Are you Walking with Crutches Due to an Injury or Surgery?
Get Rid of the Crutches and Walk in the Water!
The percentage of weight bearing you experience in different water depths depend on your height, weight and body type. Generally, deep water exercise is non-weight bearing. Standing in neck deep water, you will be weight bearing about 10% and standing at waist depth, you will be weight bearing about 50%.
If you use crutches or a walker on land to decrease weight bearing, you may be able to walk in waist-deep or chest-deep water with or without one or two therapy bars. Since the water’s buoyancy decreases the demands of weight on your body, you may be able to walk more easily and quickly by doing walking in the water. This will speed up your recovery from injury or surgery!