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Aquatic Services

Duke Health Center at Lenox Baker

What is Aquatic Physical Therapy?

  • Aquatic Physical Therapy is Physical Therapy provided in the pool.

What makes Aquatic Physical Therapy at Duke University’s Lenox Baker facility unique?

  • Our People
  • Aquatic Physical Therapy is provided by two physical therapists and a physical therapist assistant with many years of experience and advanced training.

The Facility

  • At 92 degrees, the water is perfect for rehabilitation of arthritis and other painful musculoskeletal conditions
  • With a depth of 2.5 to 4.5 feet and patented adaptive equipment, even those who cannot swim or are afraid of water can rehabilitate comfortably and safely
  • The pool is fully handicapped accessible with a ramped entry, Hoyer lift, and wheelchairs designed for use in water
  • A spa for after therapy
  • Convenient dressing, bathroom and shower facilities
Free and convenient parking outside our handicapped-accessible facility


  • Your Aquatic Physical Therapy program will be coordinated with a land-based Physical Therapy program facilitating your return to function



Important Reminders

  • Diabetics, please bring a snack and/or drink with you.
  • Any patient with a history of heart problems, including high blood pressure, chest pain, recent bypass surgey, or heart attack must have physician clearance before participating in Aquatic Physical Therapy
  • Please inform your therapist of any special issues you may have including but not limited to open wounds, incontinence, asthma, or fear of water.
  • You may want to have someone drive you to and from the pool on the first couple of sessions.


  • Please bring with you a bathing suit or other aquatic attire suitable for public viewing
  • Please wear or bring a change of clothes
  • Please do not bring valuables as they are unattended in the locker room
  • Please wash off all body lotions before entering the pool
  • Have FUN!
Obtaining a Referral
Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy services require a referral and prescription from your primary care physician or specialist, depending on your insurance coverage. If your insurance company requires pre-certification, that will need to be completed before an appointment is scheduled.
After a referral/authorization is completed, an appointment can be scheduled by calling (919) 684-2445, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
The outpatient clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The pool has more restricted hours. Please call to inquire about a time that is convenient for you.
Parking is free and signs are posted for visitor and patient parking.