We’ve learned that aquatic therapy and the underwater treadmill can be invaluable in every part of the rehabilitation process—from just days after the surgery to continued low-impact conditioning after the athlete has returned to sport.
Middletown, PA (PRWEB) April 11, 2014
You usually hear it pop.
That’s the sound of the anterior cruciate ligament snapping and sometimes leaving its intended home on the femur; a gap forming between the torn edges of the ligament. If the ACL—one of two criss-crossing ligaments just under the knee cap—is completely torn, it is repairable only through surgery.
An ACL injury occurs when the bones of the leg twist in opposite directions. It is the most common knee ailments for athletes, especially skiers, football, soccer, and basketball players because it often accompanies a pivot, a landing or a jump.
After the injury, the knee swells and it hurts—intensely—especially when the athlete attempts any land-based, load-bearing activity. Because of this, preparing for and healing from ACL surgery can be a long, arduous process. But rehabbing in water can make a difference. Advanced technology in hydrotherapy is being utilized around the globe to unload the damaged joint and more effectively prepare athletes pre-op and post-op, expediting the healing process.
On Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT, Randy Cohen, Associate AD-Medical Services for the University of Arizona, will present a free webcast streaming live from the HydroWorx pool on campus, entitled “The Stages of Aquatic Rehabilitation After ACL Tear.” The webcast will educate participants about the benefits of aquatic therapy through each stage of ACL rehabilitation, including controlling pain and swelling, early stage rehabilitation and low-impact conditioning.
“An ACL tear is a common sports-related injury that affects many athletes,” stated Cohen, ATC. “We’ve learned that aquatic therapy and the underwater treadmill can be invaluable in every part of the rehabilitation process—from just days after the surgery to continued low-impact conditioning after the athlete has returned to sport.”
In the webcast, Cohen will discuss how water therapy and the HydroWorx pools enhance the overall rehab process, resulting in increased function when the athlete returns to play.
Attendees will learn how water’s natural properties assist with:
1. Controlling pain and swelling
2. Early stage rehabilitation
3. Low-impact conditioning protocols
4. Enhanced function when returning to play
Those attending in person will have the opportunity to try out the HydroWorx 2000 Series pool and 1200 Series pool as well as the ThermalPlunge and PolarPlunge pools. Please bring your bathing suit and towel and register HERE.
Randy Cohen is currently the Associate AD—Medical Services at the University of Arizona. He has been in that position since 2001. Before coming to Arizona, Randy was an assistant athletic trainer for eight years at Purdue University and spent one season as an intern athletic trainer at University of Notre Dame. Randy has a degree in athletic training from Purdue University, a degree in physical therapy from the University of Illinois - Chicago, and a doctorate of physical therapy from Simmons College. He is the chair of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) College and University Athletic Training Committee.
HydroWorx, based in Middletown, Pennsylvania, offers a wide range of underwater treadmill therapy pools, and peripheral products and services. Every day, more than 23,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions.
More information about HydroWorx’s upcoming webinars, as well as archived webcasts from previous events, can be found by visiting http://www.hydroworx.com/research-education/webinar_webcasts.aspx.
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