Hydrotherapy treatments use water to exercise and treat different conditions including knee injuries such as osteoarthritis, ligamentous injuries, joint replacements, and generalised pain. Hydrotherapy treatment for knee pain is especially beneficial because the buoyancy in water supports body weight which helps to reduce pain and increase range of movement. This allows you to complete movements and exercises that may be too difficult out of the water.
Hydrotherapy has been proven to have a positive effect on rehabilitation and function after knee joint replacement surgery. The hydrostatic pressure of the water assists in the reduction of swelling and the warm water increases range of motion, reduces muscle tension, and allows the muscles to relax to reduce the pain in the joint.
Hydrotherapy treatments are used for knee injuries to build the strength of the muscles in the lower limb, helping you get back to functional activities sooner. The water can be used to provide resistance to moving your limbs by performing targeted exercises that push your arms and legs against the water.
There is also evidence to support that there are many benefits in hydrotherapy for knee osteoarthritis. In addition to building muscle strength to support the joint, the relaxation effect of warm water and suppression of the sympathetic nerve system that occurs when in water have a positive effect on knee pain. The sensory input of the water can also improve proprioception which in turn improves balance and confidence.
If you are interested in hydrotherapy to treat knee injuries, knee pain, knee replacement, or knee osteoarthritis, contact Hoys Allied Health + Wellness to schedule a consultation. Or visit our hydrotherapy services page to learn more.