Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

Aquatic Physical Therapy

Patients may benefit from participating in physical therapy in a pool. Water provides buoyancy, which aids patients who have weight-bearing sensitivity or who are unable to tolerate a traditional exercise program.

Adult benefiting from aquatic rehabilitation services

Contact Our Rehabilitation Services

For more information, or to request referral forms, please call one of our locations.

At our program in Providence, licensed therapists provide individualized, professional and experienced care in a heated SwimEx pool, which generates water resistance to maximize the benefits of physical therapy.

At our Newport location, patients can work with experienced therapists in a heated, salt-water aquatic therapy pool through a partnership with St. Clare-Newport, a long-term care facility conveniently located close to the hospital campus.

Some of the diagnoses that benefit from aquatic physical therapy are:

  • arthritis
  • back pain/spine surgery
  • fibromyalgia
  • pre- and post-operative total joint replacement
  • trauma/fractures (without open wounds)
  • neurological conditions

The goal of aquatic PT is to allow patients to actively participate in an exercise program to improve function, then transition to a more traditional therapeutic program.

Aquatic Physical Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Expand a section below to learn more about aquatic physical therapy. 

Do I need to know how to swim?

You do not need to know how to swim but should be comfortable in a pool that ranges in depths up to 5 feet.

Is aquatic therapy billed as physical therapy?

Yes. Aquatic therapy is really aquatic physical therapy. It is a skilled service with direct care from a licensed therapist, so your insurer will be billed for physical therapy services.

How do I get into aquatic PT?

You need an MD referral to be scheduled for a PT evaluation.  After that, you will be oriented to the pool area and scheduled for follow-up visits in aquatic PT.