Compensatable Injuries

Hydrotherapy programs for compensable clients

WHO IS APPROPRIATE FOR PARTICIPATION IN A HYDROTHERAPY PROGRAM?

  • De-Conditioned Clients: Hydrotherapy is a good early precussor in preparing certain clients for graduation into a more physically demanding program.
  • Acute Pathologies: e.g. acute spinal pain, nerve root compromise, early post op rehabilitation. Hydrotherapy allows for early mobilization and exercise with the heat of the water reducing pain and spasm.
  • Long Term Disabilities: e.g. long standing pain (greater than 3 months) or recurrent episodes of pain. Such patients may need an exercise program to maintain mobility, balance, co-ordination and fitness.
  • Psychological Indices: e.g. clients who display fear avoidance behaviors towards physical activity and RTW including anxiety, depression and fear of re-injury. In some cases high pain focused individuals became a passive participant in their rehabilitation often becoming reliant on passive symptom related treatment. Hydrotherapy is ideal in breaking the cycle as the warm water will itself act as a form of treatment (or pain relief) which will improve their compliance and motivation to regular activity initially in the water.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE HYDROWORKS PROGRAMS

Focus is on educating client so to establish a suitable program that following a suitable period of supervision a largely self-directed form of Hydrotherapy is possible. This ensures early self-management and keeps costs to a minimum.

The number of Hydrotherapy sessions will be dependant upon initial assessment and goals, however, for most injured clients, a standard program consists of twice weekly sessions for three weeks. In some cases two to four sessions may be sufficient and in others (e.g. complex trauma, neurologicals) the degree of disability may necessitate more visits.


Initial and final reports will be forwarded to referrer and detail goals, outcomes and subsequent recommendations e.g. RTW upgrades, suitability for graduating into a gym based program, need for a pool pass to allow for further consolidations etc.


Below is a sample of a typical hydrotherapy trearment plan

Initial Assessment with Report
Six (6) Supervised Sessions
Twelve (12) self directed pool entries
Final Report