According to the data collected by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, patients with a strong social network including family and friends spend less time in a hospital.
This study provides an example that hospitals must pay equal attention to both physical rehabilitation and psychological recovery.
Zakkoyya Lewis, a doctoral student in UTMD’s department of rehabilitation sciences and the lead author of the study, says: “When someone does not have the social support of family and friends, they take longer to return home to the community. We believe that support from loved ones may lead to better recovery and better quality of life. Our study is one of the first to look at how the level of social support impacts how long patients need to spend in a rehab facility.”
Many health experts agree that it’s almost impossible to beat a water workout for an array of health benefits it gives. They believe that everyone from professional athletes to stroke survivors can benefit from water exercises combining walking or running against the natural resistance of the water.
Running and walking in water is a great physical therapy for people who rehabilitate from the hip, knee, and back surgeries. It is also an easy and simple form of exercise for senior people with arthritis.
A recent study shows that a water workout also can speed recovery from stroke faster compared to the traditional treadmill.
Dr. Naresh Rao, a sports medicine expert and the Olympic Team USA Water Polo Physician for the 2016 Summer Games, says: “We’ve been using hydrotherapy to help decrease any sort of gravity that can affect joint function. I personally prescribe it for knee issues and low back issues.”