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Aquatic Therapy: The Therapeutic Effects of Water Explained - PT85

Aquatic Therapy: The Therapeutic Effects of Water Explained

by Andrea Salzman, MS, PT
(4.7 / 106 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Aquatic therapy is a specialized procedure that continues to gain popularity in the United States. “Aquatic” therapists (therapists who choose to work in water) must be generalists in nature as they are typically called on to work with pain patients, cardiac patients, neurological patients, and others. Yet, they must have a highly specialized skill set to do so. Aquatic therapy is recognized as a reimbursable therapeutic procedure by the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The American Medical Association has granted aquatic therapy its own CPT code for reimbursement (97113).


At the end of this introductory course, the participant will have a basic working knowledge of what makes the aquatic environment different than land, including the potential for benefit and harm. In addition, the participant will be able to identify commonly used equipment and manipulate its use for therapeutic gain.
  • Describe at least one therapeutic effect of: buoyancy, viscosity, hydrostatic pressure, and thermal shifts
  • Describe at least 5 therapeutic complaints that may benefit from aquatic therapy services
  • Identify at least 10 precautions or contraindications for the therapy pool
  • List at least one clinical use for each equipment item discussed in the course

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including physical and occupational therapists.
Physical Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 11/16/2018 to 6/11/2019.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
The OH PT Association (approval no. 19S2048 for 9/1/19 to 9/1/20).
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 8/30/19 to 8/30/23.

Course Originally Released on: 7/22/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/22/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/22/2022


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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April R - Vista, CA  ·  Jan 21, 2020
very informative material
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Joanna M - Pekin, IL  ·  Jan 18, 2020
Very comprehensive for a quick overview! Great for new clinicians to the aquatic environment.
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Michele C - Elkton, MD  ·  Jan 15, 2020
I always thought that incontinence was a contraindication to aquatic therapy, but that was incorrect.
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Danielle B - Chesterland, OH  ·  Jan 09, 2020
gave me new outlook to benefits of H2) therapy
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Nichole H - Jackson, MO  ·  Dec 31, 2019
This was a good course.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50