CASE REPORTS: PDF OnlyThe Effect of Aquatic Physical Therapy on Improving Motor Function and Decreasing Pain in a Chronic Low Back Pain Patient: A Retrospective Case ReportVargas, Luis GAuthor Information LG Vargas, PhD, PT is the Chairperson of the Department of Physical Therapy at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, where he holds the academic rank of Associate Professor. Address all correspondences to Dr. LG Vargas at Department of Health Professions, Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555-3327 USA. Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy: March 1998 - Volume 6 - Issue 1 - p 6-10 Buy Abstract This case report examined the effectiveness of a combination of water-based interventions (Halliwick Method, Watsu, Bad Ragaz Ring Method, manual techniques, and dynamic activities) on the pain and function of a 87-year old male, retired physician with a diagnosis of lumbar radiculopathy. On initial evaluation, the patient reported level 5 pain, impaired dynamic balance, a positive Straight Leg Raise, and a diminished right patellar tendon reflex. Functionally, he relied on a wheelchair for locomotion, and exhibited a marked steppage gait, with bilateral foot drop during the swing phase of gait. He was independent in all transfers and bed mobility. After six weeks of aquatic physical therapy, the patient demonstrated a reduction in pain, an improvement in strength of ankle and foot muscles, improved gait characteristics, and a decreased reliance on his wheelchair. © Williams & Wilkins 1998. All Rights Reserved.