COPD Patients Encouraged to Take Advantage of Pulmonary Rehabilitation

By: Jeanette Kochman, PT, DPT, OCS   Pulmonary rehabilitation has been clearly demonstrated to improve quality of life in individuals with COPD.  Too often, those with chronic lung disease find themselves in a downward spiral of inactivity and isolation.  The good news is, there is something out there to inhibit this downward spiral. Pulmonary rehabilitation is … Continue reading COPD Patients Encouraged to Take Advantage of Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Tips for Staying Healthy this Winter Season

By: Kala M. Markel, PT, DPT A new year means new beginnings and fresh starts.  January also means colder temperatures, and  if you have a pulmonary issue like COPD, asthma, or emphysema, the cold weather can bring on increased symptoms of shortness of breath and coughing.  Always layer your clothing when going outsideDon’t underestimate even … Continue reading Tips for Staying Healthy this Winter Season

Self-Treatment of Vertigo (BPPV)

By Rachel Long, PT, DPT Have you ever experienced dizziness or vertigo (the sensation of spinning) when changing positions? You may be experiencing Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).  This condition is the most common cause of dizziness and has a high rate of resolution if correct positioning treatment is performed.  Defining BPPV Benign: non-life threatening … Continue reading Self-Treatment of Vertigo (BPPV)

Signs of Infection or COPD Exacerbation

Common Symptoms: Increased coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breathChest tightness that does not go away with your normal medicationsChanges in your mucus color, smell or thicknessTan, yellow, green, or red/rusty colored mucusShallow, or more rapid breathingFever chills, night sweatsConfusion, or feeling more tired than normalMuscle aches, pains or headachesIncreased usage of recue inhaler or nebulizer … Continue reading Signs of Infection or COPD Exacerbation

Post COVID-19 Recovery with Physical Therapy and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

By Dr. Chris Brehm, PT, DPT In previous blogs we talked about how COVID-19 primarily effects the lungs, but “long-hauler” patients can also suffer muscle and joint pain for weeks or months after onset of symptoms.  The longer a patient remains in the hospital or ICU, the more likely they are to experience additional symptoms … Continue reading Post COVID-19 Recovery with Physical Therapy and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Staying Active During COVID-19 With Exercise As Medicine

By Dr. Chris Brehm, PT, DPT Some experts have indicated that we are facing two pandemics: COVID-19, and physical inactivity due to stay at home orders and quarantines.  With more adults spending more time at home, recent evidence suggests that physical activity levels have decreased by approximately 30% and sitting time has increased by approximately … Continue reading Staying Active During COVID-19 With Exercise As Medicine