New Femur - Pat

Objective

Rehabilitation following pioneering surgery to replace a femur

Background

An early hip replacement set the tone for Pat Newell, as more replacements followed and eventually the need for pioneering surgery to give her a new femur.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 31º
  • Speed: 2.0 to 4.0kph
  • Depth: 1100
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards and backwards
  • Number of Sessions: 12

Outcomes

Pat arrived at H2O Physio with very poor mobility, in fact she could only walk 10-15 metres at a slow speed, using two sticks. After 12 sessions she walks further, quicker and is a lot less reliant on her sticks.

Rehabilitation on the underwater treadmill has improved Pat's day-to-day life as she is now able to get out and about much more. This greater independence, together with the reduction in pain, has resulted in Pat feeling happier and more fulfilled.

Weight loss and improved muscle strength have had a significant impact on Pat's recovery and will continue to contribute to a much healthier future.