Aquatic therapy & osteoarthritis
published in July - August 2019 - in Il Fisioterapista - issue n.4
Virginia Colibazzi, Adriano Coladonato, Davide Savini

Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease characterized by joint pain, limitation of movement, cracking sounds, occasional oedema, and varying degrees of local inflammation. The prevalence increases with age and affects the functional capacity of the person affected. Recent studies support the effectiveness of active treatment to reduce and/ or manage symptoms; however, pain or progression of joint damage in advanced stages can negatively affect the feasibility of proposing active treatment and the patient’s adherence to it.
The aquatic rehabilitation setting could then be a valid treatment modality.