Health System Now Offering Aquatic Therapy in St. Marys

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: July 15, 2008 – The Outpatient Rehabilitation Care Center at the Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus, in partnership with Brooks Rehabilitation, now offers patients aquatic therapy. The aquatic therapy program began this month and is being held in the saltwater pool at Divers Den, in St. Marys. The Health System installed a lift chair to assist patients with limited mobility in getting in and out of the pool.

“Aquatic therapy or pool therapy consists of an exercise program performed in the water. It uses the physical properties of water to assist with exercise performance and healing,” says April Emerson, manager of Rehabilitation Services at the Camden Campus. “Our physical therapists specifically tailor the pool program to the patients’ needs. Swimming experience is not necessary because most exercise is performed standing in the water.”

According to Emerson, numerous diagnoses can be treated with pool therapy. “Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, low back pain/surgery, fibromyalgia, sprains, non-weight bearing injuries, and patients who simply cannot tolerate land weight bearing therapy are candidates for aquatic therapy,” Emerson says. “A prescription from a referring doctor is required, and most insurance companies cover aquatic therapy.”

For more information about this new program, call the Camden Campus Rehabilitation Care Center at (912) 576-6450. For more information about services offered by the Health System, visit www.sghs.com.