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Undergoing Physical Therapy Benefits Some COPD Patients

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a group of aggressive respiratory diseases that can diminish quality of life over time. Many people with COPD experience fatigue and weakness in addition to difficulty breathing, significantly reducing their quality of life.

Researchers at the University of Granada and the Virgen de las Nieves Hospital in Granada recently reviewed the benefits of physical therapy treatment on patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The study, published in COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, involved 49 participants with COPD who also suffered from obesity and other weight-related complications of the disease. Doctors put the patients on a daily physical therapy regiment after admission to the hospital.

The study found that even a brief exercise program lasting between seven and 10 days improved the patients’ physical abilities previously limited by COPD. The exercise also minimized the effects of hospitalization, an important factor as many patients undergo frequent hospitalizations for flare-ups of their symptoms.

The exercises were low-impact and focused on the lower extremities. Doctors used elastic bands to improve patients’ strength and muscle control, pedaling and seated exercises to improve endurance, and exercises while balanced on one foot to improve coordination and control.

If COPD Prevents You From Working, You May Qualify for Disability Benefits

COPD can cause minor symptoms such as shortness of breath, but often can result in serious disabilities such as asthma attacks and chronic bronchitis. If respiratory diseases are keeping you from working and earning an income, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI). Disability Help Group guides disabled individuals through the SSDI application and appeals process.

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