Re: Fusion and Aqua Therapy?
I'm sure, just as with everything else, the timing will vary from surgeon to surgeon...so call and ask yours. He may know of an aqua therapy program, or of a PT that does it, etc. Usually, if the surgeon has cleared you to take a bath, you can go into a pool. The best thing to do very early on is to just walk in the pool, forward, backward and stepping to the side. This would be similar to walking on land, which everyone starts while still in hospital and are encouraged to do every day after.
For anything more strenuous, I would think you'd want to wait at least until six to eight weeks post surgery, and then, under supervision. For the same reasons exercising in water is wonderful, it can also result in the patient moving too far too soon if not properly supervised with some set limitations. Because it is easier to move in the water, it is easy to overdo it and not realize it until many hours later...when the soreness sets in.
Sometimes a surgeon will have a reason why he doesn't want a patient in a pool until 3 months or even later, so please check with your doctor before trying anything.