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Endless Pools hydrotherapy pools for aquatics rehabilitation
Endless Pools
Hydrotherapy Pools

Water-Based Intervention for Musculoskeletal Disorders

 
$0.00 - $5,995.00
Location:
Your facility
Dates:
Your choice
Instructor:
PT
Hours:
16.0
Credits:
20.0 CCUs
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate
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Now approved for 20 CCUs by
Federation of State Boards of PT.
That's 4 free credits!

 

ABOUT THIS 2-DAY LAB-INTENSIVE COURSE

The course is designed to rapidly introduce participants to basic and intermediate aquatic treatment ideas for the musculoskeletal patient. It will provide an overview of treatments pertinent to pediatric, adult and geriatric practices, with an emphasis on the following musculoskeletal conditions: s/p fracture, internal trauma, sprain, strain or dislocation, s/p joint replacement (e.g. TKR), s/p tendon or ligament repair (e.g. ACL), arthritis, chronic pain syndromes (e.g. fibromyalgia), and back and neck dysfunction.

 

Provides participants with insight into musculoskeletal-specific precautions and contraindications to immersion. Teaches participants to justify aquatic therapy interventions to payers and referral sources. Includes an 8 hour aquatic lab of the most clinically useful elements of  popular aquatic specialty techniques for the musculoskeletal population.

 



LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Verbally justify why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if (a) the patient is difficult to support or handle, (b) the patient is in pain, or (c) if the therapist cannot adequately access the patient’s body on land, (d) the patient has lower extremity swelling.

     
  2. Verbally describe 3-4 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the patient with musculoskeletal complaints.

     
  3. Given a case scenario, make an argument for and against the relative merits of allowing patients with a specific precaution to participate in aquatic therapy.

     
  4. Gather, organize, and synthesize information regarding what payers (including Medicare) have to say about aquatic therapy for the patient with musculoskeletal complaints.

     
  5. Make a 3 minute verbal “case” for providing aquatic therapy services for a patient with a specific musculoskeletal condition. Be able to identify, locate, and analyze supportive research to bolster your case.

     
  6. With supervision and insruction, progress a specific aquatic task from a lower level of function towards increased independence. Repeat without supervision or instruction.

     
  7. Demonstrate 3-4 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to:
  • increase strength
  • improve ROM
  • decrease pain and muscle spasm
  • improve trunk stability
  • improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception
  • improve functional skills

     

8. Select, justify the choice, then demonstrate 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities from each of the following specialty techniques (as each relates to the client with musculoskeletal complaints):

  • Aquatic adaptations of the Berg
  • Aquatic manual therapy and stretching
  • Aquatic yoga
  • Bad Ragaz Ring Method
  • Functional skills training
  • Progressive resistive exercise
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
  • Salzman Blanket Drills (SBDs)
  • Trunk stabilization
  • Watsu

     

9. Working with a partner, develop and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following conditions:

  • s/p fracture, internal trauma, sprain, strain or dislocation
  • s/p joint replacement (e.g. TKR)
  • s/p tendon or ligament repair (e.g. ACL)
  • arthritis
  • chronic pain syndromes (e.g. fibromyalgia)
  • back and neck dysfunction

 



TARGET AUDIENCE

This course is  primarily for  professionals  during  their  first  2 years of concentrated effort performing aquatic therapy. Those  likely  to  benefit  most are:  PTAs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs and ATCs who are at the basic or intermediate level of skill acquisition and/or those who are at a higher level of skill, but who are looking for a survey course that provides a sample of most aquatic therapy techniques currently practiced. This class is a required class for individuals seeking ATU Credentialing in the Musculo Track.

 


SAMPLE SCHEDULE

Day 1

8-9:30  (Lecture and Land Lab)  Verbally justify why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if (a) the patient is difficult to support or handle, (b) the patient is in pain, or (c) if the therapist cannot adequately access the patient’s body on land, (d) the patient has LE swelling

 

9:30-10:15  (Lecture and Land Lab)  Verbally describe 3-4 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction

 

10:15-12:00  (Lecture and Land Lab)  View video, problem solve and perform (in land setting) aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to:

  • increase strength
  • improve ROM
  • decrease pain and muscle spasm
  • improve trunk stability
  • improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception
  • improve functional skills

 

12:00-1:00 Lunch, change for pool

 

1:00-3:15  (Pool Lab)  Demonstrate 3-4 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to:

  • increase strength
  • improve ROM
  • decrease pain and muscle spasm
  • improve trunk stability
  • improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception
  • improve functional skills

 

3:15-3:30  Informal discussion/energy break

 

3:30-5:15  (Pool Lab)  Progress a specific aquatic task from a lower level of function towards increased independence

 

Day 2

8-10:00  (Lecture and Land Lab)  Make a 3 minute verbal “case” for providing aquatic therapy services for a patient with a specific musculoskeletal condition. Be able to identify, locate, and analyze supportive research to bolster case. Gather, organize, and synthesize information regarding what payers (including Medicare) have to say about aquatic therapy for patients with musculoskeletal impairments

 

10:00-12:00  (Lecture and Land Lab)  Examine sample protocols and progressions, make choices and reject alternatives of aquatic therapy for the following conditions:

o   s/p fracture, internal trauma, sprain, strain or dislocation

o   s/p joint replacement (e.g. TKR)

o   s/p tendon or ligament repair (e.g. ACL)

o   arthritis

o   chronic pain syndromes (e.g. fibromyalgia)

o   back and neck dysfunction

 

12:00-1:00  Lunch, change for pool

 

1:00-3:15  (Pool Lab)   Working with a partner, develop and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following conditions:

o   s/p fracture, internal trauma, sprain, strain or dislocation

o   s/p joint replacement (e.g. TKR)

o   s/p tendon or ligament repair (e.g. ACL)

 

3:15-3:30  Informal discussion/energy break

 

3:30-5:15  (Pool Lab)  Working with a partner, develop and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following conditions:

o   chronic pain syndromes (e.g. fibromyalgia)

o   back and neck dysfunction

 



ATU CREDENTIALING

This is a 700 series class (teaches Basic-Intermediate skills). This class is a required class for individuals seeking ATU Credentialing in the Musculo Track.

 



CANCELLATION POLICY:

 

Programming Changes: Due to unforeseen circumstances, ATU schedules, instructors and/or meals may need to be changed without notice.


Cancellation of Class By ATU: ATU classes may be cancelled for low registration up to 30 days prior to the class. In this event, a full refund of class tuition or a voucher to another class will be issued to students. ATU does not reimburse change fees, airline tickets or any other travel related expenses, so please do not make plans until you receive the 30-day confirmation prior to the conference.


Cancellation of Class by Student:  A refund, minus a $175 reseating fee, will be given for student cancellations made prior to 30 days before the conference. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 30 day deadline. In the event of a student cancellation after the deadline, enrollment fees may be transferred to other ATU courses within 12 months at no charge.

 


ATU Inside℠ Staff Certification

Sign up for this value-packed add-on and we will provide you with two ATU Inside℠ window decals and a year's supply of customized marketing brochures for display in your lobby for. We also will mail up to 25 brochures to any referring physicians or clinics in your area to that you specify. Let the world know that your therapists have been trained by the best!

 



CEU Pre-Approval Service

Don't have the time or staff to fill out the myriad forms required by your state licensing board? Let our continuing-education experts handle all the paperwork headaches. We will apply for CEU pre-approvals and pay any fees required by your state PT and OT and ATC agencies for you so your therapists can concentrate on their clients.
 



Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp DVD Pre-Study Module

We will send you one DVD of our time-tested Aqautic Therapy Boot Camp, good for 4.0 credit hours for up to 10 viewers. Facilities choose this add-on to allow their staff to prepare in advance without the need for pool downtime. Take this module at your leisure during lunches or take-home sessions. Comes with enough manuals for your entire staff.

While ATU strives to present as small a footprint as possible to our valued customers, there is still a number of responsibilities we ask our facilities to fulfill . Here are some of those tasks:
 



Minimum Equipment List

A minimum equipment list is to be provided by the host facility. This is the pool equipment needed by the instructor to teach the polyclinic. This is to be either in possession or purchased by the start of class. ATU will provide the facility with the required MEL within 4 weeks of class as well as make a good faith effort to keep this list to the minimum needed for your staff to practice and treat patients with after we leave.
 



Catering

As host, you are free to administer your polyclinic as you see fit. While some facilities provide lunches and energy breaks to their staff during in-services, others release their staff to get lunch on their own. Either way you decide, please remember to treat all your attendees as you would your own staff. 
 



Pool Temperature

Water temperature should be kept as close to 91-93 degrees as possible to maximize attention span and minimize hypothermia during our 3-4 hour-long lab sessions. The air temp should also be kept within 10 degrees of the water temp. While we will hold the polyclinic no matter the temperature, you may want to consider holding the class at another pool in your area if your site cannot accommodate this range.
 



Facilitator

A point-of-contact is needed who is familiar with your facility and able to help coordinate and pre-plan the polyclinic with  ATU staff and instructor. This person will need to provide equipment lists, campus maps, directions, pool layouts and floor diagrams, as needed. Also, the facilitator should be available all days of the polyclinic to help set up the classroom, ready equipment for the labs, meet and orient the instructror, open up the facility and arrange for catering.

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