Don't just tread water...fight it.

Colo Aquatic Center

Because of a generous donation from Larry and Norma Colo, the therapists at Hammond-Henry Rehab Services are able to include aquatic therapy into programs for patients of all ages and abilities.  This state-of-the-art pool is a rare find in a small community, but there is nothing small about the difference it can make.

What is aquatic therapy?

Aquatic therapy is occupational and physical therapy that takes place in a pool under the supervision of a trained healthcare professional.  Aquatic therapy is also known as aquatic rehabilitation, water therapy, pool therapy, aqua therapy, therapeutic aquatic exercise or hydrotherapy. 

Goals of Aquatic Therapy

  • Improving flexibility & mobility
  • Improving balance and coordination
  • Increasing strength and range of motion
  • Assisting with gait and locomotion
  • Building endurance

Aquatic therapy is different from aquatic exercise or aquatic fitness because it is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that requires the involvement of a trained professional and is covered by many insurance providers due to the personalized nature of the treatment.  Aquatic exercise does not need to be supervised by a trained professional.  It is also not covered by insurance, and it often takes place in a group setting that includes multiple people with different levels of physical fitness.

Who can do aquatic therapy?

Aquatic therapy can be applied to a variety of therapy goals.  Athletes, those with joint replacements, pediatric patients…any one can benefit from aquatic therapy so long as it aligns with the goals that are set up with your therapist team. 

Common conditions that would benefit from an Aquatic Therapy program include:

  • ACL
  • Arthritis
  • Arthroscopic surgery recovery
  • Balance disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Joint replacement surgery (hip & knee)
  • Lower back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sports injury rehab
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stroke

If you’d like to learn more about aquatic therapy please visit Hydroworx.

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 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 do I wear in the pool?

Comfort is important in therapy.  You are welcome to wear swimwear, t-shirts, shorts. Aqua socks/shoes are required if you have decreased sensations in your feet.  Please remember to bring a towel.  A robe or towel will be handy to wrap yourself in as you walk from the pool to the changing area.

Features & Benefits of our Hydroworx 2000 pool:

Adjustable Floor with Variable Water Depth

  • Entire hydrotherapy pool floor is fully adjustable in height for safe access without ladders or steps
  • Patients simply walk or are wheeled onto the floor and lowered to appropriate depth up to 6 ft.
  • Entire entry and lowering process takes only 30 seconds

Variable Speed Underwater Treadmill

  • The entire 8’ x 12’ floor doubles as a variable speed treadmill
  • Treadmill smoothly increase from 0 to 8.5 mph in safe .2 mph increments
  • Treadmill surface has a cushioned low-impact design with excellent traction

Resistance Therapy Jet with Massage Hose

  • Jets are useful for orthopedic therapy, sports performance, training, swimming or deep tissue massage
  • Jet speeds are adjustable up to 200 water speeds

Underwater Cameras & Monitoring System

  • Additional cameras and viewing monitors enhance our diagnostic capacity
  • Five cameras: two in the front, two side views, and one rear view with a flat screen monitor for viewing