Knee OA: Aquatic Physical Therapy Evidence-Based Treatment Recommendations
Section: Aquatic Physical Therapy Section
Session Code: AQ-3B-8897
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio
Room: Republic A
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common diagnoses encountered in physical therapy. The Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association has established clinical practice guidelines for the evaluation and treatment of nonoperative knee conditions, and these guidelines have been integrated as 'Best Practice Guidelines' for land-based physical therapy evaluations and treatment. Aquatic physical therapists seek similar treatment recommendations in the aquatic environment for knee OA. To promote continuity of care within a larger health care organization and ultimately all aquatic physical therapists, this presentation will demonstrate best-practice treatment recommendations for the aquatic evaluation and management of knee OA. The project will include a review of current literature, development of an appropriate aquatic physical therapy knee OA evaluation, evidence-based treatment recommendations, patient educational materials, equipment recommendations, and appropriate treatment outcomes measures.
1. Present current literature related to land-based and aquatic physical therapy treatment of knee OA.
2. Describe guidelines for clinical decisions identifying appropriate treatment plans for integration of land and/or aquatic physical therapy.
3. Create an aquatic evaluation for knee OA to include: aquatic physical therapy screening, justification components, and land- and aquatic-specific goals.
4. Provide evidence-based aquatic physical therapy treatment recommendations, including exercises, guidelines for activity modification and progression, patient education, provision of a pool referral list, and activities for home exercise programs.
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