Aquatic exercise for persons with haemophilia: A review of literature

Neelapala, Raghava YV and Attal, Radhika and Tandale, Shrishti (2019) Aquatic exercise for persons with haemophilia: A review of literature. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 34. pp. 195-200. ISSN 1744-3881

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Background:and purpose: Aquatic exercise exerts low contact stresses on the joints and may expedite an efficientrecovery in persons with haemophilia. The objective of this review is to provide a qualitative summary of theinterventional trials on the effects of aquatic exercise for haemophilia.Methods:The literature search was carried out in the databases PubMed, CINAHL, CENTRAL, and PEDro toidentify the interventional trials published in the English language from their inception to December 202017.Studies must deliver and report the effectiveness of the aquatic intervention in participants with haemophilia.Quality assessment of the studies was performed using the Down and Black Quality index.Results:Four studies of moderate methodological quality were identified. Overall, the studies reported positiveeffects of aquatic exercise, some in comparison with no treatment and land-based exercise. Two trials reportedimprovements in range of motion of the elbow, knee, ankle joints, and knee muscle strength. Low-level evidencenoticed an increase in aerobic capacity and prothrombin time.Conclusion:The present review identified preliminary supportive research for aquatic intervention in personswith haemophilia. However, more robust interventional trials are required to conclude the effectiveness of theaquatic intervention in haemophilia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bleeding disorders; Haemophilic arthropathy; Hydrotherapy; Underwater exercise
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Physiotherapy
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2019 08:36
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2019 08:36

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