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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


  • The Member Swim Program is available to you if you have finished your Aquatic Physical Therapy and would like to continue to use our exceptional facilities. The cost per session or in groups of 6 visits is, in most cases, less than the cost of an insurance co-pay.


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.