College of Health Professions
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.
Combined Sections Meeting
Goehring, Meri; Bergmooser, Andrue B.; Decker, Kevin J.; Mason, Nicholas R.; and Kinne, Bonni, "Platform presentation" (2015). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 596.