Aquatic Therapy Program

Lurie Children's aquatic therapy program is a great supplement to land therapy to help children meet the following goals: 

  • Strength
  • Range of motion/flexibility
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Endurance
  • Walking 

Among other benefits, the water provides hydrostatic pressure and buoyancy, providing an alternative sensory experience and reducing human body weight, allowing children to move in ways not possible on land.

The Lurie Children's Difference

We are experts in working with children, and we believe in a team approach to your child’s care. We define the team as the patient, family, medical and PT providers. Our physical therapists have successfully improved the symptoms of patients who have pelvic floor dysfunction, and are passionate about ensuring a positive experience throughout the course of care.

Our program closely collaborates with many medical teams, including but not limited to:

We additionally collaborate closely with the other clinics and providers within the Chicago area to ensure that our patients are receiving the optimal care for their specific needs. 

How to Prepare for PT

Physical therapy is one part of your child’s treatment plan. It is important to follow all recommendations from your provider and medical team. If you have medication or other plan-of-care questions, please contact your medical provider to discuss. You can prepare your child for PT by letting him/her/them know that most of the first session is talking and evaluating general strength. At some point in the plan of care, there will be visual assessment of the pelvic floor musculature by looking at your child’s bottom; however there is never any internal assessment or anything that causes pain.


An order is required for physical therapy. Ask your provider to place one in your child’s chart, or ask for an order to bring to your child’s first appointment.

To schedule: 

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