Do you suffer from breathing difficulties? Such as COPD, asthma, lung cancer, long-COVID, or other pulmonary conditions? You might be a candidate for pulmonary physical therapy (or pulmonary PT).
Our team of physical therapists and physical therapy assistants will work with you to design a program that is unique to you.
We use a holistic approach, addressing exercise, breathing, retraining, education, and strengthening. Exercise is essential to improving the function of your heart and lungs, and to strengthen the breathing muscles.
To learn if pulmonary PT is right for you, schedule your appointment today at any one of our physical therapy clinics in Baltimore, MD.
What Is Pulmonary PT?
Pulmonary PT is a program for individuals with chronic lung diseases such as:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Lung Cancer
- Those awaiting lung transplant
The goal is to help our patients lead full, satisfying lives and restore them to their highest functional capacity.
How Many People in the United States Suffer from some form of Breathing Difficulty?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov), approximately 24 million people in the United States suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a common, yet serious lung condition that makes it difficult to breathe. It is estimated that 12 million adults have been diagnosed with COPD, but another 12 million may have the condition but are undiagnosed.
Other respiratory diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension also affect many people in the United States. Asthma alone affects approximately 25 million Americans, while cystic fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension affect around 30,000 and 100,000 individuals respectively. Additionally, it is estimated that an average of 226,000 deaths per year in the US are caused by these respiratory diseases.
Pulmonary PT Benefits
- Reduced symptoms
- Increased strength and endurance
- Healthier lifestyle
- Improved emotional well-being
- Improved independence and self-management
- Increased activity levels
What to Expect
Our team will discuss your condition with you and work to evaluate your baseline. We then design realistic goals along with a plan for therapy.
Your plan may include physical reconditioning, breathing training, energy conservation, coughing techniques, relaxation techniques, and oxygen monitoring and training.