COPD and Physical Therapy
Around two decades ago in 2002, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report indicating that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was the 5th-leading killer around the globe. If something is not done this life-threatening respiratory problem will be the 3rd-leading killer by 2030. Besides, budget for COPD medical care will also increase drastically having in mind that by 2020 CDC expects $49 billion to be used.
These are some of the things that are keeping us on our toes as Fusion Physical Therapy; to try and reduce the number of deaths and money being used to treat this disease. Our certified physical therapists are working tirelessly alongside pulmonary rehab teams to ensure you recover from COPD. But what causes this disease?
Causes of COPD
The reason why breathing becomes difficult to the COPD patient is because of how it makes the lungs lose their shape and elasticity which makes them inflamed. This makes the windpipe inefficient in taking in and out the air. Here are some causes of this disease:
- Toxic substances in the air
- Genetic interactions
- Respiratory problems
Previously, this disease was only common in older people but it is now affecting children. This disease usually results in very heavy sputum and consistent coughing. No matter your age, our able physical therapists at Fusion Physical Therapy will ensure you regain your normal health. The disease comes along with other conditions as listed below.
Other health problems related to COPD
- Weakness on the limbs
- Lung cancer
- Coronary artery disease
Before you reach the 4th stage of COPD; very severe, you need to visit us when you are at your mild, moderate or severe stage. At Fusion Physical Therapy we undertake you through rigorous evaluation that may include reviewing your history so as to determine the main cause of COPD.
Our trained physical therapists will also review your medications, carry out tests on your lungs, arms, legs, and assess your balance and movement. Our aim is to improve your breathing process, regain quality of life, and help you carry out your daily roles without many complications. We develop a program and design unique exercises that will make you physically active. Contact us today and get your appointment scheduled.