Do I need a referral from a physician to participate?
As with any skilled therapy, you will need to obtain a prescription from your physician for therapy. Your therapist will work with you to determine if aquatic rehab is a good fit for your recovery plan.
Will my insurance cover Aquatic Rehab?
It is important that you check with your insurance company prior to initiating aquatic rehab to assure your plan covers this service. It is your responsibility to assure you have coverage for aquatic rehab. The CPT code for aquatic rehab is 97113.
What are the criteria for participation in Aquatic Rehab?
Prior to deciding if aquatic rehab is appropriate for you, your therapist will complete a land based evaluation. It will be important that you provide the therapist with complete details regarding your past medical history to assure that aquatic rehab is an appropriate option. Your therapist will use aquatic rehab in conjunction with land based therapy to work towards your personalized therapy goals. There are several contraindications and precautions to participating in aquatic therapy and your therapist will discuss these will you prior to recommending the aquatic environment for therapy. Some of these medical considerations include:
- being medically stable
- continent of bowel (no diarrhea in last 14 days)
- open wounds
- Perforated eardrum
- ability to tolerate and function in a water temperature of 87-91 degrees
What What if I can't swim?
Patients do not have to be able to swim; you will be able to touch the floor at all times. The pool floor is adjustable to each individual height and comfort level.
What if I have a fear of water?
Our caring staff will be happy to work with you as you get used to our aquatic facilities in a low stress environment.
What do I wear in the pool?
Comfort is important in therapy – you are welcome to wear swimwear, t-shirts, shorts and aqua socks/shoes are required if you have decreased sensation in your feet. Goggles and swim caps are rarely needed. Please remember to bring a towel also. A robe or towel will be handy to wrap yourself in as you walk from the pool to changing area.
Is there a secured locker room?
We offer a private changing area/restroom and will have areas for your belongings. You may bring your own lock but will be asked to take home all belongings after each therapy session.
Do I have to shower?
We do offer a shower, and you will be required to rinse off before entering the pool. We ask that you please be considerate of others waiting in the pool/changing area.
How will I get in and out of the pool?
Our pool has a variable depth feature that allows for the floor of the pool to rise to surface level for easy entry/exiting of the pool for our patients. In addition, this allows for use of special aquatic assistive devices and wheelchairs as needed.
Where do I go for my aquatic therapy?
You will check in at our main desk, just like you do for land-based therapy. Someone will show you back to the pool area at the beginning of your appointment.
Will my hair get wet?
While you will not be submerged, splashing can and does occur in the aquatic environment. Feel free to bring a shower cap if you wish.
How long will my session last?
Treatment sessions will range from 30-45 minutes; however this does not include changing time so please plan accordingly.