1 Acta Ortopédica Brasileira 2002 Vol: 10(2):. DOI: 10.1590/S1413-78522002000200007

Reabilitação precoce de atletas utilizando hidroterapia após o tratamento cirúrgico de hérnia discal lombar: relato preliminar de 3 casos

Three male athletes submitted to surgical treatment of lumbar disc herniation were assessed aiming to evaluate the results of a rehabilitation protocol based on aquatic therapy. This method allowed early rehabilitation of the athletes, within a week after surgery. The athletes were evaluated in 5 occasions: pre-operatively and in the 4 following months. Complete improvement of pain was observed in two athletes. The third case had 1.3% of the maximum intensity in the 4th month. The daily life activities during the pre-operative period presented 21.6% of the maximum frequency on average, reaching 99.3% in the 4th month. The frequency of practicing sports was on average 10% the pre-operative intensity; in the 4th month the athletes already played sports with a frequency 84.6% of the normal. The level of sporting activities was reported as 10% on average of the one established by the athletes before the symptoms had started, reaching 88.3% in the 4th month. We conclude that the athletes had an evolutionary improvement in all the analyzed parameters, especially as regards pain. Thus, hydrotherapy was an effective and well tolerated method in the early rehabilitation of athletes after disc herniation surgery.

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