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AH! Arthritis Help/Aquatics at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE

Aquatics Rehabilitation

The Rehabilitation Department, as part of Good Samaritan Health Systems, is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

Good Samaritan Health Systems Aquatics Rehabilitation Program is a state of the art, comprehensive treatment and education system designed to assist individuals with debilitating diseases of arthritis and other orthopedic/neurologic injuries.

The whole focus of the program revolves around treatment and teaching individuals to deal with and manage their own symptoms to increase quality of life.

Therapist helping an individual in pool. Our licensed therapists provide individualized therapy programs specifically designed to meet each patient's needs. Our facility offers a complete, comprehensive array of therapy including ultrasound, E-Stim and massage. Good Samaritan Health Systems Arthritis/Aquatics program offers both cool and warm water. Cooler water in the outside ring of the Turttle® Pool is approximately 86° and the inner pool averages 94°+.

Aquatic treatment works because of water buoyancy which decreases the effect of gravity by enabling weakened muscles a greater range of motion, strength and flexibility.

A patient immersed up to his/her neck, for instance, experiences a 90 percent reduction of gravitation forces. In chest deep water, the effects of gravity can decrease 70 percent, and in waist deep water 50 percent. In addition, buoyancy helps patients gait train, particularly for those trunk and lower extremities that cannot support them on land.

We offer a variety of options to our patients:

  1. Healthy Lifestyles RN Nurse Educator - provides education on diagnosis, treatment and management of disease as well as the coordination of care with other members of the health systems.
  2. Physical Therapy - provides services by a licensed therapist which includes evaluation, modalities and land or aquatic treatment.
  3. Occupational Therapy - provides services by a licensed therapist providing patients with skills for the job of living which include: activities of daily living, splinting and adaptive devices.
  4. Myofascial Release - is a whole body, hands-on approach for the evaluation and treatment of arthritis pain resulting in decreased pain, improved range of motion and increased function.
  5. Independent Pool Use - is offered for individuals that have completed the program or have received instructions from the therapists. This is for patients that want to continue with what they have learned and maintain themselves while managing their symptoms. Click here to see photos of our pool.
The staff consists of a physical therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapy assistant and administrative secretary.

Consultative staff consists of a dietitian, nurse educator, exercise specialist, social worker, pharmacist and psychologist.

How to contact us or make a referral
It is requested that the physician write an order for the treatment requested and other services needed (i.e. educations, Myofascial Release, OT, etc). Also necessary on the order is a diagnosis and if there are any restrictions on hot tub or sauna, we ask that it is put on the order. We thank you in advance for physician cooperation. Please feel free to contact us at (308) 865-7757 with any questions you may have or to make a referral.

Hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.


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