Webinar Highlights Ways Aquatic Therapy Breaks Barriers to Rehab Compliance

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Physical therapy professionals know that patients who are “one and done” often avoid coming back because of physical and psychological barriers. On October 11, Keith Ori and Teresa Kropp of Orthopedic Rehab, Inc., will present a one-hour HydroWorx webinar to discuss ways to use aquatic therapy to improve patient compliance.

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Aquatic therapy has proven to be an excellent way to break down the boundaries for patients who might otherwise stop attending their rehabilitation after one or two sessions.

One of the biggest hurdles for physical therapists is making certain that their patients continue to come back appointment after appointment. Non-compliance can be rampant in the industry due to several psychological and physical barriers. These commonly include those who are low functioning or non-weight bearing, have a low pain tolerance, have co-morbities or are obese. Aquatic therapy has proven to be an excellent way to break down the boundaries for patients who might otherwise stop attending their rehabilitation after one or two sessions.

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, HydroWorx will host a webinar on this topic. Led by presenters Keith Ori and Teresa Kropp, both of Orthopedic Rehab, Inc. in Kalispell, Montana, “Using Aquatic Therapy to Avoid the One-and-Done Patient” is scheduled for 1:00-2:00 p.m. E.D.T. During the hour-long live event, Ori and Kropp will share their successes in using water therapy as a means to reduce patient noncompliance and increase patient recovery, as well as revenue streams.

Attendees of “Using Aquatic Therapy to Avoid the One-and-Done Patient” will be introduced to the subject through a series of discussions including:

  • Why land-based physical therapy can be so uncomfortable for some individuals that it leaves them unable to bear the thought of returning for another session.
  • How low-functioning, non- or low-weight bearing patients feel when exercising in the water.
  • How to identify people most likely to stop returning to physical therapy.
  • Ways to develop new strategies to engage patients hesitant to continue with physical therapy.
  • Why water makes an ideal treatment environment for individuals not “sold” on land-based rehabilitation.
  • Best practices for using aquatic therapy as a tool to foster physical and mental success in an effort to keep patients coming back.
  • How to attract and build aquatic therapy referrals from physicians.

“Using Aquatic Therapy to Avoid the One-and-Done Patient” is free to the public, but pre-registration is required. Please visit http://ww2.hydroworx.com/webinar-fear-avoidance to reserve a spot for this online event.

About the Speakers
Keith Ori is the owner of Montana-based Orthopedic Rehab, Inc. He has practiced as a physical therapist for more than 30 years, and is also a clinical instructor with the University of Montana. He has opened seven physical therapist owned clinics specializing in post-op physical therapy, and works with orthopedic surgeons and his own staff to develop world-class pool therapy and client protocols. He has spoken extensively about his aquatic business model and has authored pieces on the value of aquatic therapy.

Teresa Kropp specializes in aquatic therapy, orthopedics and sports medicine. Like Ori, she received her degree in the early 1980s. As the clinical manager of the Aquatic and Spine Center, Orthopedic Rehab, Inc., Montana, she brings her skills and experience to her rehabilitation work.

About HydroWorx
Since the late 1990s, HydroWorx has manufactured aquatic therapy pools with integrated underwater treadmills to enable rehabilitation professionals to more effectively offer their patients the opportunity to increase range of motion, decrease risk of falls and joint stress, and remain motivated through the rehab process.

Products such as the HydroWorx 2000 and 500 Series therapy pools, along with the new HydroWorx 300 system have revolutionized the face of aquatic therapy; in fact, HydroWorx technology is used by world-class facilities such as OrthoCarolina, Cleveland Clinic, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Genesis Healthcare, Neuroworx, Clear Choice Healthcare, PruittHealth, Premier Rehab, Leg Up Farm and many other healthcare facilities across the country.

HydroWorx offers a wide range of underwater treadmill pools and peripheral products and services. Every day, more than 29,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions.

More information about HydroWorx can be found at http://www.HydroWorx.com.

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