yes water therapy is great - i do this each year when we open our pool - so it is wonderful - i don't have noodles but i straddle a float raft like a horse and just float around in the pool.
i also walk around in the shallow end very carefully and slowly moving against the flow of the water to help strengthen the legs and lower back - though i do have to be careful. when i swim i can only move my arms and tread the water - i cannot move my legs as this causes so much pain
I had Anterior Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 2 years ago and have worse pains now (not to mention that I have 3 new bulging discs - surgeon even said no to surgery) -
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