Although the study isn’t “hot off the press”, so many of our Olympic Hot Tub Company customers have told us about their knee replacement surgeries that I want to make sure everyone knew about this!
Alexandria, VA, January 24, 2007 – A recent study funded by the Hot Tub Council (HTC) of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) found that patients who undergo total knee replacement surgery and incorporate water exercise into their treatment, as opposed to land exercise alone, have a greater opportunity to return to normal function faster. The warm-water therapy study also found patients to have an improved range of motion and less pain and swelling throughout the recovery process.
The HTC provided a $50,000 grant to the Foundation for Physical Therapy (FPT) to conduct the study. The FPT awarded the grant to Richard McAvoy, a physical therapist in Somersworth, New Hampshire. McAvoy created two experimental groups of 30 people who had undergone unilateral total knee arthroplasties. One group of participants utilized only land-based therapy, while the other group was exposed to both land- and water-based therapy, the latter in a pool heated to 92 degrees Fahrenheit Note: It’s easy to adjust the temperature in a Hot Spring Spa to 92 degrees.) Range of motion, pain, swelling and functional status were measured and the hypothesis proven: warm-water therapy patients do, indeed, recover faster.
Though results from this study were in favor of warm-water therapy for rehabilitation post-knee replacement, there is more research to be done.
So considering knee surgery? Maybe you’ve already scheduled it for later this year. Don’t be like my sister-in-law in Cheyenne who had both knees replaced at the same time and did no water therapy. She was in terrible pain for a year. You can avoid it and come out stronger using a hot tub!!
SANUM PER AQUA. Latin for Health through Water.
From: HotTubLiving.com and APSP, the Association of Pool and Spa