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    For individuals with limited mobility, exercise is crucial for recovery, but traditional land-based exercises can be challenging and even painful. Water provides buoyancy, which can reduce the impact on the body while still allowing for resistance training.
For example, a study published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine found that hydrotherapy was a cost-effective treatment for individuals with spinal cord injuries. The study compared the cost of hydrotherapy to the cost of traditional physical therapy and found that hydrotherapy was more cost-effective, with lower total costs and better outcomes.
In terms of liability, it is important for personal injury lawyers to consider whether hydrotherapy is a reasonable and necessary treatment for their clients. This will depend on factors such as the client’s injury or condition, the severity of their symptoms, and the potential benefits and risks of hydrotherapy.
There have been cases where hydrotherapy has been deemed a necessary and reasonable treatment for personal injury clients. For example, in the case of Thompson v. Everett (2002), the plaintiff was awarded damages to cover the cost of hydrotherapy after a motor vehicle accident left her with chronic pain
and reduced mobility. The court found that hydrotherapy was a reasonable and necessary treatment for the plaintiff’s injuries, and that the cost of hydrotherapy should be covered by the defendant. And here are 4 more examples:
Jackson v. Royal Mail Group Ltd (2011)
- In this case, the claimant suffered a back injury at work and was awarded damages to cover the cost of hydrotherapy treatment.
Young v. Redbridge London Borough Council (2011) - In this case, the claimant suffered a spinal cord injury and was awarded damages to cover the cost of a home hydrotherapy pool.
In terms of timescales, hydrotherapy may be able to speed up the recovery process for certain injuries or conditions. For example, a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy found that hydrotherapy was more effective than land- based therapy for individuals with knee osteoarthritis, with faster improvements in pain, function, and quality of life.
As a case manager or a solicitor dealing with a PI claim, you
could also consider the benefits of home bathing as part of a hydrotherapy recovery plan. Walk-in baths or assisted baths can be an excellent addition to hydrotherapy for post-injury recovery, and there are key benefits of how they can aid in the process, such as improved safety to prevent accidents, providing a comfortable environment at home, speeding up the recovery by reducing inflammation and pain, increasing independence (and therefore reducing the cost of care), and improving mental health of clients and families.
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