Integrating Aquatic PT into the Treatment Plan for Recurrent and Chronic LBP
Section: Aquatic Physical Therapy Section
Co-Section: Orthopaedics Section
Session Code: AQ-2C-6455
Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio
Room: Republic A

Speaker(s):   Christine McNamara, PT, DPT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Advanced

Given the incidence and prevalence of low back pain (LBP), physical therapists are being challenged to develop innovative treatment plans to address impairments and functional limitations across the full rehabilitation spectrum. Buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, and the generally supportive properties of water make it possible for patients to initiate and progress movement and to participate in higher intensity strengthening and endurance exercises without the deleterious effects of impact and gravity. This session will present an integrated intervention model that combines land-based and aquatic physical therapy for patients with recurrent and chronic LBP, with the ultimate goal of providing a fluid, responsive treatment plan that addresses the patient's tolerance and capacity for movement and exercise in a timely manner.

Learning Objectives:

1. With respect to patients with recurrent and/or chronic LBP, compare the effects of specific movements and exercises in the aquatic environment with similar activities on land.
2. Select the environment?aquatic or land-based?that most closely meets the specific capabilities and goals of patients with recurrent and/or chronic LBP.
3. Develop a plan of care for patients with recurrent and/or chronic LBP that integrates aquatic and land-based physical therapy.
4. Differentiate between the effects of similar fitness activities on land and in the water for patients with recurrent and/or chronic LBP.

CEU: 0.2

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