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Hydrotherapy pool

Hi , I've been referred for physio and hydrotherapy treatment by my surgeon after surgery on my knee , my question is , are there Steps to get in and out of the pool as I'm unsteady on my feet and don't like the sound of a hoist ! Hope someine can help me asap please.

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Hi - I think it will vary from pool to pool. I guess most will have steps or a hoist but I'm sure I've heard of some where there's a slope/ramp you can walk down. It's probably best to discuss this with the physio to see if they can offer you a pool with a slope or some other alternative. Even if it is steps, if you tell them you feel unsteady with steps I'm sure they will hold on to you to help you up and down. Speak to them and see how they can help. Good luck! I've had hydro before and it was great. :-)

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Most have steps with grab rails, you will not be at risk, tell the staff of any fears and worries you have. Good luck with it all xx

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If you are a bit nervous of any steps then tell the physios and they will help you. The water will not be deep but will be warmer than a usual pool.

You will not be asked to do anything that will cause you pain although there may be a bit of stiffness and discomfort in the knee at first.

You will feel pretty good when you get out as you will see an improvement even from the first appointment

Make sure you wear something loose as it can be a pain getting dressed when you are still damp.!

I

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Hi hun,,as a regular user of hydro can I reassure you there are steps down with grab rails both sides,there are seats attached at the side which swing round and drop you slowly into the pool, for non mobile patients there is a stretcher that does the same. its not like a swimming pool at all,lovely showers after and flip flop or croc footwear to wear that are washed after each wearer or take your own but they must have non slip soles!!really it s. Well organised it has to be for health n safety..I.m sure you will love it after a couple of sessions.

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Hi.

Best to check with the pool you will be attending what facilities they offer.

The one I attended was at a hospital and thru were fully geared up for it- steps with rails.a ramp for a wheelchair and a Hoist.

I would guess that is they are offering this as part of a medical package then they will have some form of assistance there.

Like Imsaid give them a call and find out first do you are not left to struggle when you get there.

It's really great treatment.I gave done it and it's do relaxing and beneficial enjoy it.

Crusee

XX

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Hay 291155

What hospital waiting room for rheumatology patients, doesn't have the worst chairs imaginable for people with back problems ?

What A&E dept doesn't have slippery wet floors from over cleaning ?

What Eye Hospital doesn't have the reflective eye level iluminous bands to indicate hazards like walls/poles ?

It seems those who design our hospital facilities, have no concept of what the expected patients struggle with.

Having seen the hydro pool at my local hospital, yes, there are steps to get in and out. But the 'Hospital Friends' have bought at hoist, for those unable to use stairs.

I give up, I will just stay here and rot, rather than be put through the mill by some government official, with tax payer paid health care, decides I can climb a six foot high vertical ladder, to reach the MRI scanner bed.

Hayesider, becoming very grrrrrrrrrrr 👿 👿 👿 👹 👺

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When I went there was a wide ramp slowly sloping down into the pool with rails either side so it was easy to get in and out and the showers were just outside the pool door and the changing booths had a seat in them. Hope yours are the same.x

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If I could I would come and hold your hand....You won't be left to struggle there will be someone to keep an eye on you....I hope you reap some benefit from it...I hope to start soon with Hydro but I am hoping to get it on the NHS not have to pay....fingers crossed!!

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Hi 291155

I have never done anything of this nature due to my COPD but I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck with this.

All my hopes and dreams for you

Ken

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Hi The one i used after i had my hips replaced had a path into it at the side no steps at all.Hope all goes well

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Yes there are steps and rails each side to hold onto. The water is so lovely and warm it is an absolute pleasure to enter. Enjoy

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Yes, steps and hoists available. The pools are designed to be accessible to all. Hydrotherapy us a lovely way to exercise. The water is heated and also supports your weight so much easier to move in water than on land. Take it easy

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Hi the one I used in peckham london the floor rises up and down so very safe I don't know if they all the same

Phyllis

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