Physical Therapy In The World Of COPD


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
, otherwise known as COPD, is an increasingly diagnosed medical condition affecting approximately 24 million Americans, half of whom aren’t even aware of it. COPD is a term used to generally describe several forms of breathing impairing diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. Recently, a study was conducted in Europe and published in COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in order to examine a hypothesis on beneficial effects of physical therapy treatment to improve lower extremity strength, mobility, and quality of life for these patients.