If you have COPD, you are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer and a variety of other conditions. This is why it’s imperative to make sure you’re taking care of your heart health and overall wellness.
MD Neuro-Rehab & Wellness Center in Pikesville’s team of physical therapists are skilled experts when it comes to helping our patients improve their heart health and manage the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. If you’re living with this condition, call our clinic in Pikesville to schedule an appointment.
What is COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or (COPD) lung disease that causes inflammation and obstructs airflow from the lungs. This condition is typically caused by long-term exposure to irritating gases or smoking cigarettes.
According to Mayo Clinic, “emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions that contribute to COPD. These two conditions usually occur together and can vary in severity among individuals with COPD.”
Chronic bronchitis refers to inflammation of medium-size airways, or “bronchi” in the lungs. This condition results in a phlegmy cough for at least 3 months per year in a 2 year time span.
Emphysema is a condition in which the body cannot receive the proper amount of oxygen it needs due to the “alveoli” or small air sacs located in the lungs being damaged.
Symptoms of COPD vary from person to person, and can range from moderate to severe.
- Low energy
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling of tightness in chest
- A chronic cough that may produce mucus (sputum)
- Frequent respiratory infections
- In more progressive stages, unintended weight loss
- Swelling in ankles, feet or legs
COPD is a progressive condition as well, however, with proper treatment it is possible to live an active, healthy life.
How can MD Neuro-Rehab & Wellness Center help?
Physical therapy at MD Neuro-Rehab & Wellness Center in Pikesville can help people with COPD. Physical therapists can help you to increase your ability to exercise and stay fit, improve your overall strength, and improve your overall quality of life as well.
Your physical therapist in Pikesville will create a treatment plan full of targeted exercises that can strengthen the muscles used for walking as well as your muscles in your arms so that you can increase your stamina, endurance, and reduce your shortness of breath.
Therapy may also involve technical equipment such as a bike or treadmill to improve cardiovascular stability. Your therapist will always have your best interest in mind and can change your treatment plan to adjust to your abilities and any obstacles you may be facing.
Schedule with us today
Rest assured that you’re in good hands at MD Neuro-Rehab & Wellness Center. If you’re living with COPD, or any other chronic condition, know that our therapists are behind you 100% of the way to help you maintain as much strength and manage any painful or limiting symptoms you may be experiencing.