Sheriff's Deputy A Believer In Aquatic Therapy After Crash

A head-on collision while Kyle Duren was on his way to work left the Anderson County Deputy unable to walk.

"At first I was real scared," says Kyle. I didn't have an exact idea where I stood."

Not only did Kyle break both legs, his pelvis and hip were also crushed.  The outlook wasn't good.

"They were giving me at best having to use a walker," says Kyle.

Convinced he would walk again, Kyle was ready to try anything, even ETMC's aquatic therapy.

"I wasn't for sure what they could do. You can see an instant difference, but what you can't do in a regular workout because of all the pain and limitations, once you get in the water it is wide open," says Kyle.

"When he first came down, his feet were sensitive," says Katy Hall, Kyle's therapist at ETMC. "He was not able to put weight on his feet. He wasn't able to stand, walk anything."

But, by the end of Kyle's first session, his therapist Katy Hall says he was walking in the water.  An instant splash of hope and wave of confidence.

"Once I got here to the pool I could move better," says Kyle. "I had more motion, more range."

Sooner than Kyle imagined, he was running in the water, taking straightforward strides and moving to more shallow water where he put more weight on his battered bones and nerves.

"The pain is about gone away and I am getting to where they are allowing me more weight on my legs to build strength up," says Kyle. "And it should be anytime I will be going again."

"It just confirms the fact that aquatic therapy really is effective for patients that are limited in their function," says Katy. "The fact that he was able to get up and move so quickly."

Three and half months later, Kyle's recovery is ahead of schedule. He says ETMC's aquatic therapy is the reason he will work again.

"I am going to be there. I am going to be back I am not going to quit here," promises Kyle. "You know I am going to have to walk and go back to work."

Kyle is now in traditional rehab. He's already walking regularly with a walker, and he hopes that when his rehab is complete, he will return to patrol at the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.

Aquatic therapists at ETMC say research shows if patients can initiate their treatment in the water they can usually accelerate their treatment on land.

Dana Dixon reporting