Arthritis Studies

Chronic Arthritis - Denzil

Objective

To have mobility while in water and get a pain free workout.

Background

Denzil is a long term physiotherapy patient who is trying HYDRO PHYSIO to get a level of mobility into his life routine. On land he struggles to walk more than 100 metres.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 32˚C
  • Speed: 1.5 to 2.8kph as sessions developed
  • Depth: 1120mm
  • Resistance Jets: For calf massage at the end of the session
  • Direction: Forward and reverse
  • Number of Sessions: 20

Outcomes

The Lifestyle trainer allows him pain free exercise and a sense of personal achievement. ‘I haven’t walked so far in ten years! I’m so happy and don’t feel any pain. I can’t believe it’ Denzil said after his first session, with a look of amazement and satisfaction. Denzil finishes his treatments with 15 minutes in the warm water of the Wellbeing pool, stretching and relaxing muscles with massage jets. A cardiovascular workout for patients like Denzil is essential for their overall health. The sense of achievement in being able to exercise is a stimulant that builds confidence and gives a lot of happiness.

Arthritis in Hips and Knees - Margaret

Objective

To manage arthritis and keep well.

Background

Margaret was suffering with chronic arthritis in her hip and both knees, which resulted in severe mobility problems. She experienced constant pain and her quality of life was affected significantly.

Programme

  • Duration: 20 minutes per session
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 0.8 to 1.3kph as sessions developed
  • Depth: 1000mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards
  • Number of Sessions: 20

Outcomes

Due to chronic arthritis, Margaret came to us with walking difficulties, dragging her legs as she mobilised. She loved shopping but, as her situation deteriorated, she needed to stop and rest every 15 minutes.

Her physical condition was having a negative impact on her quality of life, which was affecting her psychologically too. Margaret's underwater treadmill sessions enabled her to walk without pain and enjoy all the benefits of exercise.

Margaret's condition has improved a great deal and she is now able to manage a couple of hours in a shopping centre. To manage her arthritis and keep well, Margaret has opted to keep going with her sessions.

Osteoarthritis and Knee Replacements - Neil

Objective

Minimise the symptoms of arthritis and two new knees.

Background

With two knee replacements and osteoarthritis in his spine, hands and shoulder joints.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes per session
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 3.0 to 5.0kph as sessions developed
  • Depth: 1100mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards and reverse
  • Number of Sessions: 10

Outcomes

Although reasonably fit, Neil suffers with arthritis in a number of joints. With two new knees and arthritis in his spine, hands and shoulder joints, he was keen to minimise symptoms and manage the condition effectively.

Neil's programme included underwater treadmill training and Wellness pool exercises.This combination provided the perfect way to keep fit and maintain a healthy weight, without pain or further damage to his joints. Swelling and inflammation were reduced. Improvement was seen with a greater range of movement, increased strength and improved mood.

Arthritis and Improving Overall Health - David

Objective

Managing pain and becoming healthier.

Background

An arthritic right hip and recovery from a broken ankle compounded David's weight problem and made exercise extremely difficult.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 3.0kph gradually increasing to 5.0kph
  • Depth: 1200mm reduced to 1100mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards and backwards
  • Number of Sessions: 20

Outcomes

David had broken his ankle eight months previously and also suffered from an arthritic hip, which meant that he was in constant back and ankle pain and found it difficult to exercise.

Already overweight, David was looking for a low impact, pain-free way to reduce his weight and improve his overall health.

To begin with, David did just four minutes on the treadmill at a speed of 3.0kph with the water level at 1200mm, making it a comfortable and careful introduction to the programme.

Four sessions later, David was up to 30 minutes, at a speed of 5.0kph and the water level had been dropped to 1100mm, which reflected his enhanced fitness levels and significant progress. We've seen incredible results from David's programme as he's already lost 4 stone and reports that his ankle is 90% better and his back is 80% better.

Arthritic Ankle - Andrew

Objective

Improving the condition of an arthritic ankle.

Background

Andrew, now in his 60s, enjoyed a lot of sport when he was younger, particularly rugby and squash. Although these sports are known to be quite hard on joints, Andrew's arthritis is more likely to be hereditary as his father and now both his children suffer with arthritis.

Already having had a shoulder joint replacement, he now struggles with severe arthritis in his ankle. Keen to avoid ankle surgery and the 12 month recovery time, Andrew's aim was to improve the condition of his ankle using a hydrotherapy programme and then maintain the situation.

Programme

  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 2.0kph to 4.5kph
  • Depth: 1200mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards, backwards and sideways
  • Number of Sessions: 20

Advantages and Outcomes

Andrew’s programme consisted of sessions on the HYDRO PHYSIO underwater treadmill to build strength and increase range of movement, combined with cryotherapy to reduce inflammation.

Initially, Andrew had poor mobility and could only walk for a few minutes before stopping. Now, he has much better mobility and is able to look after his large garden.

Arthritis - Patt

Objective

Keeping fit with back problems.

Background

Patt has had a long-standing back problem and suffered with pain from an early age and was even encouraged to wear a corset to relieve the pain at one point. She was previously a PE teacher and has enjoyed sport throughout her life, which means she's otherwise physically fit and in great shape.

As time has gone on, Patt's back has become arthritic and developed degenerative problems with the discs. This has really affected her ability to exercise, which is a big part of her social life.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 2.0kph to 5.0kph
  • Depth: 1100mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards, backwards and sideways
  • Number of Sessions: 2

Advantages and Outcomes

Even though Patt is at the beginning of her hydrotherapy programme, she has already been able to run at a speed of 5kph and experienced no pain. The water fully decompressed her spine, allowing her discs to move more freely and improve her range of movement.

Training in the HYDRO PHYSIO underwater treadmill has enabled Patt to keep fit again and enjoy all the benefits of exercise.

Arthritic Knee - Peter

Objective

Rehabilitation after a knee replacement operation and improving the condition of the remaining arthritic knee.

Background

Retired managing director, Peter, 81, is in good shape except for suffering with arthritis in his knees.

Playing rugby in earlier life, together with the usual wear and tear has more than likely contributed to his current condition.

Peter's aims were to strengthen the supporting muscles and lose weight to reduce the pressure on his knees.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 2.0kph to 4.0kph
  • Depth: 1100mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards, backwards and sideways
  • Number of Sessions: 6

Advantages and Outcomes

Exercising in the HYDRO PHYSIO underwater treadmill allowed both knees to move more freely, supported by the water and with the load dramatically reduced. Range of movement has increased and Peter's overall health and fitness has improved.

This form of exercise has resulted in less pain, inflammation and joint stiffness – a welcome relief to anyone suffering with arthritis.

Outcomes

The programme started with some initial HYDRO PHYSIO underwater treadmill sessions to address the knee surgery rehabilitation and then concluded with cryotherapy to reduce inflammation and aid recovery.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – Sandra

Objective

Rehabilitation after knee surgery and the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Background

The main reason for Sandra embarking on a hydrotherapy programme was to rehabilitate following knee surgery. Osteoarthritis had severely affected her knee, which resulted in an arthroscopy procedure to repair the damaged cartilage.

Sandra also suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, particularly in her hands, and experiences a great deal of pain. This autoimmune condition triggers the immune system to attack cells that line the joints, making them swollen, stiff and painful. Although there is no known cure, supportive treatments such as hydrotherapy can help to control symptoms.

Programme

  • Underwater treadmill for rehabilitation
  • Wellness pool for symptom control
  • Cryotherapy to reduce inflammation