Prior to a procedure for your knee, your independence will be limited because of the following symptoms: swelling, difficulty bending and straightening your knee, and decreased strength. These limitations will contribute to difficulty with walking, squatting, and negotiating stairs – in addition to higher level activities – running and jumping.
Participating in The KOR’s orthopedic aquatic rehabilitation (OAR) program will assist you by decreasing pain and swelling while exercising in our pool. This is accomplished by the buoyancy of the water and the hydrostatic pressure, which helps to limit the compressive forces on the painful area, while also assisting with circulation to decrease the swelling.1
A study in 2007, found that a six week intervention of OAR for individuals with knee osteoarthritis (OA) resulted in less pain, improved function, increased strength, and improved quality of life.2
Strengthening for your leg is achieved while exercising in our variable depth pool. This allows you to safely progress your independence with functional exercises like squats and stairs, in addition to our underwater treadmill to assist you with walking. These are the foundations for your return to higher level activities (return to sport). Treatments are transitioned from the water to land as your strength and function improves and your pain decreases.
Research involving individuals with OA who were involved with exercise (aquatic and land-based exercises) had significant improvements with strength, flexibility, and aerobic capacity when compared to individuals who did not exercise.3,4
The KOR specializes with integrating manual therapy techniques, land-based, and aquatic-based exercises to help you achieve your full potential.
1. Prins J, Cutner D. Aquatic therapy in the rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Clin Sports Med. 1999 Apr;18(2):447-61, ix.
2. Hinman RS, Heywood SE, Day AR. Aquatic physical therapy for hip and knee osteoarthritis; results of a single-blind randomized controlled trial. Phys Ther. 2007 Jan;87(1): 32-43.
3. Uthman OA, van der Windt DA, Jordan JL, Dziedzic KS, Healey EL, Peat GM, Foster NE. Exercise for lower limb osteoarthritis; systematic review incorporating trial sequential analysis and network meta-analysis. BMJ. 2013 Sep 20;347.
4. Uthman OA, van der Windt DA, Jordan JL, Dziedzic KS, Healey EL, Peat GM, Foster NE. Exercise for lower limb osteoarthritis: systematic review incorporating trial sequential analysis and network meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med. 2014 Nov;48(21):1579.