Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants


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Physical Therapy


College of Health Professions

Date Range



Medicine and Health Sciences


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Joint replacement procedures are increasing. The purpose of this systematic literature review was to determine if aquatic therapy is an effective intervention post total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and/or total hip arthroplasty (THA). METHODS: Inclusion criteria for review (1) TKA or THA, (2) aquatic therapy group (3) comparison group without aquatic therapy, (4) specific outcome measures, and (5) randomized controlled trials. Evidence level was determined by The Oxford Center for Evidence-Based Medicine. Methodological rigor of each study was evaluated using the PEDro scale. RESULTS: Of 1508 articles reviewed, 6 were included. Four found significant differences favoring aquatic therapy. One found no differences between aquatic and land therapy. One found no differences between specific aquatic, non-specific aquatic, and land therapy. CONCLUSION: Aquatic therapy is a viable intervention improving function, pain, and quality of life in individuals following TKA or THA.

Conference Name

Combined Sections Meeting

Conference Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

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