Hydrotherapy

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hi I would like anyone's opinion on hydrotherapy.  I am 10 weeks post op and in pain, stiffness and bend not good.   I have decided on some private hydrotherapy (as it's not given under NHS).  It's expensive and I wonder whether it is worth it and what others have benefitted from it.  I would really welcome any feedback please.  I am back on oxycodone and paracetamol, to enable me to do pedalling exercises.  I am getting worried about the lack of bend.

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    I had two hydrotherapy sessions whilst in hospital and three each week for the next few weeks and I loved it! If you can splash the cash, so to speak, I'd go for it! Saying that,if you have a local public pool nearby then you could perhaps go to some private lessons and then go to the public pool and do the exercises on your own which would be inexpensive. At my local pool there's a ramp to access the pool, which is much easier than a ladder and I tend to go in term time when the pool is nice and quiet as you need to avoid being kicked! Good luck!
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      I am just amazed how hydrotherapy varies from trust to trust in the nhs.   I do think it's bad that you have to pay for it but if it's going to be of benefit then it might be worth it.  I just wished it was the same rules all over the UK.
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    I would recommend hydrotherapy to anyone. I was given six sessions on the NHS after I had had my knee arthroscopy and then paid to go on a regular basis until I had my first TKR, then ubtil I hadmy second one.  I didn't start back after my second one but often wish I had carried on going - it is easier doing exercises in the water than on the ground and the water is soothing/uplifting. I tried going to my local leisure centre to do my exercises in the pool, but the water was too cold.

    It's a shame you have to pay for it but if you can afford it, I would give it a go.

    Good Luck!

     

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    Hi Susan, I would recommend hydrotherapy. I started 2.5 weeks post-op (both knees partial replacement) and straight away felt it helped my flexibility and balance, and encouraged me to move normally. I am having one session per week of hydrotherapy with a physiotherapist (luckily on medical insurance) plus one session per week unsupervised in the same pool to practice the exercises (£50 for 6 sessions). I do exercises, ice and self massage at home in between as well but I feel the pool sessions are key to the improvement in my knee bend. I would say give it a try; it can't do harm and might do good.

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    Hi Susan. You mentioned problems with bend. Can you quantify what your bend is? Hydrotherapy does help. It's helped me a lot. My best bend is in the steam room or sauna. I joined total fitness gym which has these facilities and it really is cost effective especially as I can go every day.

    Robert 

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    Hi Susan, interestingly I am 95 first thing, but once warmed up,I get to 110. Even more in sauna. I belong to total fitness. They all have hydros and at £29.50 it's great value for me.
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    dont worrie we all recover at different times , i went to hydro before my opp and it was fantastic loved it , but wouldnt pay for it as im not sure it helped physicaly , mentaly wonderful , after my opp i went swimming , my local pool did a group in the small pool where the water was heated up for people like us who were doing exercises in warm water , so ask your pool if they do any thing like this . hope this helps
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    I had two knee replacements.. the first.. I spent a couple weeks about the 6 to 8 week marker working out in a large therapy pool heated quite above a normal pool.. and that leg healed wonderfully..   My other TKR I got an infection in after surgery so was unable to get into the water.. and have had so much pain and problems..  cant bend it, straighten it..  and am in constant pain.. Looking for help on that one..  but the therapy pool was awsome..   I just now bought a big jacuzzi in my back yard and have started exercizing my painful leg hoping its not too late to help..  good luck
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