Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy

With the help of aquatic rehabilitation, you can regain mobility quickly, with less pain and stress on the injured area. Aquatic rehabilitation can begin one or two days after a sprain or strain, or within a few days after surgery, with a physician’s approval. Prompt treatment can lead to faster recovery and lessen potential complications.

Water has long been considered an excellent medium for therapy as it facilitates improved strength, balance, circulation, endurance, gait and flexibility with physical therapy treatments that might be too risky or stressful on land.

Our therapists will determine if aquatic therapy is appropriate for you and then design a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs. Sessions are one-on-one with the aquatic therapist and take place in water that is only chest deep, so any fear of water can be easily accommodated. Conditions treated include:

  • Arthritis
  • Decreased weight-bearing strength
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint replacement
  • Low back pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neurological conditions
  • Orthopaedic surgery

For a therapy appointment at any Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital location, please call Central Scheduling at 847.535.8000. Please email any questions you have to

You will need a physician’s referral to start aquatic therapy with a Northwestern Medicine licensed physical therapist, who will evaluate and treat your condition. You can bring the referral to your first appointment, or have your physician’s office fax it in advance. The duration of therapy varies according to individual needs, however, early intervention can shorten the length of time needed for you to see results. Aquatic rehabilitation is appropriate for a variety of diagnoses and is safe for swimmers and non-swimmers alike. We treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Balance issues
  • Joint and spinal pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pregnancy-related low back pain
  • Recovery from joint replacement surgery
  • Athletic injuries (ankle, back, knee and shoulder)
Learn more about our Aquatic Therapy.

Pain-Free Exercise to Relieve Arthritis, Sports Injuries, and More

Chronic pain from conditions like arthritis and sciatica, and soreness from injuries and joint replacement can make exercise too difficult to bear. Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Physical Therapy offers aquatic therapy at its Sycamore location and at Fox Valley Family YMCA in Plano so patients can enjoy the benefits of exercise without pain.

Aquatic therapy at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital provides:

  • Evaluation and treatment
  • Orthopedic management
  • Balance and gait deficits
  • Underwater treadmill (available in the Sycamore location only)
  • Water flow resistance training
  • Resistance equipment

Amenities Provided

In addition, the Sycamore location offers:

  • 95 degree therapy pool
  • Underwater treadmill
  • Easy-access steps
  • Special water therapy equipment
  • Water flow options

Diseases and Conditions

Immersed in chest-high water, aquatic therapy patients bear only 20% of their body weight on their legs; the buoyancy of the water supports 80%, which promotes a more rapid recovery following surgery or injury.

Aquatic therapy is ideal for patients with:

  • Arthritis
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • Ankle/leg fractures
  • Sports injuries
  • Low back pain and upper back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rotator cuff injuries
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