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Aquatic Sports Medicine Rehabilitation

The Aquatic Sports Medicine Rehabilitation Program at Virginia Hospital Center is the first hospital-based program in Northern Virginia. Through attending the program, you can expect an active recovery while maintaining weight-bearing precautions, if they are in place from your physician, and decrease the forces transmitted through your body when your foot hits the ground. The water will allow you to initiate a walking and/or running program while decreasing inflammation, improving range of motion, and improving circulation. During your first visit, the physical therapist working with you will complete a land and water based evaluation and will create a specific plan of care for rehabilitation and recovery to allow you to return to sport and/or recreational activities. Through your sessions, you will spend time on land and in the water with the therapist, and be provided with a home exercise program.

Common Diagnoses seen by the Aquatics Sports Medicine Team

  • Hip and labral repair
  • Knee, ankle and foot ligament repair or injury
  • Lower extremity and pelvic stress fractures
  • Post-operative micro fractures

Specialized Care Services or Equipment

The HydroWorx® Pool has the following sophisticated features:

  • Deep tissue massage hoses for stripping lactic acid build-up and reducing soreness and muscle fatigue
  • Jets allowing for adjustable water resistance
  • Underwater cameras and big screen monitor allowing real-time gait analysis
  • Variable speed underwater treadmill

Dry Needling is a technique used in physical therapy to treat trigger points in muscles via the insertion of a fine, flexible, sterile needle. No medication is injected during this procedure. The purpose of dry needling is to release shortened bands of muscle in order to decrease pain and improve range of motion and function. You may experience a slight prick when the needle is inserted as well as pain and muscle twitching during the treatment. These are expected occurrences and are signs that the problematic area is being treated. It is not uncommon for bruising to occur around the needled sites and for mild pain to linger a day or two.

Dry needling is part of a comprehensive rehabilitation plan. It is important that you perform your home exercises and follow the advice of your Physical Therapist for optimal recovery.

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The Aquatic Sports Medicine Team

The physical therapists of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Virginia Hospital Center specialize in aquatic therapy and have additional training in rehabilitation in the aquatic setting.

Benefits of the Aquatic Therapy

“It is appropriate for treating any lower extremity injury or surgery that limits the ability to bear weight on a limb. — Lauren Shaub, PT, DPT, CSCS

  • Shorter recovery times
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Reduced muscle pain and swelling

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Contact Info
  • Phone: 703.558.6775
  • Fax: 703.558.6776
  • Location

    The Aquatic Sports Medicine Rehab program offered in a new facility located on Carlin Springs Campus (Virginia Hospital Center Urgent Care). Address:
    601 S Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington VA 22204
  • Hours

    Monday - Thursday
    7:00 am - 5:30 pm

    7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Important Requirement

    To use Outpatient Rehabilitation services at Virginia Hospital Center,
    a written prescription or referral dated in the last 30 days from your physician is required.
  • Registration, Forms & Insurance Information

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