A 2-day lab-intensive course presented by Aquatic Therapy University (ATU) will introduce participants to basic and intermediate aquatic treatment ideas for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. The course, titled “Water-Based Interventions for Musculoskeletal Disorders: An Aquatic Therapy Primer,” is designed to provide an overview of treatments pertinent to pediatric, adult, and geriatric practices, according to an ATU course description. The course will also provide attendees with insight into musculoskeletal-specific precautions and contraindications to immersion.

The overview of treatments will include an emphasis on different musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia, sprains, and back and neck dysfunction. The continuing education course also aims to teach clinicians to justify aquatic therapy interventions to payors and referral sources. The 2-day course includes an 8-hour aquatic lab of the most clinically useful elements of popular aquatic specialty techniques for the musculoskeletal population, as indicated on the ATU course description.

The learning objectives for this course include verbally justifying why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice for a patient; demonstrate several aquatic therapeutic movements or exercises that improve function, strength, and range of motion; and gather, organize, and synthesize information about what payors have to say about aquatic therapy for patients with musculoskeletal complaints.

Additional course objectives include verbally describing three to four aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to this patient population, progressing a specific aquatic task from a lower level of function to increased independence, and developing and implementing a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan for different conditions, such as joint replacement.

The educational course will be in Chicago from November 3 to 4. Kiki Dickinson, MPT, PAqI, will be the instructor for this ATU class. To register for the 2-day event or view additional course details, visit www.aquatic-therapy-university.com.

[Source: Aquatic Therapy University]