepared by the surgeon removing any damaged cartilage. Finally, the new ball part of the thighbone is inserted into the socket of the hip.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
Most people find aquatic therapy to be gentler and motivating than other types of rehabilitation. Successful rehabilitation is positive both physically and mentally for a recovering patient.
Aquatic therapy takes advantage of water’s properties to promote healing. Buoyancy reduces pressure on joints and the warm temperature relaxes muscles and increases blood flow to the injured area. Water’s viscosity provides a natural source of resistance allowing for muscle strengthening without weights. Hydrostatic pressure exerted by water decreases swelling and helps provide joint positional awareness to healing patients. Additionally, aquatic therapy also:
- Improves cardiovascular function, balance, and flexibility
- Builds strength and range of motion
- Decreases inflammation
- Reduces scar tissue
Comprehensive Spine & Sports Center: Aquatic Therapy in Baltimore
Dr. Cohen and the experienced staff at Comprehensive Spine and Sports Center are here to answer your questions and develop a customized program to help you heal post-surgery. Plus, we offer other rehabilitation services such as non-surgical spinal decompression, chiropractic care and dry needling. Contact us today to find out more!